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Mixer #135 | Intermediate B1

Best Holiday

Listen to six people talk about their favorite holiday in their home country.

Kat / Germany
speakerIn my home country, Germany, I think the best holiday is Christmas. Christmas season is amazing. We have many markets especially for Christmas. Christmas time normally comes with a lot of snow and an amazing atmosphere. My mom makes cookies, and we have lots of friends and family over to our house, so it's a wonderful time.

Phoebe / China
speakerWhat is your country's best holiday? I think in China the best holiday should be the spring festival. It is the main festival in China, and the families always get together, and the children can get their red pack with the money put in, so everybody likes that holiday.

Isma / Indonesia
speakerMy country's best holiday, I think, would be the Ramadan month, just because it is the holy month and everybody is usually pretty nice, and usually have a longer holiday on it, maybe around two weeks or something. So, the Ramadan month would be the best holiday for me.

Antoinette / United States
speakerI'm from the U.S., so I would say the best holiday would be maybe Thanksgiving, although there are some aspects of that holiday that I don't like. I don't like the overeating, but I do like the fact that families get together and talk about reasons why they're thankful for being together and for having family.

Rese / Botswana
speakerMy country's best holiday would have to be the Christmas-New Year period, because that's the time when your family gets together and you cook and you make traditional meals and you see your friends. There's a lot of stuff going on in the village and other places, as well as the city.

Tony / Mozambique
I'll say the best holidays are Independence Day and Christmas. Independence Day, it's because that's where we achieved our freedom. And Christmas, that's when family get together to celebrate.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!



Ramadan is the holy month.

If something is holy, that means it has special religious importance. Notice the following:

  1. The Book of Genesis is a holy chapter in three religions.
  2. The pilgrims went to the holy city for their religion.



I don't like the overeating.

If you overeat, then you eat too much. Notice the following:

  1. Frequent overeating leads to weight gain.
  2. After overeating, I always feel sleepy.

the fact that


I do like the fact that families get together

The phrase 'the fact that' is used to show extra emphasis about a statement. Notice the following:

  1. I hate the fact that there is a test each term.
  2. They love the fact that the salad bar is self-serve.



They're thankful for being together.

If you are thankful about something, you appreciate it. Notice the following:

  1. After battling cancer, she is very thankful for her health.
  2. The teacher was very thankful for the gift the students gave her.

get together


Your family gets together and you cook.

Here, 'get together' means to meet for social purposes. Notice the following:

  1. My family usually gets together twice a year.
  2. Because of our busy schedules, we are having a hard time getting together.


Vocabulary Quiz

holy • overeat • the fact that
thankful • get together
  1. I am very for all the help you gave me.
  2. This is a city, so dress appropriately.
  3. We tend to and gain weight in winter.
  4. We plan to next weekend. Do you want to join us?
  5. I hate we have to work tomorrow.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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