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Episode 18: Christmas Pageant
Episode 18: Christmas Pageant
This story is about a pageant or parade to celebrate Christmas. First, listen to Preeti talking about what will happen in the future:

I guess I’m late. The other day I went for rehearsal and it was kind of fun coz we are about more than ten girls. I am very much excited about that Pageant because I know there will be lots and lots of people who will be looking at us.

People who ‘will be looking’ at us. ‘Will be looking’ is the future continuous tense. Continuous means an action that takes place over time. The future continuous is used for continuous actions in the future. Preeti says people will look at her and the other dancers during the pageant. Next, listen for another use of the future continuous:
We will be dancing on the Indian songs and that’s a good part I must say.

We 'will be dancing'. The future continuous is will with be and the - ing form - will be dancing, will be looking. So the dancing and looking will happen in the future during the pageant. What else will happen during the pageant?

Ah yeah, I’ll be having butterflies in my stomach for sure.

‘She'll be having butterflies in her stomach’. To have butterflies in your stomach is to feel nervous. So she will feel nervous during the pageant. And why will she be feeling nervous?

To be very frank, I didn’t expect that there were gonna be so much crowd. Ah, it’s more than my expectations, seriously. And they say it’s gonna be three hundred thousand people as an audience. Oh my God!

Next listen for the word that means to join in:

I didn’t know that in Christmas Pageant all age group can participate.

Participate. To join in is to participate. And what do you call people who participate?

I always had this misconception that Christmas is only the festival for the kids but it’s not. I can see here the participants ranges from sixty to forty to thirty and kids as well.

People who participate are called participants. What’s another way of saying ‘participate’?

I have taken part in India in lots of combinations but not like this. This is gonna be my life’s greatest experience I must say.

She said 'I have taken part in India' - to take part is to participate. Does the audience participate?

The whole Adelaide’s kids were there, and they were waving like anything. They were spraying waters on us.

They do participate or take part or join in. They were spraying water. And what else were they doing?

The whole Adelaide’s kids were there, and they were waving like anything.

'They were waving like anything'. To do something 'like anything' is to do it enthusiastically or a lot. To finish, listen for what else the children do:

It's great. When we look in their eyes and they are there with a big smile and it looks fabulous you know.

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