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Celebrating Love

Celebrating Love English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Feb 13 2007

Themes: Holidays, Romance

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February 14 is Valentine’s Day. Across America, couples will celebrate their love. The modern acknowledgment of this holiday has little to do with the origin of the holiday, which dates back to the fourteenth century and is named for the so-called Saint Valentine.

Nowadays, flowers, chocolate or jewelry are traditional Valentine’s Day presents. It’s a big night for restaurants too, as couples make reservations for romantic dinners weeks in advance. Cards and gifts exchanged for the occasion are called Valentines. And that special someone you share the day or night with is your Valentine. Many Valentine’s Day cards say, “Will you be my Valentine?”

As with all holidays though, people celebrate in different ways. Some Americans do not like the commercialism of Valentine’s Day and choose not to participate.

And of course, there are plenty of single people who do not have much reason to celebrate, since they don’t have a Valentine.

Listen to Marni and Kevin talk about V-Day.

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Marni

Marni

Kevin

Kevin

Kevin:  So it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow.

Marni:  Oh, you’re not… you don’t like Valentine’s Day?

Kevin:  Well, you know, I feel like I’m perennially single on Valentine’s Day.

Marni:  Oh, yeah, and I’m always in a long-term relationship so…

Kevin:  So it’s nice for you.

Marni:  It is…

Kevin:  Or you’re not into it?

Marni:  Well, I guess maybe it’s lost its meaning because it’s just, every year it’s Valentine’s Day. Yes, we do nice things for each other, we go out to dinner, yadda yadda yadda.

Kevin:  I’ve started this, kind of, group of friends where it’s like an anti-Valentine’s Day group and we all have… only singles... like, anybody’s who’s, like…

Marni:  Yeah.

Kevin:  ... dating someone is excluded…

Marni:  Yeah.

Kevin:  ... and it’s fun.

Marni:  So are we, like, the enemy then, in that respect?

Kevin:  Just on that day, though.

Marni:  OK.

Kevin:  Just on that day.

Marni:  OK.

Kevin:  But it is… I mean, if you’re with someone, it’s a fun day. It’s cute.

Marni:  I guess. Yeah. Flowers. It’s nice to get flowers and…

Kevin:  Well, you know, although roses… it’s really the worst time to get roses because they’re the most expensive…

Marni:  It’s true.

Kevin:  ... and the least attractive.

Marni:  It’s true.

Kevin:  It’s better to go another route.

Marni:  Exactly. I usually get the exotic flowers.

Kevin:  Very nice.

Marni:  My boyfriend’s good like that.

Kevin:  Very nice. Well you enjoy Valentine’s Day.

Marni:  Thanks. And you enjoy your anti-Valentine’s Day.

Kevin:  Thanks.

 

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Kevin and Marni have different perspectives on Valentine’s Day. This is because Marni has a boyfriend and Kevin is single.

It can be difficult to be single on Valentine’s Day. Kevin is hanging out with his single pals for an “anti-Valentine’s Day” evening. No couples allowed!

Marni will be doing the usual: dinner with her boyfriend. Maybe some flowers, yadda yadda yadda.

Does your country celebrate Valentine’s Day?

 

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Inspirational_Girl

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Yeah … Surely!it’s a sweet & lovely day in iran :)

11:44 AM Sep 15 2012 |

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Ainkaaa

Ainkaaa

Azerbaijan

yes it does.My country also celebrate this day. And I love this day too) but I don’t celebrate this day because I don’t have boyfriend :) But I believe that soon I also will celebrate Valentine’s Day :)

03:28 AM Aug 10 2012 |

safoua123

safoua123

Morocco

actually they are many people in my countrie who celebrate valentine’s day but idon’t feel like it’s something big because evrywone wants just to have fun .so they don’t mean by celebrating the day that they are really in love.

04:36 PM Jun 02 2011 |

marisua

marisua

Peru

yes, it does….. but in the same day we celebarte for two reasons…. for valentine´s day and for friends´s day…...so here in peru it´s no neccesary to be in love if you want to celebrate….people go out, have fun  y yadda yadda…...with their loves or not….....

01:48 PM Apr 06 2011 |

1 person likes this

Ahshan

Ahshan

China

I am a chinese, recently we chinese couples also celebrate the Valentines Day,but i am still a bachlor, so there is nothing with me for Valentines Day.

plus,we Chinese has our own style Valentines Day,七夕节!which is Chinese Valentines Day, and there is also a mystory about it,hehe!

04:19 PM May 09 2010 |

Borocykaaa

Angola

I love valantine's day…but now no!If I have a boyfriend…maybe…

05:56 AM Apr 24 2010 |

1 person likes this

lin lu

lin lu

China

I am single, too~

So, on Valentine's day of this year, I have made a piece of black chotolate with my mama!

Interesting!

05:15 AM Mar 08 2008 |

1 person likes this

lucky1982

lucky1982

Afghanistan

Hello to all being in love, all of you know that love is life, we must being in love and it’ll be so enjoyable for us

04:01 AM Mar 13 2007 |

1 person likes this

oceangirl05

Viet Nam

New background, that’s good!

03:40 AM Feb 14 2007 |

nugroho

nugroho

Indonesia

Happy Valentine’s Day to all members. All of you are my brothers and my sisters.

03:25 PM Feb 13 2007 |

Everwelwisher

Pakistan

oh nida
you are really my velentine in your new picture
thanks
i LOVE you
your ever loving Tahir

07:03 AM Feb 13 2007 |

Nida786

Nida786

Pakistan

so again Introduction
ok friends… Happy Valentines from Nida to all those who LOVE HE/SHE
Nida
love to All Friends
on Valentines Day
Nida_tehreem@Hotmail.com

05:17 AM Feb 13 2007 |

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