Topic: Birthdays



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: birthdays. First, 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

birthday cake (n) a sweet and soft food made with eggs, flour, sugar, and other ingredients; after it is baked, it is decorated for birthdays
My favorite birthday cake is a chocolate cake with peanut butter icing.
surprise party (n) an unexpected birthday celebration someone has for you
My wife had a surprise party for my birthday this year.
milestone birthday (n) a birthday event marking a specific or significant age
In the USA some milestone birthdays are celebrated at 16, 25, 50, and 100. 
present (n) a gift that is given to someone for a life event like a birthday
I received a present from my parents for my birthday.
wrapping paper (n) a special paper that is used to cover presents or gifts
The wrapping paper has balloons, candles, and a cake on it.
ribbon (n) a long strip of fabric used to decorate a present
She wrapped the gift with a ribbon around it.
birthdate (n) the date when a person was born
My birthdate is April 15, 1966.
candle (n) wax formed into a stick and has a string in the middle that can be burned
For my 50th birthday, they put 50 candles on my cake.
birthday wish (n) a special desire or hope for someone’s birthday
Example: 1. I hope you have a wonderful birthday 2. I wish you all the best on your birthday.
tradition (n) a custom or belief in a country or group of people that is passed from one generation to the next
We have a tradition of going out for dinner on our birthdays. 


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. How are birthdays celebrated in your country? Are there traditions in your country?
  2. What is your best birthday memory?
  3. What flavor of birthday cake do you like?
  4. What are some presents people receive in your country for birthdays?
  5. When were you born?
  6. What are some things you like to do for your birthday?
  7. What was the best present you ever received and from whom?
  8. Are milestone birthdays celebrated in your country? If so, which birthdays are milestones?
  9. Have you ever had a surprise birthday party? If so, tell me about. If no, do you want one?
  10. Is the cost of a present important to you? Why or why not?


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


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