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Big Birthdays
生日大事

Learn the First Conditional

Date: Mar 09 2012

Themes: Party

Grammar: First Conditional

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When you’re a kid, every birthday is a big deal. But as you get older, some birthdays seem more important than others. Twenty-one is an important birthday in the US, because that’s when it’s finally legal for you to drink alcohol. And 30 is another birthday that people like to go all out for. On the other hand, even some adults feel that every birthday is a big birthday. Find out which birthdays Amy and Mason think are the most important.

当你还是孩子的时候,每次生日都是一桩大事。但是当你逐渐长大,有些生日似乎比其他生日更为重要。在美国,21 岁是个重要的生日,因为过了这一天你就可以合法地喝酒了。30 岁也非常重要,人们希望从此后全力以赴。另一方面,甚至有些年轻人认为每个生日都是一桩大事。找出艾米和梅森认为哪些生日最重要。

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Amy

Amy

Mason

Mason

Amy:  I’m so excited, Mason. I’m about to kick off my birthday month.

Mason:  Birthday month?

Amy:  Oh yeah.

Mason:  Is this like a big…you hitting one of the big milestones this year?

Amy:  Twenty-eight. Big enough. It’s another year of life. I’m gonna celebrate it.

Mason:  I mean, sure, but 28? That’s super not important.

Amy:  What? I think every birthday is important. I think it’s important to have special days.

Mason:  Well, I appreciate that you go all out and treat yourself right for your birthday. But if you set the bar so high for 28, what are you gonna do for an actual important birthday, like 30?

Amy:  Well, I guess next year I’m just gonna have to party all year, pretty much.

Mason:  Really? Wow. I would love to see the kind of birthday presents you get.

Amy:  You know, it’s not just about the presents. I mean, it’s about recognizing the milestone, you know? Just throwing a big party. I mean, I like to do things for other people during my birthday month, too, like bring cupcakes to work.

Mason:  That’s cool. At least you’re not one of those people who expects everybody around them to do everything for them for their birthday. You know, there are those people who, like, make a big deal of it, like, “Hey, you know, my birthday’s coming up, I hope somebody does something nice for me!”

Amy:  Well, my feeling is, if you do that, just drop some friendly reminders, then you won’t be disappointed.

 

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Amy likes to celebrate her birthday for a whole month. She is about to start celebrating her birthday month, even though she is only turning 28 this year. Most people don’t think that 28 is a milestone birthday.

Mason doesn’t make a big deal out of his birthday, especially if it’s not a milestone year. He doesn’t like it when other people expect him to go all out for their birthdays, either.

But Amy thinks that every birthday is important. It marks another year of life. For her, that’s milestone enough.

What are the most important birthdays in your culture? Do you like to go all out for every year, or only for milestone birthdays?

 

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AppleRome

AppleRome

Antarctica

I have a dream.. my comment will be the last one in closing lesson..

08:26 PM Mar 10 2012 |

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sara_55

sara_55

United Arab Emirates

I think 18 because in my country in this age we finish school and go to college . also, we can get driving license.

06:05 PM Mar 10 2012 |

FUN777

FUN777

Egypt

In my country in the first year mostlyFrown

05:56 PM Mar 10 2012 |

Joyce Zhao

Joyce Zhao

Taiwan

maybe is 18 in my culture…cause it means children are growing to be adults.


and it is a legal age to allow you to take driving license or anything you want to do but you can’t when you are under the 18!

05:27 PM Mar 10 2012 |

Sam irossi

Sam irossi

France

am 21 this Mai , and i feel it’s gonna be the biggest ever ! exactly like i felt for the 20 passed birthdays lol

04:00 PM Mar 10 2012 |

doa'a

doa'a

Yemen

acctully in my culture we dont have a spesific age for birthdays, the fact is that any one wanna have a birthday he can have it at any age

03:41 PM Mar 10 2012 |

doa'a

doa'a

Yemen

acctully in my culture we dont have a spesific age for birthdays, the fact is that any one wanna have a birthday he can have it at any age

03:41 PM Mar 10 2012 |

RKJ

Brazil

for me too, because the law in Brazil agree to us drive after 18th birthday.

12:50 PM Mar 10 2012 |

sunnygirl

China

for me, the 18th birthday is an important day , it means we have been an adlut which we need to be actually independent .

12:13 PM Mar 10 2012 |

yukiqc

yukiqc

China

I’m 26. It’s a little bit hard for me to face it, bacause I fell that I’m getting older.Cry

12:13 PM Mar 10 2012 |

shookiba

Israel

our important birthay is 13

11:17 AM Mar 10 2012 |

nahar2001sa

Saudi Arabia

my birtday is 13\3\2012 for me i fell my birth day  ever day go safe

09:35 AM Mar 10 2012 |

farid1390

farid1390

Afghanistan

my birthdays is on May 07 2012 you can send me comment or email by …..

09:18 AM Mar 10 2012 |

farid1390

farid1390

Afghanistan

my birthdays is on May 07 2012 you can send me comment or email by …..

09:17 AM Mar 10 2012 |

priyanka one

India

fr me i ve never celebrated my birthday….............:(


 

09:03 AM Mar 10 2012 |

cheer manal

Morocco

julito


you´re most welcome julito i will be glad to host you ;)


can´t you afford the airfare?? ok ok i´ll think of it hehe

10:55 PM Mar 09 2012 |

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Teacher PaulinaSuper Member!

Venezuela

i love to celebrate my birthday because all my friends come to my house and they bring me presents and I also love my family to be around.  I agree with Irene because this life is temporary and we don’t know when will we pass away!

10:44 PM Mar 09 2012 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Cheer manal.    I´ll have my visa on time.  Just for the record.  air-fare included ?Cry

10:33 PM Mar 09 2012 |

cheer manal

Morocco

I celebrated my friends birthdays more that i celebrated mines, i never had such a big celebration,and i don´t think it´s a bad idea to pamper yourself with a fancy birthday party,where you invite all your friends and go all out.


i wish my comming birthday will be unique, and worth remembering, because i never had one since a long time agoFrown


don´t worry all of you are invited ;))

10:29 PM Mar 09 2012 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Michiko, i Agree that  the birthday party is only an excuse to have a feast  on  cakes , ice-cream  and why not , a good bottle  of wine and if is argentine  much  better.Wink

07:55 PM Mar 09 2012 |

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