Jo G: Hi. So, I'm here with Jo, Kirk and Tina to find out how they feel about Valentine's Day, and my search continues for the, the romantics in our team. So, Jo, do you celebrate Valentine's Day?
Jo B: Um, no. These days we really don't celebrate it here in, where I live in Catalunya. It's not, in Spain, generally I don't think it's celebrated much, and here we tend to celebrate Sant Jordi in April. April the 23rd is our romantic day, where we give each other books and roses.
Jo G: Yeah.
Jo B: I prefer that to Valentine's Day, to be honest.
Jo G: It's a nice day. It seems like it's more for everybody, not just for people that have got partners.
Jo B: Yeah.
Jo G: We like that. OK, and what about you, Kirk, do you celebrate?
Kirk: No, not really. I used to, when I lived back in the US. We would typically go out to dinner, though usually we'd do it a couple of days before or a couple of days after because everything was so busy and expensive on Valentine's Day, so we'd just go another day and celebrate then. But yeah, living in Catalunya, like Jo I, I ... mainly here it's Sant Jordi for us.
Jo G: Right, OK. So Tina, you're my last hope!
Tina: Don't hope!
Jo G: There in the UK. Are you a romantic? Do you celebrate Valentine's Day?
Tina: In my heart, I am a romantic.
Jo G: Ahhh.
Tina: In my heart, but been in a, I guess, a relationship for a very long time, over thirty years. So at the beginning it was amazing, flowers, cards, everything like that. Never really did the dinner thing. I think we always thought the dinner was a waste because it was such a lot of money like Kirk said. Now hit and miss if I get a card, and er, so, yeah I don't know. I'm a romantic at heart, how about that? Does that work?
Jo G: OK, I'll take it! Definitely! I like it. Do you know, I think I've never received a Valentine's Day card?
All: No! Jo!
Tina: I'll send you one!
Jo G: OK, yes, please. Thank you!
Jo B: I remember when I was about fifteen or sixteen. I was in the last year of secondary school and I did receive an anonymous Valentine's Day card in my locker.
Jo G: That's the absolute dream!
Jo B: Yeah, because that was the thing you used to do. It was with the question mark. You had to guess who it was. And I did know, actually, who it was, but I pretended that I didn't.
Jo G: Were you happy with who it was?
Jo B: Aww, yeah.
Jo B: He was very sweet. He still is very sweet, but ...
Tina: It wasn't to be.
Jo B: It wasn't to be. It wasn't—
Jo G: Ahh, I love that though. It's like a film! OK, amazing. I'll take it. We've had a romantic story from Jo , and Tina is a romantic at heart, OK then. So, we want to know from you. Do you celebrate Valentine's Day, and how do you feel about it?
In this video, LearnEnglish colleagues discuss their attitudes to Valentine's Day. Do they celebrate it? Do we have any romantics in the team?!
Not everyone likes Valentine's Day. It can be a difficult time for people who are single, lonely or missing somebody. Some people say it's too commercial. They say you can show your love for your partner every day, so you don't need to spend money just because it's Valentine's Day. What's your opinion?
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