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Christmas is Coming!

II. Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation again by pressing the Play Audio button and read along with the conversation. Review the Key Vocabulary and the sample sentences.

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Man: Well, Christmas is almost here. So, what do you want from Santa this year?

Micky: A toy car and walkie-talkies.

Man: Really? Well, and what about you, Emily? What do you want for Christmas?

Emily: If I can't have a Barbie radio, um, I would have some fragile dolls. And if I can't have some fragile dolls, it doesn't really matter what I get.

Man: Wow. Well, I'm excited, and Santa is coming. And how is Santa going to get inside the house, Micky?

Micky: Um, go down the chimney . . .

Man: Okay, so he's going to go down the chimney, and should we prepare anything for Santa?

Micky: Yeah!

Man: What are we going to prepare for him, Emily?

Emily: Um. We could prepare some cookies for him and some hot chocolate, and, um, we could give Rudolph some, um, hot chocolate in a bowl and a cookie. And we could give some of the reindeer some cookies and some hot chocolate in a bowl.

Man: Well, what do you think? They, Um, reindeer probably don't eat cookies, but what else could we give them, Micky?

Micky: Um, apples.

Man: Ah, that's good. And, uh . . .

Emily: Oranges and bananas.

Man: Okay and what time do you think we should go to bed?

Emily: Um, seven.

Man: About seven o'clock. Well, that's exciting. I'm really happy that Christmas is coming.

Key Vocabulary[Top]

  • walkie-talkies (noun): small portable radio receiver-transmitters used for communicating with others
    - We always take walkie-talkies when we go hiking in case of emergencies.

  • barbie (noun): the name of a brand doll
    - My daughter wants a barbie doll house for Christmas.

  • fragile (adjective): easily broken or damaged, delicate
    - Handle this vase with care. It's very fragile.

  • chimney (noun): the place in a house where smoke from a fire goes up and out of the roof
    - You should clean out the chimney before we use it this winter.

  • Rudolph (pronoun): the name of Santa's reindeer with the shiny red nose
    - According to the story, Santa needed Rudolph to guide his sleigh on one stormy, Christmas Eve.

Vocabulary Activities [Top]

Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations.

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