Vocabulary Lessons

"Celebrations"

Introduction

Special events like family get-togethers, barbecues, and weddings form part of our everyday relationships with relatives and friends. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context. You can use the Internet to find such sentences.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

    1. baby shower
    2. barbecue / cookout
    3. birthday party
    4. dance
    5. family get-together
    6. going-away party
    7. feast
    8. fireworks display
    9. funeral
    10. graduation
    11. parade
    12. picnic
    13. potluck dinner
    14. reception
    15. wedding
    16. welcome party
    • attend a party
    • cancel a get-together
    • hold a reception
    • postpone a dance
    • throw a going-away party

Practice

We're going to throw a ________ for my brother because he is going overseas for a year to study.

It looks like were going to have to _______ the cookout until next week because of the weather.

When you have a _______ at someone's house in some parts of the United States, you should bring a dish to share with the rest of the people.

Follow-Up Activity

Do people in your country have special events and celebrations throughout the year for weddings, graduations, the birth of children, and other special times? If so, who is usually invited, what foods and drink are served, and are there any traditional games that are played on these days? Also, collect information on how such events are celebrated in different countries.