Hello my lovely English conquerors!
It's about that time. We are almost halfway through the year and May 5th is rapidly approaching. If you live in the U.S. or have heard about Cinco de Mayo, you will know that May 5th is a very important day for party enthusiasts in this country. It's a day where people drink lots of cervezas, margaritas, and chips and guacamole.
With that being said, have you ever wondered why the U.S. loves Cinco de Mayo so much and commemorates a day that has nothing to do with U.S. history? Well I can tell you this. Americans love to have an excuse to party and drink LOTS of beer.
However, the history of Cinco de Mayo has been lost in the intense commercialization and appropriation of this historically Mexican day. So let's take some time to learn the REAL history behind Cinco de Mayo and better understand how this day became so popular in the USA.
Check out this month's listening practice activity below. This is a great opportunity for you to improve and challenge your listening comprehension skills and learn just a little more about the culture and customs of your new home. Enjoy!
1) enthusiasts: a person who is an intense fan
2) commemorate: to remember; have a memorial
3) commercialization: to use something for profit
4) appropriation: to take or steal something
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