English Pronunciation Practice: Pancake Tuesday
Summary: English Pronunciation
English pronunciation practice can be slow and boring if you let it. So why not break the rules and make it interesting and yummy!
If you have the time, you could even listen to this lessons audio in your kitchen on your mobile phone and make the pancakes at the same time.
How’s about that for multitasking, English pronunciation practice, making yummy food, some exercise (OK maybe I’ve stretching it here…) and as a reward you can eat the pancakes. Probably the most interesting English lesson you will have had in a while.
Audio Transcript: English Pronunciation Practice: Pancake Tuesday
Hi and welcome to this short podcast from Adept English. ‘Scuse my voice today – I have a very sore throat. So if I don’t sound the same as normal, that’s why. Hopefully, it’ll get better soon – at least you’re not catching any germs, this way! If you’re learning English, we are here to provide you with lots of listening material, lots of spoken English.
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A British Tradition
So to help your understanding and your English pronunciation today, let’s talk about a British tradition. By the time you hear this podcast, the date will have passed for this year, but at least you’ll know about it for next year. So the tradition? Well, this week it’s been Pancake Tuesday. And if you listen to the end, I’ll give you some interesting tips about pancake making.
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Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday
Pancake Tuesday is also known as Shrove Tuesday – that’s S-H-R-O-V-E – and Tuesday of course, is the day of the week. And a pancake is something that you eat. It’s flat, as in ‘as flat as a pancake’ and it’s made with flour, eggs and milk and you cook it in a pan. In French, it’s called a crêpe and usually there’s a filling – like jam or honey or even cheese or mushrooms. So where does this tradition come from? Like many traditions in the UK, it has a Christian origin. Pancake Tuesday falls just before Ash Wednesday and this is the first day of the season in the Christian calendar, which is called Lent. Lent, L-E-N-T is the period in the run-up to Easter. And Easter is of course, when you celebrate with chocolate eggs. But traditionally for Lent, you give something up – and it has to be something you like! So ‘to give up’ means that you agree to do without it. You might give up alcohol, or chocolate, something that you’d normally enjoy. Lent used to be a time when people would fast – and ‘to fast’ means to go without food. Now like most of the traditions in the UK, people follow them because they like the tradition, rather than that they’re serious Christians. We do it in my house because my children like pancakes. So a bit of social context, as well as helping you with your English pronunciation!
So Pancake Tuesday is the last celebration before the season of Lent. So you’re having butter, eggs, sugar, sweet things, which traditionally you wouldn’t have been able to enjoy during Lent. So Pancake Tuesday is normally celebrated in February, but this year the date was the 5th March, because Easter is very late in 2019.
Hints and Tips on Pancake Making
So not only do our podcasts help with your English pronunciation, but sometimes they help with your cooking too! So I’m going to give you some hints and tips about making pancakes. Now these are largely from a woman called Delia Smith, who is famous for her cookery books. She’s famous in the UK, not only for her cookery, but also because she owns part of Norwich City Football Club. So even though Pancake Tuesday has gone, there’s nothing to stop you making pancakes anyway. And here are Delia Smith’s pancake tips:-
- Mix up the flour, eggs and milk, according to her recipe of course, with a fork or whisk it to get rid of any lumps
- Melt butter in your pan, swish the butter around and then empty it back out again
- Get your pan really hot
- Tip your pancake mixture into the pan. Tip your pan around so that the mixture runs and covers the bottom of the pan. Fill up any little holes with a teaspoonful of pancake mix.
- Once the pancake is set and it’s cooked a little bit, lift the edge and look underneath to see if the bottom is brown. If it is….
- Flip the pancake – that means turn it over and cook the other side. I like to do this the traditional way – by flipping it up in the air and catching it in the pan. Can be a bit hit and miss, though!
- When they’re cooked, eat your pancakes the traditional way for Pancake Tuesday with sugar and a squeeze or lemon.
If you go and have a look at the transcript, there’s even a link to the recipe for pancakes – and there’s some photographs of what they look like. https://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/international/european/british/basic-pancakes.
And another link to people having fun, flipping their pancakes. (Or not…!)
So I hope you manage to make some pancakes at the same time as improving your English pronunciation.
Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.
PS: I think the honey on my pancakes will help my sore throat!
I believe in using honey to help a sore throat, my experience over the years is that sucking on a spoon of honey can improve a sore throat. So it has been very handy that this week I got to have pancakes with the honey.
Let’s see! If you listen next week and hear that my voice has improved we can all say the pancakes helped (justifying that I ate too many!).
Even if you hate pancakes, this English lesson is worth listening to as it will contain lots of useful English vocabulary which will over time help you with the pronunciation of English words.
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