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Learn about Easter!

What do you know about Easter?

In this free lesson, you’re going to find out about some typical Easter traditions from English-speaking countries.

In case you didn’t know, Easter is in the spring – usually around March or April.

Officially, it’s a Christian holiday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ (when he came back to life after dying).

But these days, Easter is also a celebration of spring… and it usually involves a lot of chocolate!

To help you understand about Easter, you’re going to watch a conversation with two people talking about it. However, before doing that, make sure you understand the words below.

Easter eggs  

Eggs that people paint with bright colours; or, egg-shaped chocolates that you can eat.

The Easter bunny

An imaginary rabbit that brings children chocolate eggs, usually on Easter Sunday.

Spring

The season between winter and summer when the weather becomes warmer, plants begin to grow…

To grow up

When someone “grows up”, they change from being a child into being an adult.

A dye

A substance made from plants or chemicals that you can use to change the colour of clothes, hair…

To hide

If you “hide” something, you put it in a place where no one find it.

A yard (US English)

A piece of land next to someone’s house, with grass, plants, trees… A “garden” in British English.

An (Easter) egg hunt

This is a game in which adults hide some decorated or chocolate eggs in the house or garden. Children must find as many eggs as they can. Literally, if you “hunt” for something, you try to find it.

Video

Now watch the video below and try to answer these questions. [Scroll down for the answers.]
  1. What did Emily do last weekend?
  2. How many times had she done this before?
  3. Where were the Easter eggs hidden when Gavin was younger?
  4. What else did Gavin hunt for apart from Easter eggs?
  5. What did the Easter bunny also bring him, apart from chocolate eggs?
  6. What did Emily get for Easter when she was younger?

Video script

Emily: So, I had a really exciting weekend.

Gavin: A really exciting weekend?

E: Yeah, because it was the first time in my life that, for Easter, I went to my friend’s

house and decorated Easter eggs with their kids, and I never did that growing up.

G: Never?

E: No! Did you?

G: Yes, I loved decorating Easter eggs.

E: Really?

G: Yes, every year my mother prepared a lot of dyes and a lot of eggs so we could

decorate eggs to hide around the house or around the yard.

E: Ah, so like an Easter egg hunt.

G: Definitely, [That’s so cute.] every year we had an Easter egg hunt, and the Easter egg

hunt didn’t only have Easter eggs. We also hunted for chocolates, or other sweets that

our parents hid around the house, and in my family the Easter bunny also brought

presents.

E: Really?

G: Yes, so it was like a second Santa Claus that we had in the Spring. So, we had new

clothes to wear to church, we had new clothes to wear to School. We had some extra

toys, some extra books.

E: Wow, [Fabulous.] that’s really cool. We didn’t do anything like that.

G: No? What did you do for Easter?

E: Well, we always got like a chocolate bunny, and we had it in a basket on the counter

with a couple of eggs around it, and that was it, no eggs, no Easter hunt, nothing like

that.

G: No clothes to wear to school?

E: No, no new clothes, nothing. Your Easter sounds way better than mine.

G: I have very fond memories of Easter as a child.

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Answers

  1. What did Emily do last weekend? She went to her friend’s house and decorated

Easter eggs with the kids there.

  1. How many times had she done this before? She had never done this before.
  2. Where were the Easter eggs hidden when Gavin was younger? The Easter eggs were hidden in the house and yard (garden).
  3. What else did Gavin hunt for apart from Easter eggs? Gavin also hunted for chocolates or other sweets.
  4. What did the Easter bunny also bring him, apart from chocolate eggs? The Easter bunny also brought him presents.
  5. What did Emily get for Easter when she was younger? A chocolate Easter bunny with some eggs around it.

 

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