Topic: April Fools’ Day

An April Fools' Day prank in Denmark, regarding Copenhagen's new subway.
An April Fools’ Day prank in Denmark, regarding Copenhagen’s new subway.

Warm-up

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: April Fools’ DayFirst, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Prank a trick of an amusing, playful, or sometimes malicious nature
e.g. Frank always enjoyed good pranks.
Pull a trick/gag to deceive someone or to play a trick on someone.
e.g. Let’s pull a trick on the teacher. Don’t you dare pull a stunt like that!
Poisson d’avril In France, chocolate fish are enjoyed throughout the Easter season and appear on April 1st. Children play an April Fools’ Day trick by placing a paper fish on adults’ backs then running away yelling ‘Poisson d’Avril’.
Go to great lengths to try very hard to achieve a result
e.g. This champion marathon runner is going to great lengths to help raise money for needy children.
Mess with~ to bother or interfere with someone or something.
e.g. Don’t mess with me unless you want trouble. Come on, don’t monkey with my new camera.  
Fake (n) a thing that is not genuine; a forgery or sham.
(adj) not genuine; counterfeit.
(v) forge or counterfeit (something).
Hilarious extremely amusing
e.g. That show was hilarious!
At someone’s expense if someone has a joke or enjoys themselves at your expense, they enjoy laughing at you
e.g. I don’t appreciate any jokes at someone else’s expense.
Off-color dirty or smutty; raunchy
e.g. That joke was sort of off color
Mean no harm not intend to cause damage or insult
e.g. That trick was cruel, but the kids meant no harm by it.

Conversation

Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. What are some pranks people play on April Fools’ Day?
  2. What is the story behind this day?
  3. Best April Fools’ Day joke you played? Worst April Fools’ Day joke played on you?
  4. Did you get mad when you found out you’ve been fooled?
  5. Is it still easy to fool people on April 1st or is everyone on guard?
  6. Do you think a prank can be forgiven on April Fools’ Day, no matter how cruel it is?
  7. How long is acceptable to seek revenge on a prank?
  8. Why do some people enjoy fooling others for fun?
  9. Does any good come from April Fools’ day?
  10. “Mix a little foolishness with your prudence: It’s good to be silly at the right moment.” What do you think? Share your thoughts with your Cambly tutor!

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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