【音频】小课堂 -INDEPENDENCE DAY 关于国庆
Wendy: Hello everyone! Welcome to EF English Class.
My name is Wendy and today I’m here talking to Thomas.
我是Wendy. Hello, Thomas!
Thomas: Hello Wendy! Hello everyone!
Wendy: Thomas, 美国的国庆日是哪天?
What day is your national day in USA?
Thomas: We celebrate the 4th of July as Independence Day. On July 4th in 1776, the United States became a country. How about China? Do you have a similar day?
Yes, we do. It’s called National Day and it is on Oct 1stevery year.
This is the day when we celebrate the start of the People’s Republic of China. Our first leader was Chairman Mao.
Who was your first leader?
Thomas: George Washington was the first President of the United States. Before becoming President, he was the general in charge of the army. So, what do you and your family like to do for National Day?
Well we do a lot of things.However, the most amazing thing about National Day is that we actually get an entire week off.
Thomas: Really, a week? We only get one day off.
Wendy: 你们的独立日原来只有一天的假期啊. 我们的国庆假期通常会选择和家人朋友一起去旅行，当然交通会非常的拥堵。
Thomas: In the United States, most people don’t travel on the 4th of July. Instead, it’s a time to gather friends, family, and neighbors together for a picnic or barbecue. Do you like barbecue?
Wendy: 你们独立日和朋友家人一起烤肉，听起来也很不错。我太爱烤肉了。I love barbecue.
Thomas: I miss being able to cook in my backyard on my own grill.
You like to cook on the grill?
Thomas: Yes! In fact, if I could grill every day I would!! And I usually cook chicken and vegetables. My best friend like to grill avocado.
Wendy: 喔，Avacado 牛油果也可以烤吗?
Thomas: Yes, It’s often used in salads and sauces. It’s delicious.
Sounds great! What else do you do on the 4th of July?
Thomas: Well, once my friends and I have finished eating, we usually like to play backyard games like cornhole.
Wendy: 饭后节目cornhole 是什么?
Thomas: It’s a game where you have two large wooden boxes with a hole cut into both. They are set about 6 to 7 meters apart in the yard. We separate into two teams and each team is given a set of three bean bags. The goal is to throw the bean bags at the boxes into the holes in order to score points.
Wendy: 在后院准备两个大木箱，每个箱子上有一个洞。所有人分成两组，每个组有三个沙包，哪个组扔进去的沙包多哪个组得分就高，对吗？That sounds like fun!
Thomas: It is fun! The adults usually play this game while the kids like to jump into the swimming pool.
Wendy: Wait…What!? 后院还有给孩子玩的游泳池！
There’s a swimming pool in the backyard?
Thomas: Oh yes. It’s quite nice, especially on hot summer days!
Wendy: Wow! 大夏天，游泳池是很多家庭都想要拥有的。
Thomas: Since we are friends. You and your family can come over to celebrate the 4th of July any time you want.
Thomas: Yes, but remember to bring some fireworks. It another tradition of the holiday.
Wendy: Hahaha, I can definitely do this. 中国庆祝节日的时候也非常喜欢fireworks烟花。中国的烟花做得特别绚烂。Well it’s time to say goodbye for now. Thank you for listening and I hope everyone learned a little about the 4th of July in America.
Thomas: Thank you, Wendy, for having me on the show.
Wendy: Thank you for coming and don’t forget to join us next time. Goodbye!