Bonfire Night

 

Join Joe to find out why the British celebrate people trying to blow up Parliament! 

Preparation

Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • When do people usually set off fireworks?
  • Have you heard of Guy Fawkes?

Now listen to Joe as he explores the special British tradition of Bonfire Night.

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Hi every body
Word on the street is the great program for improving your listening. I have finished listening all for two times in three months. It's hard to understand for the first time but it's better for the second time. I will try the third time even though more than fourth time. I believe that I will understand more after fifth time listening.
Huu Thanh

Hi Huu Thanh,

Thanks for your feedback and for sharing this great advice with everyone! It's certainly true that you can learn much more from these videos by listening to them multiple times, and even more by reading the transcripts out loud and imitating the pronunciation.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello samsgyin,

I'm afraid that our videos are not available for download due to copyright.

Sorry!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

"So it’s hundreds of people involved in an event of this size" in that sentence reduction - " 's " -mean of has or is? thanx

Hello Elgun_V,

In this sentence 'it's' means ' it is'.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi. I love this website. My students are going to practice for the Trinity Speaking exam Grade 5 and we'll be touching on "Bonfire Night". It's going to make my class very interesting when I can show them your video on the same topic. TQ!

could you tell me If i understand right or wrong? Bonfire night is the celebration of foiling of the plot to burn the house of parliament and to kill King James. they celebrate that they foil his attempts to kill the king so they make a rag doll and burn it as a symbol of Guy Fawkes . Am i understand right ? Thanks and it is new thing for me to know and i have learnt new expressions and words

Hello littlemoon86,

Yes, that is a good summary.  Most British people do not remember the historical background to the tradition.  Though Guy Fawkes is a familiar name, I doubt most people could tell you very much about him or why he did what he did.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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