Views #1475 | Intermediate (B1)

Holidays for Fun

Megen and Todd talk about Australia Day, Valentine's Day, and White Day.

Todd: So what are some fun holidays you celebrate in Australia?

Megen: Well, we have Australia Day. And it is a public holiday, so on that day we go to the beach, and we do various Australian kind of things. We have barbecues and picnics, and it's a day to wear the flag colors.

Todd: So it's your patriotic day?

Megen: Yeah, it is.

Todd: Like our fourth of July.

Megen: Yes, yeah, like that. We don't usually have fireworks though.

Todd: Oh, because of fires?

Megen: No, I don't know why we don't, but I guess fireworks are popular on the Fourth of July right?

Todd: They are, although these days they don't do it so much because of fires.

Megen: Oh, it's summer in July.

Todd: Right, so it's dangerous. ... what about other holidays like for example Valentine's Day? Do you celebrate Valentine's Day?

Megen: Yeah, we do.

Todd: Is it a romantic day?

Megen: Yeah, so for Valentine's Day, usually you'll go out with your partner for dinner ... usually chocolate and flowers. It's pretty extravagant actually. The flowers are becoming more and more extravagant, and people like to send bunches of flowers to their partners work, and there's decorations and a lot of the products in the store are aimed at Valentine's Day I think.

Todd: What do you think of Valentine's Day?

Megen: Well, I didn't want to get caught up in every thing when I was in Australia. I would go out for dinner sometimes, but nothing big.

Todd: Now in Japan they have two days. They have Valentine's Day and they have White Day. Can you explain that?

Megen: Yeah, well, I was surprised that is the day when the girls are supposed to give something to the boys.

Todd: Right, it's reversed.

Megen: Yeah, because I think in Australia on Valentine's Day, it's very important for boys to give something to girls, but not necessarily as important for girls to give something for boys.

Todd: So when do boys give something to girls?

Megen: So that is what White Day is for. So the White Day is the day is the day for the boys to reciprocate the action of giving chocolate or something to their partner, and the students are school as well, they will exchange chocolates or candies that they've made and they will give something back on White Day.

Todd: Yeah, it's kind of nice how they flip it around. I actually like that it's broken up.

Megen: It gives you time to think about what to do, maybe.

Todd: Right, exactly.

Answer these questions about the interview.
Audio Lessons about Phrases and Vocabulary

go out with


You go out with your partner.

To go out with means to go and do something fun with somebody. Notice the following:

  1. I only go out with my friends on weekends.
  2. Last night I went out with my coworker.



It's pretty extravagant actually.

When something is extravagant, a lot of money has been spent on it to make it very nice. Notice the following:

  1. The party was extravagant.
  2. Royal weddings are always extravagant.

nothing big


I would go out for dinner sometimes, but nothing big.

Here, nothing big means nothing substantial or worthy of attention. Notice the following:

  1. They had a small fight but it was nothing big.
  2. We had a small party, but it was nothing big.

flip around


It's kind of nice how they flip it around.

When something is flipped around, the roles between two things are reversed. Notice the following:

  1. One day a year, our school flips it around and the students teach the teachers.
  2. As parents get old, care taking gets flipped around and children take care of their parents.



The boys reciprocate the action.

When you reciprocate something, you do something nice for someone because they did something nice for you. Notice the following:

  1. The kind gesture was reciprocated.
  2. She smiled at me, and I reciprocated with a smile back.

broken up


I actually like that it's broken up.

Here, broken up refers to something not happening all at once. Notice the following:

  1. The test was broken up into two parts.
  2. The election days are broken up so people can vote on different days.

Vocabulary Quiz

go out with • extravagant • nothing big
flipped around • reciprocate • broken up
  1. The management has the tour into two separate days.
  2. They rushed her to the hospital because of the accident, even if they said it was .
  3. She asked me to the help given to me by helping another person.
  4. It has been a routine that we have to our family on Sundays.
  5. It is interesting when the story of a movie gets .
  6. Even if he wanted an house, his wife decided to buy a simple one.

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