Learn Everyday English: Labor Day

Labor Day - Everyday English

In this English lesson, you’re going to learn some great words and phrases. I tell the story of how we spend Labor Day here in the U.S.

Video Transcript

Hello. This is Jack from tofluency.com. Now yesterday, was Labor Day here in the US – and this is a public holiday. It’s a day when the banks are closed, when the schools are closed, and a lot of businesses are closed too. So, most people get the day off here they don’t have to go into work. I work for myself, so I decide if I’m going to work or not, and I decided to do a little bit of work in the morning, then I took the rest of the day off, and I spent this with my family.

Now, Labor Day weekend is the three-day weekend which includes Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and this usually marks or it unofficially marks the end of summer. So, people start thinking about fall now; pools start closing after Labor Day; certain activities they’re not available after this weekend; i also played soccer doing this weekend in a tournament, so usually there are lots of different activities and festivals and fun things to do during this weekend.

Now, I’m going to tell you a little bit about what we did on the actual day, on Labor Day, so, like I said, I did a little bit of work in the morning, but then I spent the afternoon and evening with my family and we decided to go on a hike. Because we live in the mountains, we are surrounded by beautiful scenery and there are so many great hikes that you can go on here. So, we went somewhere that we hadn’t been before – it’s called Black Balsam and it’s just this open area where you can see out over the mountains you get a 360-degree view, so this means you can see mountains all around you when you get to the top of this summit. This was the first time that my son had been on a serious hike.

Now, I say serious, but we went on a hike which was about half a mile or about a mile, however, it was uphill, we had to climb over rocks, we had to follow a very narrow path at times so it was quite difficult for him but he found it challenging and very rewarding and he felt very proud of being able to complete this hike. Now, when we got to the top of the summit, what we did was we had a few snacks; we took in the views; we also took some pictures too, and the weather was just incredible – because we are at such a high altitude, it meant that it was really cool compared to the city. Now,

Now, Asheville is at high-altitude too, but we were much much higher into the mountains and I’ll leave a link to a picture that we took at the top of this mountain so you can see the views as well. So, after we took in the views, took some pictures, we had to descend – we had to go back down the trail and to the parking lot again. My son did a great job and we managed to go more quickly this time which was fantastic. It took us about an hour to get home and then, as is tradition on Labor Day, we had a barbecue – so we cooked some burgers, some vegetables, and other things on the barbecue, we had some friends over, and just had a great weekend

What I want you to do now is to look at the description where I have left some key vocabulary from this lesson and I also used some of the vocabulary that I’ve used today in a different Facebook post, so you can check that out too. And then, I have a question for you: do you like going on hikes? Do you like hiking? And if you do, are there good hikes where you live? So, please let me know in the comments section below. If you have any questions about the English that I used in this video, then again, leave me a comment. Thank you for watching, please share this with your friends, and I’ll see you in the next lesson!

 

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