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LESSON NOTES

Video Culture Class: British


Holidays #16
April Fool's Day

CONTENTS
2 British English
3 Vocabulary

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BRITISH ENGLISH

1. Hi everyone, I'm Gina.

2. The first of April is April Fool's Day - a day to try and fool your friends with jokes and a
day to have some lighthearted fun.

3. In this lesson, you're going to learn about April Fool's Day in the UK.

4. There was a famous April Fool's story about penguins published by the BBC. What do
you think the story was?

5. Well show you the answer at the end of this video.

6. It is commonly thought that the reason why the first of April is a day for tricks is due to
the changing of the calendar. Currently, we use the Gregorian calendar and a new year
starts on the first of January. However, previously the Julian calendar was used and in
this calendar a new year started on the first of April. When the change was made, those
who still celebrated on the first of April were mocked and called fools.

7. On the first of April we play tricks on others and try to deceive the more gullible amongst
our friends. The more outlandish these tricks and deceptions are the better! However,
this custom should only last until midday. After midday April Fool's Day is over and
tricksters shouldn't play anymore tricks should be played.

8. April Fool's Day isn't just an event held between friends. Every year, major multi-national
corporations, celebrities and media outlets also try to play tricks on the public. Every
year most major national newspapers will carry a story or two on the first of April that is
a joke and the game becomes trying to spot it!

9. The Gregorian calendar was first conceived in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII but was not
adopted by the UK until 1752. Delaying the change resulted in eleven days being
skipped so that the calendar could run correctly.

10. And now I'll give you the answer to the earlier quiz .

11. There was a famous April Fool's story about penguins published by the BBC. What do
you think the story was?

CONT'D OVER

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12. The BBC claimed that their cameras in the Antarctic had captured footage of flying
penguins. It was claimed these penguins would migrate to South Africa every summer.

13. How was this lesson? Did you learn something interesting?

14. Do you have a day for fooling in your country?

15. Leave us a comment at EnglishClass101.com. And we'll see you in the next lesson!

VOCABULARY

V oc abular y English C lass

the 1st of April, a day to play


April Fool's Day (British) jokes and pranks on people noun

something that spreads


multi-national (British) across several countries noun

a large business that is


corporation (British) legally separate and noun
independent of its owners

forms of media, such as


media outlet (British) newspapers or TV phrase

to spot (British) to notice, to recognise verb

to conceive (British) to create Verb

to take and follow an action,


to adopt (British) to choose a new standard Verb

to skip (British) to miss, to pass over verb

video, film of something


footage (British) happening noun

someone who fools or


trickster (British) deceives other people noun

making someone believe


deception (British) something that isn't true noun

to fool (British) to trick, to play a joke on verb

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lighthearted (British) not serious, playful adjective

tricks (British) joke, prank noun

a calendar introduced in
1582 by Pope Gregory XIII
Gregorian calendar (British) and now widely used across noun
the world

a calendar introduced in 46
Julian calendar (British) BC by Julius Caesar noun

to make fun of, to ridicule, to


to mock (British) belittle verb

gullible (British) naive, easily deceived adjective

extremely different and


outlandish (British) unexpected adjective

to move from one country to


to migrate (British) another due to changes in verb
the season

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