Today we’ll talk about Valentine’s Day gifts. You will also learn some useful English phrases for buying gifts and making restaurant reservations. See the full transcript of the video below.
Hello, this is Natasha Cooper, your Power English Coach. Welcome to Power English Minute! Our topic today is Valentine’s Day, celebrated on February 14th and dedicated to love.
The most traditional way to observe Valentine’s Day is exchanging greeting cards called Valentines. Whether hand-made or store-bought, they usually have images of hearts or Cupid with his arrows on them and the greeting:
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Poets might find it easier to write an ode to one they are fond of. But these days anyone can copy a famous love poem off of the Internet. And, children can always get a smile with the Mother Goose nursery rhyme,
“Roses are red, violets are blue
Sugar is sweet, and so are you!”
We take the opportunity to wish “Happy Valentine’s Day” or simply, “Happy Valentine’s” to anyone we appreciate: parents, teachers, siblings, friends, co-workers or anyone who is special to us.
It’s the busiest day of the year for florists. The colors of roses are significant too.
Pink is gentle love. Yellow means friendship. Only red symbolizes deep love. So pick the colors carefully. You don’t want to send the wrong message to your spouse.
When ordering flowers, here are a few useful phrases for you,
I would like to order a dozen red roses, please.
If you saw an online offer and are calling to find out the details, you may add,
I saw your offer online. Does that price include delivery?
Can you guarantee delivery on Valentine’s Day?
You may want to take someone special out on Valentine’s Day or buy them a nice gift. http://www.powerenglishcoach.com/american-holidays/valentines-day-2If you shop carefully, you can find some good deals and still have enough funds left over for chocolates or a romantic dinner. And we’ll talk about that in the next video.
For more scripts for daily life, work and travel check out “Power English System: What to Say and How to say it”.
This is Natasha Cooper, your Power English Coach.