Are birthdays celebrated in your culture and/or family, and if so, how are they observed (activities, food, guests, gifts)?
Here are some words and expressions that appear in the video:
take off (verb): take a vacation from an activity or work
– I’m going to take off Friday to spend time with family for our son’s birthday.
sweet sixteen (expression): a time that signals a girl becoming a young woman in some parts of the United States
– How did you celebrate your sweet sixteen last week?
extinguish (verb): cause something to stop burning
– The kids accidentally caught some newspapers on fire at the birthday party, and I extinguished it quickly before there was a problem.
ruin (verb): damage or destroy
– My son left his toys on the floor after the birthday party, and our dog ruined them.
– We had planned to have a fun party outside, but the bad weather ruined our plans.
Now, watch the interview and answer the comprehension questions. You can also turn on the automatically-generated captions for the video once you start it.
2. Do companies in your area provide paid leave for any of the situations mentioned above? In what cases would you have to take time off without pay?
3. In your family or culture, are there any celebrations to commemorate the transition from childhood to adulthood similar to a “sweet sixteen” event?
4. What kinds of activities or situations could ruin a fun party (for example, bad weather or unexpected unruly guests)? Has anything like this happened to you before?