Have you heard of Thanksgiving? Have you ever celebrated Thanksgiving?

A Quick Description of Thanksgiving in American Culture

Thanksgiving is one of the biggest, most important holidays in American culture. It is celebrated by Americans in the United States and Americans living abroad too! The tradition comes from the American colonial history. People have continued to celebrate it as a cultural holiday each year on the fourth Thursday of November.

Normally, you will see holiday decorations like images of pilgrims (settlers from Europe in colonial times), turkeys, and fall leaves and colors like brown, orange and red.

Typically, Americans go to eat special Thanksgiving foods with family. Sometimes people celebrate Thanksgiving with friends, or even colleagues or classmates. If you are in the United States on Thanksgiving, that’s great! You’re likely to get an invitation to join a special meal! Also, many people like to volunteer on this day to serve people in need.

The Meaning of Thanksgiving to Me

To me, Thanksgiving means being grateful for what you have. It is important to be thankful and generous with people at this time of year. It is a time of the year when the weather gets colder but our hearts get warmer! Of course, Thanksgiving also means a lot of good food. For example, people cook turkey, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green beans, sweet potatoes, cranberry relish, other green vegetables such as broccoli or brussels sprouts. Finally, we love to end our special Thanksgiving dinner with a pumpkin pie and/or apple pie and ice cream!

Natural American English Phrases You Need to Know

In this free English lesson, you’ll learn five natural English phrases to help you have your best Thanksgiving ever. You’ll find these phrases useful after Thanksgiving too!

First, watch the video or listen to the audio. Second, repeat the phrases after me. Third, try using them on your own!

Learn these phrases in the free lesson video and audio below:

  • What should I bring?
  • What is that dish?
  • Could you please pass the stuffing?
  • My compliments to the chef!
  • Can I help put some things away?

Watch the free English lesson to learn more about how and when to use these phrases. Practice saying the phrases with me!