off the cuff – Thanksgiving and Black Friday

We are back! Last week we talked about Halloween and today we talk about some myths about Thanksgiving and the origins of Black Friday. Listen, check the vocabulary below and enjoy!


Thanksgiving – Día de Acción de Gracias Fast forward – move forward quickly
Myth – something that people say but may not be true Crashing stock market – the value of the all tradable investments fail
pilgrims – the first people from England
to move to the US
Change the narrative- change the story that people know and hear
Mayflower- the name of the boat the
pilgrims came on
Black Friday – The day after Thanksgiving when all the Christmas sales begin
harvest- the time to collect food from the
Christmas season- The time dedicated to celebrating Christmas
whitewashing – an attempt to stop people finding out the true facts about a situation Stuff your face – eat too much
in any way, shape or form – in any way at all Retail – the act of selling goods to the public
disease – and illness caused by infection or
failure of health
Retail therapy – the act of buying things for yourself in order to feel better when you areunhappy

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Watch the video, read up on all the ingredients and learn some vocabulary and interesting facts about pancakes.

Cooking in English – Pancakes

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

1 cup (226.8 grams) of flour
¼ teaspoon (1.23 grams) salt
1 Tablespoon (14.3 grams) Brown Sugar (or regular sugar)
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1 large egg
¾ cup (174 grams) milk
2 Tablespoon vegetable oil
Chocolate chips
Butter or Margarine

1. Mix all dry ingredients together in small bowl.
2. Beat egg.
3. Add milk and oil and the dry ingredients. Mix until smooth.
4. Heat a pan or grill. When hot, add a bit of butter to the surface.
5. Use small ladle to pour batter onto got grill.
6. Add chocolate chips to the pancakes.
7. When bubbles appear, flip the pancakes and cook for another minute or two.
8. Serve with syrup and/or fruit.

Learn some vocabulary used in the video
Fluffy- esponjoso
Sunflower seeds- Semillas de girasol
Baking powder- levadura (Royal)
Scooper/Ladle- cacillo
bubbles- burbujas
Flip- voltear
To double up- doblar  
Syrup- Sirope

Every country has their own style of pancake. Click here to learn about the different types and about why people in the US call them Silver Dollar Pancakes.  


¿Estás aburrido en el confinamiento? Take a look at the following links to learn about these words, their meanings and their pronunciations.

Click here to find out the difference between you’re and your.
Click here to learn what yore means from the Cambridge online dictionary. Notice you can also listen to the pronunciation as well as learn grammar and context here.
Click here to learn the difference between their, there and they’re and then try to do the exercises.
Click here to read about differences between where, were, we’re and wear. Make sure you also look these up in a dictionary to hear the pronunciation as this is what causes most problems.

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