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Free Business English Lesson #55
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Introduction1. So Linda, since you're both Japanese and American could you tell me how you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in America, and if you celebrate it in Japan as well?2. If you enjoy our free business English podcast and find it beneficial, please share it with your friends via email, Twitter, Facebook, and so on. It really helps us get more listeners and improve their English skills too.Lesson transcriptA Thanksgiving invitationMs. Jones: Good morning Mr. Okamoto.Mr. Okamoto: Oh, hello Ms. Jones. How're things going? Any trouble?Ms. Jones: No, not at all. I was wondering if you're busy on November 23rd.Mr. Okamoto: Not that I can think of. Actually, that Thursday is a Japanese national holiday – Labor Thanksgiving Day.Ms. Jones: Yeah, it's similar to Labor Day in America right? You know, to show appreciation for workers and to give them a special day off.Mr. Okamoto: That's right, it's pretty much like that nowadays. However, it's based on a traditional harvest season holiday celebrated by farmers for hundreds of years called Niimamesai. In the past it was a celebration to give thanks for a plentiful crop harvest.Ms. Jones: Oh really? I didn't know that. Well, I was asking because coincidentally this year's Japanese holiday lands on the same day as America's Thanksgiving holiday. Each year my family and I have friends over to celebrate. Mostly Ex-pats, but there will be some Japanese friends there as well. So, I thought I'd invite you and your wife to join as well.Mr. Okamoto: Thank you very much for the invitation. I'll need to check with my better half, but we don't have plans that day so I'm pretty sure we can come. Actually, I've never joined an American Thanksgiving party before. Is there anything special we should bring? Like a turkey or something?Ms. Jones: No, no. We'll be handling the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy – all of the main dishes. But, if you'd like to bring some snacks or drinks that would be helpful.Mr. Okamoto: I think I hav