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BLACK FRIDAY: LISTENING

1. Answer the questions to check your comprehension. If you don't


know an answer, don't worry. Skip it, then try to answer it when after
you listen again.
1: What is the day just after Thanksgiving called in the US?
2: What happens on that day?
3: Where did the term begin?
4: Why do retailers like Black Friday?
5: The article calls Black Friday a last chance shopping season? What does this
mean?
6: The article comments about people who oppose Black Friday. What did they do?
7: Why do they oppose shopping?

2. Listen and write the sentences:


Because so many companies have a four day weekend... (paragraph 1)
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It's their best opportunity to improve earnings for the year, and take... (paragraph 3)
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But there are also some people who strongly oppose... (paragraph 4)
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For those who don't like shopping, then it's... (paragraph 5)
__________________________________________________________________
_
3. After listening, what do you think about Black Friday? Is it a good or
bad thing? And do you have a similar shopping event in your
country?

Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the forth Thursday of November.


Children dont go to school and businesses close for four days. It is a
special day for families, and people travel great distances just to be
with their families for this occasion.

This tradition started with the Pilgrim Fathers. They were the
founders of a colony in North America. These people were Puritans,

When do they
celebrate
Thanksgiving?

they were against the Church of England and they suffered religious
persecution in England, so they wanted to start a new life. So, on the

a) 4th Thursday
Nov.

6th September 1620, 102 men, women and children left Plymouth in a
ship called Mayflower. The voyage wasnt easy, but finally the arrived

b) 4th October

in America on the 11th December 1620. They landed on the north-west

c) 4th November

coast and they called this place Plymouth. But it was winter, and there
wasnt much food. They immediately began to build small houses, but

Who were the


Pilgrim Fathers?
a) Just two pilgrims
b) The founders of a
colony

it was too late to grow crops. The winter was long and half of them
died. In the spring, native American called Squanto helped them how
to grow corn and how to hunt. Soon, the pilgrims and the Wampanoag
native Americans became friends. The pilgrims grew crops and that
summer harvest was excellent. By November 1621, everyone had food
and home. There was hope for the future. Then, the governor of the

c) The Church of
England

Pilgrims colony decided to celebrate with a dinner this because he


wanted to thank God. That was the first Thanksgiving dinner, and it
continued for three days.

What was the


name of their ship?
a)
b)
c)

Mayflower
Unknown
Wampano
ag

Today the traditional Thanksgiving meal is similar to the first. People


eat roast turkey with cranberry sauce, potatoes and pumpkin pie.
Many organisations also prepare a free meal for poor people in their
towns or cities.
In New York, there are also parades and more than two million people

When did the pilgrims


arrive?
a)
b)
c)

go and see it every year.

In 1620
In 1621
Unknown

How many people


were there in the
Mayflower?
a)
b)
c)

50
Unknown
120

What is the
Thanksgiving
traditional meal?
a)
b)
c)

Pumpkin Pie
Roast
Turkey
Both and
more

What was the name of


the first city they
founded?
a)
b)
c)

Plymouth
New York
Wampanoag

Whats the reason to


celebrate Thanksgiving?
a)
b)
c)

Thank God
Religious
festivity
Eat turkey.

A Say if they are True (T), False (F) or Unknown (DS). Then, correct the
sentences by showing an evidence from the text.

0. Canadians do not celebrate Thanksgiving.


..................................................................................

DS

1. Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth


Thursday of November.
.................................................................................
2. The tradition of Thanksgiving started with the
Pilgrims.
..................................................................................
3. There were only fifty people on the Mayflower.
..................................................................................
3. They settled a colony in the south-west coast,
and they called it Plymouth.
.................................................................................
4. The first winter in Plymouth was very difficult.
.................................................................................
5. Native Americans didnt help them grow crops
and build houses.
.................................................................................
6. The first Thanksgiving diner continued for three
days.
.................................................................................
7. They werent very religious. Thats why they left.
.................................................................................

B Match each word with the suitable meaning.

a) Puritans
b) Voyage
c) Grow crops

1) Native American tribe.


2) Time to collect the crops.
3) Very religious people that follows religious rules
very strictly.

d) Wampanoag
e) Pilgrim
f) Harvest

4) Person who emigrates for some reason.


5) Very large trip.
6) Cultivate new products to harvest.

C Complete the letter of this pilgrim to his friend with the most appropriate
words/expressions.
My dear Thomas,
It is difficult to believe we arrived (0)______ nearly only one (1)______ ago. The
voyage (2)_____ the Mayflower was terrible. We are lucky to be alive.
We have our own (3)_______, and youll be surprised to know we have called it
Plymouth. Winter was very long and (4)_________. But the natives have helped us
friendly to (5)________ houses and (6)_______ crops. We have worked a lot, and the (6)
_________ has been good we have a lot of food-.
Thank God for his help,
Your friend, William