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ELC Boston English Vocabulary Lesson – Thanksgiving! November 23rd, 2016

English grammar lesson Thanksgiving

Welcome to the fourth Thursday in November, also known as Thanksgiving! It is a common misconception that this holiday is only celebrated in The United States. In fact, Canadians also celebrate Thanksgiving, but in October. I will let you do your own research to find out WHY!

Let’s take a look at some important vocabulary you will need on this important day.

Food
Turkey: white meat or dark meat
Pies: pumpkin, pecan, apple, sweet potato
Sides: stuffing, gravy, dinner rolls, green bean casserole, butternut squash, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce

See how many of the above items you can identify in the picture below:

English vocabulary lesson food

Idioms
To pig out: to eat a lot, or too much
To eat like a pig: to eat messily
To eat like a bird: to eat very little
To wolf (something) down: to eat very quickly
To be stuffed: to be full of food so that you can’t eat anymore

Culture
The Pilgrims: Early European settlers of Plymouth Colony. One half of the first Thanksgiving
Native Americans: Indigenous people of the Americas. The other half of the first Thanksgiving
Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade: Annual parade down the streets of New York City. Attended by almost 3.5 million people
Football: A favorite American sport played on the holiday, and watched by nearly everyone
Black Friday: The day after Thanksgiving. Commonly thought of as the start of the holiday shopping season
To give thanks: to offer your thanks for people, acts, situations, things. During the Thanksgiving day meal, it is common for each person at the table to take turns saying one thing they are thankful for

I hope that this list of vocabulary will make your Thanksgiving even more enjoyable! Don’t forget to give thanks each and every day!