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Well you guys know that I love bringing different things to you all right? So today’s Bite is gonna be kind of special and I’m pretty sure you’re gonna like it because, besides practicing your listening as usual, you’ll receive an extra PDF file with some exercises toward our topic today in order to help you check your understanding, improve your vocabulary and why not, your speaking. Guys again, that’s a special edition episode and I might bring it again sometime in the future so let me know in case you like it and wanna have another one in like, I don’t know, a month or so….
So, this is how it’s going to work: I’m going to introduce you a text about a specific topic and first of all I just want you to listen to it very carefully. Listen to it once, twice… As many times as you wish. When you find yourself some time, grab the PDF “English Bites Extra Activity” and answer the questions. The answer sheet will be sent next week so you can have plenty time to work on it and not sneak peek. Oh, and when you decide to start doing your exercise, feel free to google for some answers, I mean, get vocabulary, see what a word means and everything else… Go for it and work hard to have the right answer.
Use the discussion part to practice your speaking – out loud, ok? Do it either alone or with your friend, teacher.. But do it alright?
So, our text is called UNCLE SAM
Uncle Sam is a tall, thin man. He´s an older man with white hair and white beard. He often wears a tall hat, a bow tie, and the stars and stripes of the American flag. Who is this strange-looking man? Would you believe that Uncle Sam is the US government? But why do we call the US government Uncle Sam?
During the war of 1812, the US government hired meat packers to provide meat to the army. One of these meat packers was a man named Samuel Wilson. Samuel was a friendly and fair man. Everyone liked him and called him Uncle Sam. Sam Wilson stamped the boxes of meat for the army with a large US – for United States. Some government inspectors came to look over Sam´s company. They asked a worker what the US on the boxes stood for. As a joke, the worker answered that these letters stood for the name of his boss, Uncle Sam.
The joke spread, and soldiers began saying that their food came from Uncle Sam. Before long, people called all things that came from the government “Uncle Sams”. “Uncle Sam” became a nickname for the US government.
Soon there were drawings and cartoons of Uncle Sam in newspapers. In these early pictures, Uncle Sam was a young man. He wore stars and stripes, but his hair was dark and he had no beard. The beard was added when Abraham Lincoln was President. President Lincoln had a beard. The most famous picture of Uncle Sam is on a poster from World War I.
When a military recruiting poster was created in about 1917, the image of Uncle Sam was firmly set into American consciousness. The famous “I Want You” recruiting poster was created by James Montgomery Flagg and four million posters were printed between 1917 and 1918. Indeed, the image was a powerful one: Uncle Sam’s striking features, expressive eyebrows, pointed finger, and direct address to the viewer made this drawing into an American icon.
In September 1961, the U.S. Congress recognized Samuel Wilson as “the progenitor of America’s national symbol of Uncle Sam.” Wilson died at age 88 in 1854, and was buried next to his wife Betsey Mann in the Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, New York, the town that calls itself “The Home of Uncle Sam.”
Was this story new to you? Did you know who Uncle Sam was? Yep, we also learn cultural aspects from the English Bites LOL. Guys, don’t you forget to do the exercise ok? Next week I’ll send you the answer sheet.
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