listening lab 0716

 

Step 1: Read the questions below.

質問を読んでください。

 

1.  What holiday is celebrated on the Fourth of July in the U.S?

 

2.  What do you see everywhere around this time?

 

3.  What do most people do on the Fourth of July?

 

4.  What do Fourth of July desserts usually look like?

 

5.  What starts after it gets dark on the Fourth of July?

 

Step 2:  Listen to the audio and try to answer the questions.
オーディオを聞いて、 質問に答えて見て下さい。
Listening Lab - page 10
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Step 3:  Listen again while you read the article.

記事を読みながら、もう一度聞いてみてください。

In the U.S., Independence Day is a national holiday that celebrates the country's declaration of independence from Great Britain.  The date was chosen to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, and most people just call it "the Fourth of July."  

 

If you happen to be in the U.S. for the Fourth of July, you'll see that Americans are very patriotic.  Many people hang flags from flag poles in their yard or attached to their houses, but you'll see American flags everywhere – on cars, kids' bicycles, and in store windows.  People wear clothes with the flag design on them or just wear red, white and blue.  Some people paint flags or stars on their faces.  Others have their nails painted with stars and stripes.

 

But what do people do on the Fourth of July?  Some attend a holiday parade if their town has one.  But most people have a cookout with friends and family.  It's a very casual get-together that starts early in the afternoon and often goes into the evening.  The typical food is simple:  grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, potato salad and coleslaw, deviled eggs, baked beans, corn on the cob and watermelon.  Drinks include iced tea, lemonade, and beer. The most commonly served dessert is strawberry shortcake, which might have blueberries added to make it red, white and blue.  Flag cake is also typical, but any desert that is red, white and blue is sure to be a hit.

 

Finally, the  Fourth of July would not be complete without fireworks.  Most towns and cities have their fireworks display on the 3rd or the 4th.  People gather just before it gets dark, and the fireworks start when it's completely dark, which can be as late as 10:00 in some parts of the U.S.   

 

Step 4:  Check your answers.

答えをチェックしてください。

 

1.  What holiday is celebrated on the Fourth of July in the U.S?

Independence Day is.

 

2.  What do you see everywhere around this time?

You see American flags everywhere.

 

3.  What do most people do on the Fourth of July?

They have a cookout with friends and family.

 

4.  What do Fourth of July desserts usually look like?

They are usually red, white and blue.

 

5.  What starts after it gets dark on the Fourth of July?

The fireworks do. / The fireworks display does.

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