General Listening Quiz
“Holiday Traditions – Script”
Listen to the recording and read along with the conversation. Review the key vocabulary and the sample sentences.
News Reporter: Hello. This is Charles Richards from Channel 7 News, and we’re down here at the, uh, City Mall, interviewing people on how they celebrate Christmas. And, hi young lady. What is your name?
Young Girl: Elizabeth Carter.
News Reporter: And, Elizabeth, uh. How does your family celebrate Christmas?
Young Girl: We go sledding, and then go over to my grandparents’ house and have dinner with them.
News Reporter: Well, that is great, and let me ask this young man. Hi, what is your name? [Johnny.] And Johnny, how old are you?
News Reporter: Five. And, uh, does your family eat anything particular for Christmas?
Johnny: Turkey . . .
News Reporter: And what does Christmas mean to you?
Young Girl: Going to my grandma’s and making their breakfast.
News Reporter: Going to grandma’s and making breakfast. And let me ask another young man. Hi, what is your name? [Steven.] Okay, and Steven, what does Christmas mean to you?
Steven: Giving but not expecting to get.
News Reporter: Yeah. That’s kind of hard for a young man like yourself. And what does that mean: Giving by not expecting?
Steven: Well, one thing that we do is secret giving.
News Reporter: Secret giving? Now how does that work in your family?
Steven: We sneak up to the porch of somebody that we want to give to them, ring the doorbell, and hide.
News Reporter: Ring the doorbell and hide? Uh, so you’re not expecting something; you just want to be generous to someone else. Is that right?
Steven: Yeah. That’s correct.
News Reporter: And let’s interview one more. And, uh, how do you celebrate Christmas? What is the best thing about Christmas and what does it mean to you?
Child: It means getting off from school!
News Reporter: Getting off from school?! Do you all feel that way?
Group of Children: Yeah!!
Young Girl: Because I hate homework.
News Reporter: Yeah. Well, that’s all here from the City Mall. Channel 7 reporting.
Vocabulary and Sample Sentences
- sledding (noun): the activity or sport of riding on a sled, usually in snow
– I took the kids sledding yesterday down a real fun hill, and we had a great time.
- particular (adjective): special or specific
– Our family doesn’t do anything particular on Christmas morning besides opening up gifts.
- sneak (verb): to advance or approach without being seen
– My son often tries to sneak into the kitchen and take a cookie when no one is watching.
- hide (verb): to prevent from being seen or discovered
– Parents often hide their children’s Christmas presents to keep them a secret.
- generous (adjective): willing to give or share freely
– People are often very generous around the holiday season and donate.