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Happy Thanksgiving! – Parte 01 Posted by on Nov 16, 2010 in Avançado

Hey, there! How’s it going?

Na próxima quinta-feira, dia 25, se comemora o Dia de Ação de Graças nos Estados Unidos e ano passado escrevi um artigo sobre as tradições desse feriado. Este ano pedi aos meus colegas da Transparent Language que contassem, numa série de quatro vídeos, como é o Thanksgiving em sua familia.

Nosso primeiro vídeo é com o Christopher O’Donnell, que trabalha no departamento de UX (user experience) lá na Transparent Language e ele nos diz que o forte do Thanksgiving na sua familia é um recheio para o peru, cuja receita foi passada de geração a geração. Veja o vídeo abaixo e acompanhe com o roteiro.

Let’s start with the first question, which is… How do normally celebrate Thanksgiving, in your household?

Well, often, um, often people at work will get Wednesday off or the afternoon of Wednesday off and um we’ll congregate around the family house of some kind, you might pick a family member, a set of parents if you’re married and so forth and go to that house and perhaps begin cooking the night before. Um, generally Thanksgiving is centered around a large meal with many dishes and so sometimes, um, it helps to start the cooking the night before, then you get up you have a bit of breakfast in the morning, hang out, you might drink some cider and clean the house and so forth. Maybe other relatives will show up later in the day and usually it’s an early dinner, so it might be a two o’clock or three o’clock dinner that you have at least in my experience growing up it was always a quite early dinner. Because you don’t want to eat too much in the morning and you don’t want to wait too late to have this wonderful food that you’re eating. Um, and of course there’s a big turkey and the turkey is the centerpiece of the meal, it make take as many as six hours to cook so, um, yeah, that’s typically how we celebrate.

What’s in the glass at the table? At your table.

What’s in the glass?

What are you going to drink?

Um, wine is common, commonly drunk and cider as well, cider is very common, um, maybe sparkling cider.

What’s on in the background? Music, television, too noisy to even bother with?

Well, I’m not a big football fan, but from what I understand there’s typically a good deal of football that happens later in the afternoon after the meal and so forth um but often people are quite sleepy at that point as well.

How many people would you have at, um, or you’re going to be celebrating with, do you think?

Um, it depends, this year might be a bit smaller but it could be as few as four or as many as twenty people who come to these meals, um, this year we might have ten.

And is there anything utterly unique to your Thanksgiving that you won’t see or have at any other time of the year?

Sure, we make a stuffing, so there’s a delicious bread stuffing that is traditionally made that goes into the turkey and you usually want to make a side dish of it too because it’s quite popular and we make a stuffing that, it’s a recipe that my mother has that she got from her mother and so forth which is a pumpernickel, corn bread and bacon stuffing which is just absolutely astonishingly good and I don’t think that you’ll find that anywhere.

Any particular games or activities that are associated with Thanksgiving in your place?

Um, yes, traditionally we play a game called Dictionary, which is um, an interesting game where there is a word that nobody knows, it’s played around so for each round you pick a word out of the dictionary that nobody knows and everybody writes an invented definition of that word and people read them aloud and they’re voted on and if people believe your definition is the correct definition you get points, it’s a lot of fun.

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About the Author: Adir

English / Spanish teacher and translator for over 20 years. I have been blogging since 2007 and I am also a professional singer in my spare time.