February 14th is traditionally a celebration of love, so how do people in the UK mark the occasion?
Valentine’s Day is one of my favourite days of the year. I’ve always liked it, even from when I was a kid. I used to get lots of cards and then wonder who sent them to me. I’m married today, but Valentine’s is still a special day for me. I spend a lot of money on a giant Valentine’s Day card, chocolates, a teddy bear, and other presents. I also reserve a table at a romantic Italian or French restaurant. It’s also great getting presents and chocolates back. It seems that the whole world is in love on February the 14th. I wish it could be Valentine’s Day every day. I really think it should be a national holiday. That way, we can all get to spend a wonderful, love-filled, romantic day with that extra-special person in our life
Comment on these quotes about love. Do you agree with any of them? Do you disagree with any of them?
“If you love someone, let them go. If they come back they’re yours. If they don’t, they never were…”
“Love is hard work; and hard work sometimes hurts!”
“It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”
“Love one another and you will be happy. It is as simple and as difficult as that.”
“We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh.”
“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”
“Love makes the time pass. Time makes love pass.”
Do you know any well-known quotes about love in your language?
Try to translate them into English.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of being single?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a boyfriend / girlfriend?
If you want to meet people in your country how do you go about it?
Is it easy or difficult to meet new people?
Do you think the internet is a popular way of meeting new people in your country?
DECLARATIONS OF LOVE
Sending a Valentine’s card to a loved one is a custom that has been going on for at least 150 years if not longer. Couples will give them to each other, but it is also common to send an anonymous card to anyone you secretly love. This practice is particularly common in schools and can be a source of great amusement and embarrassment as everyone tries to work out who sent a card to whom!
LOVE AND TECHNOLOGY
Another way of letting someone know you love them on Valentine’s Day is to put an advert in a newspaper. Nowadays social media sites and mobile phone messages are taking over this role – on Valentine’s Day 2008 an estimated 80 million texts were sent between mobile phones, which was six times the number of cards sent by ‘snail mail’.
Suggested texts include:
WUBMV – will you be my Valentine
xoxoxoxoxo – hugs and kisses
LUWAM<3 – love you with all my heart
:’-) – I’m so happy, I’m crying
ILUVU – I love you
FLOWERS AND CHOCOLATES
As well as cards, Valentine’s Day also brings a lot of gift giving, though it is usually men who are expected to give presents to their wives and girlfriends. Flowers and chocolates remain popular choices, roses being the most popular, but advice from magazines and newspapers is usually that men should try to be more imaginative! One Cotswolds hotel is offering a chocoholics weekend for two. Dinner is asparagus in a white chocolate sauce followed by a chocolate treasure hunt around the local area. Maybe they could take some inspiration from this!
For those who think that these seem a little boring, there is a range of unusual gifts to give the one you love. How about a helicopter flight for men or a balloon ride for women? Or maybe the chance to test-drive a Ferrari for him, and a pampering session at a health club for her? As with other holidays and events, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity for ever increasing commercialism! For the truly committed, Valentine’s Day is a popular day to either propose or get married – you’d never forget your wedding anniversary!
What is different about Valentine’s cards to cards for other occasions?
Which is more popular now? Sending cards by ‘snail mail’ or sending texts? SNAIL MAIL-CORREO POSTAL
Do you think sending a text or instant message is a good way to declare your love? Why (not)?
What are the most common gifts to give on Valentine’s Day?
Name two interesting Valentine’s Day gifts.
Have you ever heard of speed dating?
Do you think you can judge somebody’s character in three minutes?
Do you think speed dating is a good way to meet people?
Do you agree with the saying, ‘First impressions count’?
Can two people fall in love over the internet without meeting each other first?
How acceptable is online dating in your country?
What are some of the good and bad things about online dating?
Do you know anyone who has met their husband or wife online?
What are some popular online dating sites in your country?
When getting to know someone is it better to talk with them or text them?
How do you think apps like Tinder have changed online dating?
What are some of the most interesting or unique dating apps you have heard of?
What dating apps are popular in your country?
Do you think that all the tech solutions to dating have made dating easier or more complicated?
THIS YEAR PANCAKE DAY…. SHROVE TUEDAY WILL BE CELEBRATED ON THE 16TH OF FEBRUARY
Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. … Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the fast and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients.
Shrove, derived from shrive, refers to the confession of sins as a preparation for Lent, a usual practice in Europe in the Middle Ages. … As the final day before the austerity of the Lenten fast, Shrove Tuesday also has many customs pertaining to food.
Shrove Tuesday is a Christian festival celebrated in many countries across the globe. It falls on the Tuesday before the beginning of Lent – a period of around six weeks leading up to Easter. During Lent, Christians give up luxuries to remember when Jesus went into the desert for 40 days to fast and pray.
Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is a special day celebrated in many countries around the world. It is celebrated in English-speaking countries like the UK, Ireland, Australia and Canada. In France, the USA and other countries, it is called ‘Mardi Gras’ or ‘Fat Tuesday’. In others like Spain, Italy or Brazil, Shrove Tuesday is at the end of Carnival. On this day many people eat pancakes: thin, flat cakes made in a pan.
Pancake Day is always on a Tuesday in February or March. It is the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. Lent is a period of 40 days before Easter when people often give up or stop eating things that are bad for them like chocolate or fast food. At the end of Lent is Easter. Easter takes place on a different date each year because it depends on the moon. Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring. Traditionally, during Lent, people didn’t eat rich foods like butter and eggs, so to use them up they made pancakes from these ingredients on Shrove Tuesday.
Another tradition on Pancake Day in the UK is pancake racing. People run in a race with a pancake in a pan. As they run, they have to toss the pancake (throw the pancake in the air and catch it in the pan) several times. In some pancake races people dress up in fancy dress costumes. The most famous pancake race takes place in a town called Olney, in the middle of England. People say that Olney has been celebrating pancake races since 1445!
Pancakes are very easy to make. Try THIS recipe.
One cup of flour
One cup of milk
One large egg
Some butter or oil
Some sugar (ACCORDING TO YOUR SWEET TOOTH)
Fill one cup with flour and put into a bowl.
Fill another cup with milk and pour into the bowl.
Crack the egg into the bowl and whisk the flour, milk and egg until the mixture is smooth.
Put a very small amount of butter or oil in a pan, and when it is hot, put some mixture in the pan and move the pan to make a thin pancake.
After one minute hold the pan carefully and throw or toss the pancake in the air to turn it over.
Now cook the pancake on the other side.
When the pancake is ready, squeeze some lemon juice and put some sugar on it and eat it immediately.
If you don’t like lemon juice, eat them with jam, chocolate sauce or ice cream.
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