General Listening Quiz

“Holiday Traditions”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
easy holidays man and interviewees 01:32

Pre-Listening Exercise

Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Day are some of the major holidays in the United States. From what you understand, how are these holidays celebrated (food, family activities, local celebrations, games and recreation, etc.)?


see eye to eye” = agree on this, have the same opinion
Even though we come from different countries, we see eye to eye on many different issues.”

stick out like a sore thumb” = very visible because something is different
If we don’t follow the traditions, language, and body language of the culture, our actions might stick out like a sore thumb.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Where does this news program take place?

News Reporter: Hello. This is Charles Richards from Channel 7 News, and we're down here, uh, at the City Mall, interviewing people on how they celebrate Christmas.

How does the young girl, Elizabeth, celebrate this holiday with her family?

Young Girl: We go sledding, and we go over to my grandparents' house and have dinner with them.

What does Johnny and his family eat on this day?

News Reporter: And, uh, does your family eat anything particular for Christmas? Johnny: Turkey . .

Steven feels that Christmas is a time when people ____.

News Reporter: Okay, and Steven, what does Christmas mean to you? Steven: Giving but not expecting to get.

The final girl says that the best thing about Christmas is ____.

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!

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

Imagine an international exchange student is coming to live with you for a year. Talk about one holiday in your country, its meaning and significance, and what activities are held on that day. 

Online Investigation

What are the three most important holidays in your country? What are three Web sites in English that can explain these holidays to others? Use the Internet to find this information.