Superstitions

Superstitious, superstition – English Vocabulary: Simple English Videos ESL Lesson

Hi everyone! If you spill salt, do you throw some over your shoulder? This English lesson is about superstitions and it has two parts: first a conversation and then a song with a puzzle. So I’m making a playlist. Enjoy! How’s it going Jay? Terrific! I think I have a big new customer. Really? A big one? Yes, they’re going to order a thousand units. Wow! They’re gonna call me any minute and tell me. Fantastic! This could be my lucky day. Oh that’s so funny. Why? Well, today is Friday the thirteenth. Really? Yes. Some people are superstitious about Friday the thirteenth. They think it’s unlucky. But you’re not superstitious, are you? No… Well maybe… Well, cross your fingers then. Oh no! Oh dear, you’ve spilt the salt. Oh no! Throw some over your shoulders… but keep your fingers crossed. Oh. Is that your phone? Keep your fingers crossed. Did you understand everything? Let’s check. Jay says he has a new customer. But is he sure? How’s it going, Jay? Terrific! I think I have a big new customer. He says ‘I think’, so he’s not sure. He’s waiting for a call from them to see if they place a big order. Wow! They’re gonna call me any minute and tell me. Fantastic! This could be my lucky day. Some people think that when the 13th day of the month falls on a Friday, it’s an unlucky day. It’s a superstition. A superstition is a belief that some events happen in ways that we can’t explain by reason or science. But you’re not superstitious, are you? No… Well maybe… ‘Superstition’ is the noun and ‘superstitious’ is the adjective. We can say people or beliefs are superstitious. “Oh no! Oh dear, you’ve spilt the salt. Oh no!Throw some over your shoulders… but keep your fingers crossed. Oh. Is that your phone? Keep your fingers crossed.” Do you ever cross your fingers or do other things for good luck? And that brings me to your puzzle. It comes in the form of a song about superstitions and it’s sung by the wonderful Stevie Wonder. I’ve made a video in which you’re going to see situations where people often get superstitious and also lots of symbols and objects that are associated with superstitions. How many can you spot? Many come from the US and the UK, but some come from other cultures. So see how many you recognize. And perhaps there are other lucky symbols and interesting superstitions in your culture. Please tell us about them in the comments.

5 thoughts on “Superstitions

  • May 11, 2016 at 6:16 am
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    Thanks very much…funny video….am going to try using this immediately today with a class! It would be great to have a list of all the symbols that appear in the ‘superstitious’ video

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  • May 24, 2016 at 12:30 pm
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    You are my last and best discovery today:)) I’m still laughing at the video:) thanks a lot.I ‘ll show this site to my students as soon as possible.

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    • May 24, 2016 at 1:19 pm
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      So glad you like it Evren. Please tell all your students about us and thanks for writing.

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