Traditions

Questions

1. Are there any traditional stories in your culture?
2. Who are some traditional characters in your culture?
3. How do you feel about traditions in general?
4. Are traditions very important in your country?
5. What are some traditional festivals in your country? 
6. What is your favorite tradition from another country?
7. Are there any important traditions in your family?
8. Is traditional medicine popular in your country?

Videos

A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. It’s our birthday! In celebration of a year of mental_floss on YouTube, John looks at some fascinating birthday traditions from around the world.

Keywords: Birthdays | Traditions

In this video, learn all about the traditions and legends that make Lunar New Year one of the most exciting times of the year.

Keywords: China | Traditions
Hank gets all up in your face about kissing — where does it come from, why do it we do it, and do other animals do it? From ancient India to that date you were on last night (which we won’t tell anyone about if you won’t), we

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explore the history of snogging and its role in human evolution.

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Category:  Psychology
Keywords: Kissing | Traditions
Like Romeo & Juliet or Batman & Robin, milk & cookies is a pairing that’s just meant to be. But what makes dunking cookies in milk so satisfying? To find the answer, we turned to science.

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Scientist, chemistry professor and certified dunking expert Matt Hartings breaks down the curious chemical composition that makes milk and cookies a universal favorite. Of course, we didn’t need science to tell us it’s delicious.

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Category:  Food
Keywords: Cookies | Milk | Traditions

Vocabulary:
cove
secluded
float
shore
anchor
lighthouse
greenhouse
handsaw
hammer
power tool
nail
board (noun)
ton
land sick
biomass
canoe
paddle
real estate
prosper
fulfilled

Expressions:
subsistence living
hon

Vocabulary:
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Expressions:
expression
expression
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Vocabulary:
prestigious
involuntary
swindler
fraudulence
unwarranted
concern
unfounded
impostor
syndrome
faculty
pervasive
prevalent
disproportionately
underrepresented
downplay
abnormality
self-esteem
spiral
accolade
threshold
susceptible
voice (verb)
peer
dismiss
excel
ease
mentor
competence
banish
frank

Expressions:
nagging doubt
shake a feeling
put something to rest
surefire way

Vocabulary:
filmmaker
principle
handcuff
clown
distill
underdog
aspect
familiar
unfamiliar
chopsticks
keyboard
organic
grounded
clarity
stuntman
steady
gag
perfectionist
rhythm
distinct
continuity
elbow
bunch
flail around
unlike
invincible
impressive
humanize
asset
payoff
relentlessness
finale

Expressions:
kick ass
going above and beyond
get smacked in the face
sell a joke

Vocabulary:
explosion
smoke (noun)
engine
unique
pilot
route
unemotional
terror
instant
reach out (to someone)
postpone
urgency
purpose
regret
humanity
ego
reflect
eliminate
frame (verb)
artistic
talent
bawl
miracle

Expressions:
bucket list
brace for impact
mend fences
make sense
connecting dots