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La Navidad en inglés.

 

La navidad de los Estados Unidos, sus símbolos y sus productos ya forman parte de la cultura global. En muchos países la navidad made in America convive con las tradiciones locales.  La Navidad al estilo estadounidense suele ser el mayor producto económico para muchos países del mundo, ya que las ventas aumentan drásticamente en casi todos los sectores durante ese período. 

 

Con todo, la Navidad en Estados Unidos es al mismo tiempo una celebración que reúne a las familias y a los amigos en torno a los buenos deseos, la esperanza y la prosperidad. 

 

Christmas is a major holiday in the US and in other places, too.

Navidad es una festividad importante en los Estados Unidos y en otros lugares también. 

Subtítulo 3, Holidays and Seasons with Sigrid Sights and Scents at Christmastime

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Al otro lado del mar, Inglaterra también tiene un espíritu navideño que comienza en noviembre, cuando se encienden los primeros adornos en las ciudades y los niños escriben sus cartas a Papá Noel, también llamado Father Christmas en Inglaterra.  Los adultos, en cambio, tienen la tradición de escribir tarjetas de Navidad para enviarlas a la familia y los amigos. A los estadounidenses les gusta pasar la Nochebuena con sus familias, mientras que los británicos van a los pubs (bares) a beber y a compartir con los amigos. 

 

Hello, and what are you going to do on Christmas Day? We're gonna have a big log fire going

Hola, ¿y qué vas a hacer en Navidad? Vamos a tener una gran fogata

Subtítulos 23-24, Christmas in London People

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On the twelfth day after Christmas, we have to take down all the decorations and the tree, or else it's bad luck for the New Year.

En el doceavo día después de la Navidad, tenemos que quitar todas las decoraciones del árbol, si no es mala suerte para el Año Nuevo.

Subtítulos 47-48, Christmas Traditions in the UK

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Mientras que en Europa es habitual celebrar la Nochebuena, en Australia está más aceptado reunirse el día de Navidad (25 de diciembre).  Todas las tradiciones navideñas, todos los mitos y leyendas de la Navidad y todos los recuerdos navideños se construyen en torno al frío, pero Diciembre en Australia es verano así que hablamos de una Navidad calurosa. 

 

La Navidad se ha convertido en una fiesta internacional asociada con la renovación de propósitos de vida; días para compartir con la familia y los amigos. 

 

Merry Christmas!

¡Feliz Navidad!

Subtítulo 5, Dare Jessie J Christmas Special

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Aprendizaje adicional 

 

Inventa algunas frases sobre cosas que deseas a partir frases como  "I wish you...." o “we wish you”.... Busca más ejemplos de uso en Yabla Inglés para conocer mejor los diferentes contextos en los que se utiliza la frase.

 

Wishful Thinking

Many of our social activities have been reduced by the current crisis, giving us a lot more time on our own. Maybe this is a good time to think about what we wish for the future. Let's take a look today at some English sentences that use the standard phrase that begins "I wish..."

 

I wish that I could be like the cool kids.

Caption 8, Echosmith - Cool Kids

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By "cool kids," they mean the kids who are more popular.

 

I wish I could find a book to live in.

Caption 11, Miley Cyrus - The Backyard Sessions - Look What They've Done to My Song

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This is a poetic way of saying she wishes her life had more excitement and romance — like in a book!

 

I wish I would've had more time to travel around.

Caption 37, Ask Jimmy Carter - Interview with Demi Moore

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These days, the problem is not so much having the time to travel as the fact that travel restrictions often make traveling impossible.

 

How I wish, how I wish you were here

Caption 12, David Gilmour - Wish You Were Here

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Most of us are missing friends and family members who we aren't able to see because of travel restrictions. At least it's usually possible to call them or have a video chat. It's not the same as being there, but it helps!

 

I wish I had a better voice that sang some better words.

Caption 2, Twenty One Pilots - Stressed Out

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The singer of the band Twenty One Pilots clearly needs to get some singing lessons and work on his lyrics!

 

I wish I had a river I could skate away on

Caption 5, Katie Melua - River

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The river she wants to skate away on had better be frozen solid or she'll be swimming in her ice skates.

 

I wish it hadn't happened. But it did.

Caption 63, Matthew Modine - Showreel

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As far as the crisis goes, it is still happening, but it is good to be realistic about things, as Mr. Modine advises.

 

I wish you a Merry Christmas. Goodbye!

Caption 60, Christmas in London - People

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Some countries actually celebrate Christmas in July. It's also possible to say "It's like Christmas in July!" when you get a present, even though it's not a holiday or your birthday.

 

Further Learning
Make up some sentences about things that you wish for using the phrases "I wish I had...", "I wish I could...", and "I wish I was...". Find some more examples using "I wish" on Yabla English so you can get a better sense of the different contexts in which the phrase is used.

Winter Vacation and the Holidays

As we approach the end of December, many people are looking forward to having some time off. The “holiday break," “Christmas break,” or "winter vacation" observed by schools gives students up to two weeks off. Universities may have closer to a month of time off. Workplaces and offices close as well, although not for so long!

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It is a time to relax and a time to spend with family and friends. If the weather outside is cold, there are some classic outdoor activities that people enjoy, although you may decide to simply stay nice and warm indoors.

 

And nowadays Rose and I do down-hill skiing primarily.

Caption 73, Ask Jimmy Carter - Interview with former US president Jimmy Carter

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She could only rest in a corner next to the fireplace,

Caption 11, Yabla Fairy Tales - Cinderella - Part 1

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Many families take time to do activities like baking or cooking together, and also decorate to their homes.

 

And what's your favorite part of the Christmas dinner?

Caption 13, Christmas in London - People

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But, up until that point we decorate our houses with lots of different things.

Caption 6, Christmas traditions - in the UK

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Many people are also preparing for the holidays and the tradition of exchanging presents:

 

I like getting presents and sending Christmas cards.

Caption 13, A Charlie Brown Christmas - Opening

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...and then unwrap our presents and all the family will be there.

Caption 12, Christmas in London - People

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Of course, the holidays can be stressful, especially if you are late with the preparations!

 

So they're looking for their last-minute presents for their loved ones.

Caption 3, Christmas in London - People

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Our Yabla English team wishes you a lovely winter break and holiday season, filled with relaxation and the warm company of family and friends!

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Further Learning
Go to the links listed above, or do your own search for Yabla English videos that reference holiday traditions. Another idea: look up the English words for the presents you are giving people this year if you don’t know them already.

 

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