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"nose around" = look for something private or hidden

"The kids sometimes nose around the house for Christmas gifts."


"umpteen (also, umpteenth)" = a great number of

"I have umpteen presents to buy before Christmas Eve."

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[ Quiz Script | Text Completion Quiz ]

Christmas is Coming!
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises

Level:Topic:Type:Speakers:Length:
easy Christmas giftsconversationman - two children01:11

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Christmas is a time when children hope to receive presents from their parents, other family, and friends. Imagine that you are one of the children in this conversation (a three-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl). What Christmas gifts would you like to receive?

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2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What does the little boy NOT ask for Christmas?
A. a toy train
B. a play car
C. hand-held radio receiver-transmitters

2. What does the girl want for Christmas?
A. dolls
B. Barbie playhouse
C. marbles

3. What are some of the foods the children want to prepare for Santa's reindeer?
A. cookies, apples, and carrots
B. hot chocolate, oranges, and corn
C. apples, oranges, and cookies

4. What time do they plan to go to bed?
A. 7:00 p.m.
B. 8:00 p.m.
C. 9:00 p.m.

5. How is Santa going to enter the house?
A. through the back door
B. down the chimney
C. through a basement window


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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Is Christmas celebrated in your country? If so, in what ways? What other religious and secular traditions and holidays are held during this same season? Interview other international students or friends and research how the year-end holidays are celebrated around the world, including popular gifts that people exchange at this time of year.

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