Unit 12
Macy's thanksgiving parade

Overseas Life/Holiday Customs


Share your ideas with your teacher and try to make sentences.

What do you think happens in a thanksgiving parade? Describe it.


Repeat  these  sentences  after  your  teacher.

1. pandemic (adj.) 大流行病
The pandemic made me reflect on myself.

2. new normal (phr.) 新常態
We have to adapt to the new normal now!

3. handlers (n.) 操作工
How many human handlers will be present?

4. evolved into (phr.) 逐步演變成,進化成
The ugly swan evolved into a beautiful one.

5. usher (n.) 引領;迎接
Usher the king to his room.

6. a stroke of marketing genius (phr.) 行銷上的天才之舉
Give us the stroke of marketing genius!

7. marching bands (phr.) 遊行樂隊
I am excited to watch the marching bands!

8. nostalgic (adj.) 懷舊的
I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something about this place feels really nostalgic.


Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.

Hey Ricardo, planning on watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV this year?

Well, given the pandemic, that’s the only way to watch it, Lucy. I just hope this won’t be the new normal.
因為疫情,也只能在電視上看了,Lucy。 我只希望別以後都這樣了。

Same. I heard balloons will still be flown, but there won’t be any human handlers.
我也是。 我聽說還是會有大氣球的,但不會有人來操縱了。

This year’s Macy’s parade will be the first of its kind, since having begun way back in 1924.

Back then, it was only intended to be a one-time event for the grand opening of the world’s largest department store.

Yeah, but it was such a hit that it evolved into an annual event still nationally broadcasted today.

Who’d have thought that nearly a century later, millions of Americans would tune in every Thanksgiving morning to usher in the holiday season?

Talk about a stroke of marketing genius!

Yeah, marching bands, Broadway shows, and big-name singers performing on top of gorgeous floats.

Now you’ve got me all nostalgic thinking about past parades.

It really does evoke happiness, togetherness and thankfulness among us Americans.


Who’d have thought …?

The phrase “who would have thought” is used to express surprise about information or the result of a situation. It essentially means that in the past, no one would have thought or imagined that this would happen.

For example, in today’s lesson, the speaker said, “Who’d have thought that nearly a century later, millions of Americans would tune in every Thanksgiving morning to usher in the holiday season?” Here, the speaker is expressing his surprise that the event continues to be such a big deal today.

1. Who’d have thought that this is how 2021 would turn out?

2. Who’d have thought that JK Rowling would eventually become richer than the Queen?

3. He was so shy and taciturn when he was a kid. Who’d have thought that he’d turn out to be such a great public speaker?


Make a conversation with your teacher.

1.What are your favorite thanksgiving foods? Why are they your favorite?