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After a quick greeting, read the following article out loud. Your tutor will go over pronunciation if necessary.
[P1] It’s Minnie Mouse Day in Hollywood.
[P2] The iconic Disney character received the 2,627th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, a “brief 40 years after Mickey got his star,” according to avid Minnie Mouse fan and “American Idol” judge Katy Perry, who was among those presenting the animated star with the honor.
[P3] This year marks the 90th anniversary of the release of 1928’s “Steamboat Willie,” the first of Minnie Mouse’s more than 70 animated films. Her costar in that movie, Mickey Mouse, received a star in 1978 for the film’s 50th anniversary and was also on hand at Monday’s ceremony.
[P4] “Thank you oh-so-much for this wonderful honor. I am so grateful,” a sequin-polka-dot-clad Minnie said to the throng of fans in attendance. “And I want to thank all my friends from around the world. And Mickey, I am so happy you’re here to share this magical day with me. This really is the best day ever.”
[P5] Also dressed in head-to-toe red and white polka dots, Perry praised her “dear friend Minerva Mouse” and spoke of her “lifelong devotion” to the Disney star — particularly the character’s world-famous fashion sense.
[P6] “Her style is the epitome of fun fashion,” Perry said. “…. To this day, no one rocks a bow, the color red or a dot quite like her. Trust me. I am trying. “So today, a brief 40 years after Mickey got his star, I am delighted to honor Minnie and her magic with her,” Perry said, throwing a bit of shade.
[P7] In addition to Mickey and Perry, model Heidi Klum and Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Bob Iger also joined in the festivities.
[P8] “She has the ability to touch hearts and bring joy everywhere she goes. And for all of her many accomplishments as an entertainer and a fashionista, I think what we love the most about Minnie Mouse is her ability to just make us smile,” Iger said. “After 90 years in show biz, it’s certainly about time you got your star,” he added.
[P9] Minnie joins several other Disney characters on the hallowed sidewalks of Hollywood, including Donald Duck, Tinker Bell, Winnie the Pooh, Snow White and Kermit the Frog. Watch the full ceremony, beginning at the 26-minute mark, below.
Read the word/expression and definition out loud. 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.
|icon||(n) a widely known symbol
e.g. The Statue of Liberty has become an American cultural icon.
|polka-dot||(n) one of a series of dots that make a pattern especially on fabric or clothing — usually plural
e.g. The dress has polka dots on it.
|throng||(n) a large group of people — often + of
e.g. A throng of fans was waiting for the players to arrive.
|epitome||(n) a perfect example
e.g. Your response was the epitome of good sense.
|hallowed||(adj) holy or blessed; highly respected
e.g. The church stands on hallowed ground.
Use the following questions as a guideline to help develop an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.
- Summarize the article in your own words.
- Describe Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in your own words. Why does the writer describe them ‘iconic’?
- What is the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Why does the writer describe it as ‘the hallowed sidewalk’?
- Why do you think Minnie Mouse got her star 40 years later than Mickey Mouse? Share your thoughts with your Cambly tutor!