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Hey everybody, Alisha here. Today we are going to talk about Thanksgiving and some Thanksgiving related vocabulary words. So let’s get started.
The first word is just Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a national holiday in America. It might be holiday in your country as well. You might have something similar to Thanksgiving. Basically it’s a holiday which is well known for eating Turkey and large, large quantities of other foods which are really hearty. A lot of families chose to get together. People come from all over the country to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with their family members and friends in some cases. Thanksgiving is the 4th Thursday of every November, right?
Next is the word Turkey.
Turkey is a big bird which we almost I would say exclusively eat at Thanksgiving. It’s delicious. It makes you sleep if you eat a lot of it. Here is a picture of President Obama pardoning a Turkey. Why do we do this? Look at – his daughter is in the background facepalming. Oh that’s funny. So the president pardons a turkey every Thanksgiving to, I guess show the Turkey that it’s not going to be slaughtered. All of its wrong doings are forgiven. And my favorite Thanksgiving food is Turkey.
The next word is cornucopia. This is something that you only really see around Thanksgiving time. It looks kind of like a horn, it’s a horn-shaped thing and it usually has fresh fruits and maybe vegetables inside. According to this, it says it’s a symbol of plenty. So whatever it is full of, it’s usually just kind of overflowing with that. It’s to signify that you have a lot of you know food. You have enough of something. So that’s something you might see around Thanksgiving time. My mom puts out a Cornucopia of vegetables and fruits every year at Thanksgiving dinner.
Another good word to know is Cranberry sauce. This is a really, really popular dish at Thanksgiving. It’s more of a dessert in my mind anyway. Its jelly that’s made of cranberries and it’s really sweet. Some people like to top it with whipped cream. Different families have different recipes. It’s pretty well known and it goes really well with Turkey. So give it a try if you see it. Cranberry sauce is my brother’s favorite Thanksgiving dish.
Pilgrim is the next word. Pilgrim is a word that refers to the people who came to what is now America, what is now the United States, from England and you might have seen historical pictures of them. People like to make fun of the fact that they had buckles on their hats. Big pointy black hat and a lot of the pictures in children’s history books. Pilgrims ate Thanksgiving dinner with the Native American population for the first Thanksgiving. That’s how the holiday got started actually.
And that’s the end. Thank you for joining us about Thanksgiving. I hope that you enjoyed a Thanksgiving sometime. No I don’t. If you do, great. If you don’t whatever, I don’t know. So those are some words that you might be able to use if you find yourself in a Thanksgiving dinner some day. I hope you enjoyed, happy Thanksgiving. I want to end it.

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Saturday at 06:30 PM
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Which word do you like the most?

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Thursday at 08:56 AM
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Hi there Alla,


Glad you learnt something new. It's great to have you on board with us!


If you ever have any questions regarding your studies, please let me know.


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Alla
Wednesday at 06:06 AM
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It's very ineresting about thanksgiving. I didn't know about this holiday.

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Hello Milan,


Thank you for posting.


Yes Milan it is a casual form, good eye there. the reason we don't usually add "is being" is because everyone at the party knows that the cooking is what's being cooked not doing the cooking or anything strange.


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Milan
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Hello, may I have a question? In the downloadable .pdf file there is this sentense: "Families that aren't sports fans, however, may opt to spend time outside enjoying the crisp autumn air or may find other diversions to enjoy while the turkey cooks." The part "... while the turkey cooks" seems to be somehow funny to me. I mean it sounds like turkey is cooking himself 😮. I would expect maybe "while the turkey is being cooked". Can you please explain why you used the "... while the turkey cooks"? Is it some casual form or something?

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Hi Jack Lim,


Good choice!


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Sunday at 02:59 PM
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Thanksgiving:thumbsup::heart:

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Hi MAC,


Thanks for the comment!


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Hello Yanolsky!


Thank you :innocent:


Happy New Year!


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great :heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup: