“Gift Suggestions”



Pre-Listening Question

What kinds of gifts do people give in these situations?

  • a wedding
  • a college graduation
  • a birth
  • Mother’s Day

Vocabulary and Expressions

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

ideal (adjective): the best or most suitable type
– Giving money is often the ideal gift for some people.

household appliance (expression): a device, often electrical, that does a certain job in the home (examples include a vacuum cleaner, a dishwasher, or a rice cooker)
– A small household appliance like a rice cooker might be a nice gift for a new couple.

perceive (verb): be aware of, come to realize, notice, or understand
– Getting your boyfriend a tie for his birthday might be nice, I perceive one problem: I never see him wear one.

be thrilled (verb): be excited or very happy
– Our kids were thrilled with the idea of buying gifts for a family in need for Christmas.

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 kind of gift would you give these people for their birthday? Explain if there is a reason why you wouldn’t give a gift.

  • to a parent
  • to a coworker
  • to a boss
  • to a sibling
  • to a partner

Related Language Activities on Randall’s Web Site

The following activities are somewhat related gift-giving practices in different situations.

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