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English Conversation Practice - Labor Day
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CATHY: "Mom, why do people get Labor Day off?"
MOM: "Well, Cathy. It's the day we honor working Americans."
CATHY: "So, we celebrate people that work?"
MOM: "Yes. Back in the late 1800's, many Americans were working long hours under poor conditions. People protested to have better working conditions and a special holiday was created for workers. In 1894, Labor Day became a national holiday."
CATHY: "So, people have a day off from work?"
MOM: "Yes. Many businesses close and companies let people take a day off. Post offices and banks are closed."
CATHY: "And, schools are closed, too?"
MOM: "Yes. Schools are not open on this day either."
CATHY: "Is it always in September?"
MOM: "Yes. It's always the first Monday in September."
CATHY: "Do we do anything special on this day?"
MOM: "Well, now it's also celebrated as the end of summer."
CATHY: "Is that why we always have a picnic and get together with family and friends?"
MOM: "Yes. Some places even have fireworks and parades."
CATHY: "I'm glad there is a day to honor hard-working people."
MOM: "Yes, Cathy. One day you will also be a hard-working American."
1. What is Labor Day?
A day to remember people who died serving in the United States military
A day to remember the United States presidents
The day our country's founders declared independence from the rulers of Great Britain
A day to honor the working people of America
2. What month is Labor Day in?
3. What happens on Labor Day?
People get his day off from work and school
People have to work extra hours
There is more homework given to students
Nothing. It's not a special day
4. What is Labor Day also celebrated for these days?
End of summer
Back to school
Grand opening of a new business
1. A day to honor the working people of America
3. People get his day off from work and school
4. End of summer
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