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"turn" = become a year older

"Our youngest daughter is going to turn 16 this week, and we're all excited to celebrate her special day."

"mooch off of someone" = expect someone to pay your expenses

"Hey, now that you've turned 25, don't you think it's time to stop mooching off of mom and dad?"

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[ Quiz Script ]

Happy Birthday!
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening
5. Online Investigations

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easybirthdaysconversationman - boy01:07

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What activities do people do at a birthday party in your country? Also, what traditional foods do people prepare and eat at such events?

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2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What is the boy's name?
A. Matthew
B. Michael
C. Mitchell

2. How old is the boy turning in the conversation?
A. seven
B. eight
C. nine

3. What does he want to do first?
A. play outdoor games
B. open presents
C. eat cake and ice cream

4. Which statement is true about the game at the party?
A. You have to catch a large ball without dropping it.
B. You need to chase children around and touch them.
C. You need to hide somewhere so no one can find you.

5. Who is coming to the party?
A. aunts, grandparents, and cousins
B. grandparents, cousins, and uncles
C. friends, cousins, and grandparents

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Share a story about one of your favorite birthdays. How did you celebrate the day, and what made it special? Did you eat any special foods? What presents did you receive? Are there any unique birthday traditions and customs in your family or culture?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Although everyone has a birthday once a year, the way that we celebrate this day is often different from person to person, from family to family, and from culture to culture. Use the Internet to learn about different birthday traditions from two cultures other than you own and report on how these customs are similar or different than your own.

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