Pre-Listening Question

What does Christmas mean to you or to those who celebrate this holiday?

Vocabulary and Expressions

Here are some words and expressions that appear in the video:

grinch (noun): a person who is unfriendly or grumpy
– James is a real grinch. He doesn’t like being around anyone this time of year.

bruch (noun): a late-morning meal eaten instead of breakfast and lunch
– Who is coming over for brunch on Christmas day?

designated (adjective): chosen or assigned for a specific purpose or person
– This money has already been designated for the Christmas party, so we have to use other funds to buy gifts.

Listening Comprehension Questions

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.

Conversation Questions

What are some end-of-year activities that people celebrate in your country? What is the meaning of any of these particular holidays? How are these days celebrated?

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