The 30th of November is St. Andrew’s Day – the patron saint of Scotland. Scots (The Scottish) celebrate St. Andrew’s Day with traditional Scottish food such as Cullen skink, or lamb or haggis with neeps and tatties. They also take part in Ceilidhs – a traditional Scottish dance and recitals or story-telling. There are also cultural events such as concerts, exhibitions and museums and Edinburgh castle offer free entry.
Cullen skink is a Scottish soup made with potatoes, onions and smoked haddock (Cullen skink es una sopa tradicional escocesa hecha con patatas, cebolla y eglefino ahumado).
Haggis is made with sheep offal (liver, heart, lungs), oats, onions, herbs and spices and it is boiled inside the sheep’s stomach – it is similar to morcilla in texture and colour (parecido a morcilla en color y textura – se cuece dentro del estomago de la oveja las entrañas mezclado con avena, cebolla y especies).
Neeps and tatties is a side dish of mashed potato and mashed parsnip or turnip (es una guarnición de purée de patata y purée de chirivía o nabo).
You can watch some of this year’s St. Andrew’s Day events here:
This Friday (27th November) is Black Friday – when there are big discounts in most shops and online! It started out in the USA – it takes place the day after Thanksgiving – but is now common in most countries. It marks the start of the Christmas shopping season. Are you going to look for a bargain this Friday? Is there something you have got your eye on or do you think that Black Friday is a waste of time and money?
Discounts – descuentos
I’m waiting to see if I can get a good discount on a new TV on Black Friday.
Christmas shopping – compras de navidad
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?
Bargain – una ganga
Do you like my new shoes? They were a bargain- just 30€!
Have (got) your eye on – tener la intención de comprar algo que ya has visto
I’ve got my eye on a gorgeous silver watch.
A waste of time and money – una pérdida de tiempo y dinero
I queued for an hour to get a toy my son wanted and two days later it broke! What a waste of time and money!
“Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.” APJ Abdul Kalam
The 20th November has marked World Children’s Day since 1954 – a day to promote and celebrate children’s rights. You can find out more here: https://www.unicef.org/world-childrens-day
Happy Children’s Day from That’s English!
In most English-speaking countries Friday the 13th is considered very unlucky. There’s even a word for the phobia of Friday the 13th – paraskevidekatriaphobia!
Are you superstitious? Has anything bad ever happened to you on Friday the 13th?
You can learn more about superstitions and Friday the 13th in B2.1 Unit 9 on this app!
“Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I know of no reason
Why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.”
On the 5th November we celebrate Bonfire night in the UK. Families gather round the bonfire with sparklers and watch fireworks displays. Traditionally people made a guy with straw and old clothes representing Guy Fawkes* to throw onto the bonfire.
Bonfire = hoguera
Sparklers = bengalas
Fireworks display = espectáculo de fuegos artificiales
Guy = un muñeco de trapo y paja
*Guy Fawkes era un católico que intentó volar el parlamento británico con pólvora y matar al rey protestante Jacobo I. Fue capturado antes de llevarlo a cabo y por esta razón se celebra Bonfire night.
You can learn more about Bonfire Night in A2.4, unit 5a on this app