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Father's Day

Father's Day

Date: Jun 19 2009

Themes: Family, Holidays

Grammar: Simple Future Tense

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In American culture, mothers were traditionally seen as the nurturers in the family, while fathers were considered the breadwinners. But for many 21st century families, these roles are changing. Today, it’s common for fathers to be active and involved in their children’s lives. In some families, it’s even the dad who stays at home with the kids while the mom goes to work and brings home the bacon.

Since 1908 people in the US have been honoring their fathers by celebrating Father’s Day. The exact date of Father’s Day changes each year. This year, it will be held on June 21st.

Dale is the proud papa of a 2-year-old boy. Listen to him and Devan talk about Father’s Day.

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Devan

Devan

Dale

Dale

Devan:  So Father’s Day is coming up, and I know you’re a father, are you excited?

Dale:  I am extremely excited. I think…This would be technically the third year. ‘Cause the first time I celebrated Father’s Day my wife had my son in her tummy. So this is the third time. But he’s getting older, so it feels a lot more exciting that he can understand it, I think.

Devan:  So he understands what Father’s Day is?

Dale:  I don’t think he’ll understand what Father’s Day is, but it makes me feel good that there’s a day for us fathers to be at least recognized. But nowadays the culture of the United States is a little bit different. More fathers are getting involved with their kids so it’s kind of nice to have a little bit more recognition.

Devan:  I think that it’s definitely good to honor fathers. Did you…Barack Obama made a speech on Father’s Day last year just talking about male role models and how they’re very important and how we need more fathers in the home. It was a very moving speech, so…you know, it’s nice to see people like you who are taking care of their children and stepping up to their responsibilities.

 

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The first time Dale celebrated Father’s Day as a dad was when his wife was pregnant. Now his son is two years old and Dale can’t wait for Father’s Day to come around again.

Both Devan and Dale agree that it’s important to honor fathers. Devan mentions a speech that Barack Obama made on Father’s Day last year encouraging fathers to be involved in their kids’ lives. It’s important for children to have both male and female role models.

In your country, what is the father’s role in the family? Is there anything you’d like to say to your dad on Father’s Day?

 

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White heart

Saudi Arabia

I thin mother and father do not need a day to remember them > They are with us and We can love each other all days and present gifts to them daily if we want

08:02 PM Jun 15 2014 |

White heart

Saudi Arabia

I thin mother and father do not need a day to remember them > They are with us and We can love each other all days and present gifts to them daily if we want

08:02 PM Jun 15 2014 |

kimnga

kimnga

Viet Nam

My Dad is alway a good example for me to follow. I love him so much and I always pray God for him to be healthy and live with me forever.

06:50 AM Jun 15 2014 |

Wishion

Wishion

China

my dad also is a great man.

03:35 PM May 09 2011 |

darnessa

darnessa

Poland

I love my dad too . ; ) He's a great man. Smile

04:50 PM Jul 19 2010 |

wan Pengvilay

Thailand

SmileI love mom and dad all my whole heart.

03:30 PM Jul 10 2010 |

kathleen22

Philippines

without my father, i wouldn't be here on earth..it'll be nice if we celebrate father's day each day..thanking them for everything they have done for their families..

02:59 AM Jan 08 2010 |

Dni24

Venezuela

I don't care that, maybe it's important for the father but nowadays that's not important so much.. or i think so.. but whatever I love u dad =)

08:58 PM Oct 07 2009 |

happy 4 ever

Oman

in oman we don't actually celebrate father's day only mother's day. however in isalm there is no particular day to celebrate mother's or father's day. we must give them all their rights and what they deserve. but we took the idea from the west to celebrate on this day. 

 

09:22 AM Jun 26 2009 |

IMOdraude

Brazil

Here in Brazil we celebrate Father's Day in August, always on the second Sunday of the month… many people say that Father's Day is a commercial date, when wives, kids and sons buy some gifts to offer to the dear person called Father. But, if Father's Day is a commercial date or not, we always have to value this person, because he is a great part to growing us up. It's required to remember that in the future we'll become a father or a mother, and this role will be recognized too from our kids!! 

06:02 PM Jun 25 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I love my father! and there is no difference here in Brazil or in any place of the world this meaning :)

12:41 AM Jun 25 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

The meaning of the father's day here in Brazil or in any place of the world is the same…Having a male figure at home is very important for the growth of children…Shame until today,I haven't to developed my paternal instinct :(

12:40 AM Jun 25 2009 |

s id

Saudi Arabia

   i love my father v much  . my father is far from me

   i miss my father v much . i left my fathr`s  house  after married

 . i m missing my father v much

10:42 PM Jun 24 2009 |

Filifour

Filifour

Russian Federation

In Russia, we haven't really a Fathers's day. I think it's great when both parents are involved in their children's lives. It's very important to kids, parents aren't only persons who nurture them but these who should be a role model. I'm not sure if having this special day will change smth. It would just be an occasion to see our parents et spens time with them.

07:55 PM Jun 24 2009 |

ciberd7

ciberd7

Brazil

Here, we celebrate Father´s day in August, but There´s no difference between the meaning of that moving day that we have to honor our fathers. I think Father is a person who has to care about the future of his kids and care about his house and that´s the better role ever in the world for a father.

12:56 PM Jun 24 2009 |

ldjrodger

ldjrodger

China

I love you very much father,you are great!

10:04 AM Jun 23 2009 |

damiahn

damiahn

Mexico

Father´s day in Mexico is not as important as mother´s day because his role is most important

04:45 PM Jun 22 2009 |

Colibri

Colibri

Russian Federation

This Father's Day was spoiled with the weather, it was hard raining/ But it is a good case to spend this day with family and children. 

01:43 PM Jun 22 2009 |

paulomatta

Brazil

Here in Brazil our father's day is pretty good. I have two children and they always give me some gifts in this day. When my father was live, I always gave to him a small gift and send him a love mensage.

01:26 PM Jun 22 2009 |

osamaosman

osamaosman

Sudan

this is my first lesson in this website Smile

07:07 AM Jun 22 2009 |

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