Lesson 24: Yesterday Was Amazing!

Let's Learn English - Level 1














Anna discovers a festival - the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall. What does she learn there about Basque culture?



Let's Learn English - Level 1 - Lesson 24: Yesterday Was Amazing!



Anna: Yesterday was the most amazing day. I want to tell my friend back home about it. So, I am writing her a letter!

Anna: Dear Penelope,
Life in Washington, D.C. is interesting. I see something new every day -- like yesterday. Yesterday started like a usual work day.
Anna: I said, "Yesterday started like a usual work day."
Anna's voice: I was at work. And I wanted a break. So, I walked and walked … and walked. Then, I saw something! It was a festival -- a big festival!
Anna: It is the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Anna's voice: Yes. It was the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Every year the festival shows different cultures. This year one of the cultures was the Basque culture.
There was dancing and food and games!”
Anna: I am dancing a traditional Basque dance.
Anna's voice: At the festival, I danced a traditional Basque dance!
Anna: They are cooking traditional Basque food.
Anna's voice: They cooked a lot of traditional Basque food.
Anna: They are playing a game. It’s a kind of handball. What do they call it? They call it pilota!
Anna's voice: They played a game with their hands and a small ball. It’s a kind of handball. But this game is called pilota.
Anna: This is beautiful! This is traditional Basque art.
Anna: They are making a traditional Basque ship. This festival is a lot of fun!
Anna's voice: The whole day was a lot of fun!
Anna: Who said that? I want to write my friends and tell them about my day!
Anna: … So, I wanted to tell you about my day! Please, my friend, come visit Washington, D.C. soon. There is a lot to do! Until next time … Anna.

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

The learning strategy for this lesson is Substitute. When we are speaking a second language, we often do not know a word. That is the time we can substitute a phrase or another word, and continue speaking.

In the video, you can hear Anna telling about the game. She does not remember the name at first.

They are playing a game. It’s a kind of handball. What do they call it? They call it pilota!

Anna uses a phrase, "It's a kind of handball," to tell about the game. She is substituting that phrase for the Basque name. Then she remembers the name, pilota.

How about you? Do you sometimes substitute a word or phrase for an English word you do not know?

was - v. past tense of the verb "be" in first or third person (I was; he/she/it was)
Basque Country _- n. region of Spain
culture - n. the beliefs, customs, or arts of a particular society
festival - n. an organized series of performances
handball - n. a game for two or four players who use their hands to hit a ball against a wall
interesting - adj. attracting your attention and making you want to learn more about something or to be involved in something
said - v. past tense of the verb "say"
traditional - adj. following the tradition of a certain group or culture

Past tense verbs

start - started
want - wanted
walk - walked
dance - danced
play - played
call - called

Regular past tense verbs






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