Episode 20: Bonfire Night in the UK


In today’s episode Dan and Jennifer talk about a special British holiday (celebratory day), Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night. Listen to Dan explain this night, popular in British culture, where it started and how it’s celebrated today!

You’ll also get even more listening practice with a comprehension check and dictation/transcription practice. This episode will help you understand some key differences in American and British English pronunciation, and check your ability to understand the two!

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Podcast Notes:

For more learning, including the full vocabulary list and definitions (from below), a more complete language focus explanation, and idiom example sentences, download this week's episode guide.

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Vocabulary Sample:

fab time

to make it out alive

to blow up



Language Focus: Listening Comprehension Questions

Could you understand Dan’s description of Guy Fawkes night and its history? Double check your understanding by answering these questions below!

  1. When did this celebration start, how long has it been celebrated?

  2. Who was Guy Fawkes upset with and what did he want to do?

  3. Where did the police catch Guy Fawkes and what did they do to him?

  4. How do people celebrate today?

  5. What’s a traditional food Dan mentioned for this celebration?

Dictation and Pronunciation Practice

As you know, American and British English sounds quite different. There are several sounds that differ, and you are going to see what you can understand and recognize!

  • Listen to the sentences you hear Dan and Jennifer repeat in part 2 of the language focus.

  • Write down the sentences/questions you hear.

  • Next, what sounds are different? What differences do you recognize?


download the episode guide for the comprehension question answers, the transcribed (written) sentences you heard, and more information about pronunciation


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Have you ever been to a bonfire? (A place that had a large open flame/fire in public)

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