Today we celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October each year. Most families have a special dinner that consists mainly in turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash or turnips, cranberries sauce, and pumpkin pie. It’s a time to spend with family and friends.
Canadian families have different traditions during Thanksgiving dinner. My family has a special tradition before eating dinner. First, we say grace, which is a short prayer to give thanks. Then, each person says something they are thankful for. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and give thanks for one’s life, health, food, family, friends, work, and freedom.
How to use the word thankful?
First let’s analyze what part of the speech is the word thankful. It’s similar to the word thank, right? The word thank is a verb, so thankful is and adjective (many adjectives have a ‘ful’ ending). Can you guess what the adverb form is? Yes, the adverb form is thankfully (many adverbs have a ‘ly’ ending). Yay! We already have made a word family.
The word thankful represents a feeling that people experience when they are happy because of someone or something. It is commonly used to express gratitude.
Thankful for someone or something
He is thankful for his wife.
I’m so thankful for all the support I’ve received during these hard times.
Lately most of us have been attending virtual meetings. Zoom has become one of the preferred platforms for working and learning remotely. In one hand virtual meetings have become an effective way to communicate with colleagues, teachers and classmates. On the other they have become a source of stress and anxiety especially for non-English speakers.
This quick guide will offer useful vocabulary and phrases to improve your communication skills online.
First of all you need to become familiar with the icons and their functions. It’s important that you learn how to pronounce their names in English. Some words are universally used around the world but the pronunciation varies according to the language.
Here is a list of words that can help you for your next virtual meeting/ class.
microphone off (mute)
turn up the volume
turn down the volume
record the session
Here are some common phrases used during virtual meetings. How many of them have you heard before?
Can you hear me?
Can you see me?
Can you see the presentation?
Can you hear the audio?
I can’t hear you / I’m having trouble hearing you.
Your mic is off
Please turn your mic off
I can see you but I can’t hear you
I’ll share my screen
Can you share your screen?
I’ll stop sharing my screen
Can you stop sharing your screen?
Are you on mute? / I think your microphone is off
I have a problem with the connection
Sorry, I got kicked out
The connection is slow
I’m lagging / You’re lagging
My/ your video is freezing
Did you receive the link?
I’m waiting for it to load
It’s not loading
Scroll up please
Scroll down please
Do you want to practice pronunciation? Download a worksheet with pictures and audio