Lesson 13: Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!

Let's Learn English - Level 1

It's a Sunday afternoon in Washington, D.C. Anna is bored. She finds something interesting to do when she hears music playing.

Let's Learn English - Level 1 - Lesson 13: Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!

Anna: Hello! In Washington D.C. there are many things to do on a Sunday afternoon. I like to exercise. I like to shop. I like to garden. But today I feel bored. When I feel bored I always look for something unusual to do! I hear music. Let’s go see! What is going on here?
Rebecca: It’s a big birthday party for the writer William Shakespeare.
Anna: This is a party for William Shakespeare?
Rebecca: Yes!
Anna: Awesome!
Rebecca: Awesome!
Anna: This is a drum band. I never listen to a drum band. But today I am listening to a drum band because it’s Shakespeare’s birthday!
Anna: This is a puppet show. I never watch puppet shows. But today I am watching a puppet showbecause it’s Shakespeare’s birthday!
Anna: My clothes are usual. His clothes are unusual.
Anna: In Washington, D.C. seeing a politician or even the President is usual. Seeing the Queen of England is very unusual! Your majesty!
Anna: This is sword fighting. I never sword fight. But today I am sword fighting because it’s Shakespeare’s birthday!
Anna: There are many things to do on a Sunday in Washington, D.C. -- some usual, some unusual.
Anna: Today, I am not bored because … it is William Shakespeare’s birthday!

Learning Strategies are the thoughts and actions that help make learning easier or more effective.

The learning strategy for this lesson is Make an Inference. Learning English is easier when you can make an inference about meaning. Here is an example.

Rory is traveling. At the airport, he is looking for his airline when he walks into a woman by mistake. She yells at him, "Hey, don't be so inconsiderate! Watch where you're going!" Rory does not know the word "inconsiderate." But the woman's angry face and loud voice help him to understand that she is angry. He makes the inference that "inconsiderate" means "rude," or "impolite," and he quickly apologizes. "Oh, I'm very sorry! I am looking for the airline desk." The woman says, "Okay, but be more careful."

How do you make inferences in studying English?

bandn. a usually small group of musicians who play popular music together
becauseconj. for the reason that
birthday - n. the day when someone was born or the anniversary of that day
boredadj. tired and annoyed by too much of the same thing; not interested
drum - n. a musical instrument that is made with a thin layer of skin or plastic stretched over the end of a round frame and that is played by hitting the skin or plastic with sticks or with your hands
exercisev. physical activity that is done in order to become stronger and healthier
fight - v. to use weapons or physical force to try to hurt someone, to defeat an enemy, etc. or to struggle in battle or physical combat
party - n. a social event in which entertainment, food, and drinks are provided
politician - n. someone who is active in government usually as an elected official
President - n. the head of the government in some countries
puppet - n. a doll that is moved by putting your hand inside it or by pulling strings or wires that are attached to it
Queen - n. a woman who rules a country and who usually inherits her position and rules for life
shopv. to visit places where goods are sold in order to look at and buy things
show - n. a performance in a theater that usually includes singing and dancing
sword - n. a weapon with a long metal blade that has a sharp point and edge
unusual - adj. different or strange in a way that attracts attention
usualadj. done, found, or used most of the time or in most cases, or normal or regular
watch - v. to look at (someone or something) for an amount of time and pay attention to what is happening
Frequency adverbs, cause and effect phrases

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