Simplified Speech #063 – Birthdays


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What do birthdays mean to you? Getting one year older? Eating cake and ice cream? Making birthday wishes? In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Jeremy chat about birthday traditions.

Fun facts

There are some funny birthday traditions around the world. For example, in Germany, if you are still single at the time of your 30th birthday, your friends will force you to sweep dirty stairs in a public place while potential soul mates walk by. Meanwhile, in Jamaica, people throw flour on you to celebrate your day of birth.

Expressions included in the study guide

  • Happy belated birthday
  • To have a hunch
  • Birthday boy/girl
  • Make a wish
  • Dream come true
  • It’s on me

Credit: Happy Birthday Mambo by E’s Jammy Jams, Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar
Photo: Lidya Nada (

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