BBC 6 Minute English – Festive feelings
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BBC 6 Minute English – Festive feelings

December 9, 2019


Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English, I’m
Rob and I’m Finn, hello , and a merry Christmas
to you all! Thanks for that festive greeting Finn. Yes, many people around the world are
getting ready to celebrate Christmas, including me
and me Rob! For me, it’s the time of year when we don’t
have to go to work, we eat and drink lots and, of course, we get
presents. So, Rob, what have you got me? Wait and see Finn , I haven’t wrapped it yet! Don’t forget Christmas is also a time
for giving presents too. We’ll be finding out what Christmas means
to other people soon and using some vocabulary connected to
the festive season , another way of saying ‘the Christmas period’. But let’s start with a question. Yes, the question is: what have you bought
me for Christmas? No Finn, it’s not! We know Christmas is full of traditions , events
and activities that started a long time ago and now happen every
year. Well, in Germany it’s traditional
to lock a room before Christmas. So Finn, do you know what happens in that
room? Is it
a) used to prepare the Stollen cake, a moist bread filled with fruit. b) where the tree is decorated, and presents
placed underneath. c) in olden days it was used to breed a turkey
for the Christmas feast. To breed a turkey! Very interesting! But I think Stollen cake is German so I’m
going to say a) where they made the Stollen cake. OK , I’ll let you know the answer later on. So let’s talk more about Christmas and
what it means to different people. For some people it’s a religious occasion. Some people believe this is when Jesus Christ
was born , so it’s a sort of birthday celebration. People might go to a church service and sing
carols , those are the traditional Christmas songs. Other people like to just let their hair down
, or have a good time , because it is the middle of the cold, dark winter , although
not everywhere. Indeed. It’s the middle of the summer in Australia,
so some people celebrate with a barbeque on the beach. But I quite like it being cold and dark here
in the UK , it feels special decorating the house with lights and candles. And it’s a good excuse for staying indoors
and eating and drinking! I guess the thing that most people do at Christmas
is catch up with friends and family. Well, that’s what I do. Me too. Well, let’s find out what Christmas means
to other people. Listen out for the
words they use to describe their feelings. I suppose Christmas is a time where I feel
hopeful for what lies ahead; feel thankful for what I have both materially received and
also for the good times that we’ve had; and then joyous I suppose, as well. Relaxed, happy, fat! Three words to describe Christmas I suppose
is: family first of all; holidays, going back home, and thirdly, I suppose, community,
getting together, usually at home, in the pub with friends from around the neighbourhood
and that sort of thing. So those
are the three words that describe Christmas. Some interesting words there. The first man said he felt hopeful , so, he’s
feeling good about what lies ahead in the future. And he felt thankful , grateful for what he
had received. He felt thankful for the
material things he has and he’s also thankful for all the good times he’s had. I’ll drink
to that! Ha! That’s something you can say to mean you agree
with what someone says. Another word he used was joyous , meaning
full of happiness. We also heard from other people using positive
words like happy and relaxed. Someone said they felt fat , probably because
of stuffing themselves with food. Someone else said, to them, Christmas meant
family and going home for a holiday too. And they said community. A community is a group of people who have
common interests, and often because they live in the same area , the same neighbourhood. And he said a good place for the community
to come together is at the pub , that’s a very British place where you can socialise
over a drink or two. I think I might head
to the pub now Finn. A good idea Rob. But what about the answer to today’s question
first? Ah yes. Earlier I asked you if you knew what happens
in a room that in German tradition is locked before Christmas. Is it to? a) prepare the Stollen cake, a moist bread
filled with fruit. b) decorate the tree, and put presents underneath. c) in olden days, to breed a turkey for the
Christmas feast. And I said a) it’s where they prepare the
Stollen cake. It’s a nice idea but you are wrong. Was it the turkey? No, the room is actually locked just to decorate
the tree and put presents underneath. Really?! Quite a nice tradition anyway. By the way, here’s your present. Happy Christmas!
(unwrapping) Thanks Rob it’s a dictionary. Yes, it could come in useful. It’s the thought that counts! Thank you Rob. Yes I need to improve my vocabulary! Well, that’s it for this 6 Minute English. Please check out our website at
www.bbclearningenglish.com. And join us again next week for more 6 Minute
English. Bye.

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  1. Transcript:
    BBC 6 Minute English
    Festive feelings
    Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English, I'm Rob
    and I'm Finn, hello , and a merry Christmas to you all!
    Thanks for that festive greeting Finn. Yes, many people around the world are
    getting ready to celebrate Christmas, including me
    and me Rob! For me, it's the time of year when we don't have to go to work, we
    eat and drink lots and, of course, we get presents. So, Rob, what have you got me?
    Wait and see Finn , I haven't wrapped it yet! Don't forget Christmas is also a time
    for giving presents too. We'll be finding out what Christmas means to other people
    soon and using some vocabulary connected to the festive season , another way of
    saying 'the Christmas period'. But let's start with a question.
    Yes, the question is: what have you bought me for Christmas?
    No Finn, it's not! We know Christmas is full of traditions , events and activities that
    started a long time ago and now happen every year. Well, in Germany it's traditional
    to lock a room before Christmas. So Finn, do you know what happens in that room?
    Is it
    a) used to prepare the Stollen cake, a moist bread filled with fruit.
    b) where the tree is decorated, and presents placed underneath.
    c) in olden days it was used to breed a turkey for the Christmas feast.
    To breed a turkey! Very interesting! But I think Stollen cake is German so I'm going
    to say a) where they made the Stollen cake.
    OK , I'll let you know the answer later on. So let's talk more about Christmas and
    what it means to different people. For some people it's a religious occasion.

    Some people believe this is when Jesus Christ was born , so it's a sort of birthday
    celebration. People might go to a church service and sing carols , those are the
    traditional Christmas songs.
    Other people like to just let their hair down , or have a good time , because it is
    the middle of the cold, dark winter , although not everywhere.
    Indeed. It's the middle of the summer in Australia, so some people celebrate with a
    barbeque on the beach.
    But I quite like it being cold and dark here in the UK , it feels special decorating the
    house with lights and candles. And it's a good excuse for staying indoors and eating
    and drinking!
    I guess the thing that most people do at Christmas is catch up with friends and
    family. Well, that's what I do.
    Me too. Well, let's find out what Christmas means to other people. Listen out for the
    words they use to describe their feelings.
    I suppose Christmas is a time where I feel hopeful for what lies ahead; feel thankful
    for what I have both materially received and also for the good times that we've had;
    and then joyous I suppose, as well.
    Relaxed, happy, fat!
    Three words to describe Christmas I suppose is: family first of all; holidays, going
    back home, and thirdly, I suppose, community, getting together, usually at home, in
    the pub with friends from around the neighbourhood and that sort of thing. So those
    are the three words that describe Christmas.
    Some interesting words there. The first man said he felt hopeful , so, he's feeling
    good about what lies ahead in the future.
    And he felt thankful , grateful for what he had received. He felt thankful for the
    material things he has and he's also thankful for all the good times he's had. I'll drink
    to that!
    Ha! That's something you can say to mean you agree with what someone says.
    Another word he used was joyous , meaning full of happiness.
    We also heard from other people using positive words like happy and relaxed.
    Someone said they felt fat , probably because of stuffing themselves with food.
    Someone else said, to them, Christmas meant family and going home for a holiday
    too. And they said community.
    A community is a group of people who have common interests, and often because
    they live in the same area , the same neighbourhood.
    And he said a good place for the community to come together is at the pub , that's a
    very British place where you can socialise over a drink or two. I think I might head
    to the pub now Finn.
    A good idea Rob. But what about the answer to today's question first?
    Ah yes. Earlier I asked you if you knew what happens in a room that in German
    tradition is locked before Christmas. Is it to?
    a) prepare the Stollen cake, a moist bread filled with fruit.
    b) decorate the tree, and put presents underneath.
    c) in olden days, to breed a turkey for the Christmas feast.
    And I said a) it's where they prepare the Stollen cake.
    It's a nice idea but you are wrong.
    Was it the turkey?
    No, the room is actually locked just to decorate the tree and put presents
    underneath.
    Really?!
    Quite a nice tradition anyway. By the way, here's your present. Happy Christmas!
    (unwrapping) Thanks Rob it's a dictionary.
    Yes, it could come in useful. It's the thought that counts!
    Thank you Rob. Yes I need to improve my vocabulary!
    Well, that's it for this 6 Minute English. Please check out our website at
    www.bbclearningenglish.com. And join us again next week for more 6 Minute
    English.
    Bye.

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