Ежедневные диалоги: Какой костюм выбрать на Хэллоуин? [аудио]

Студенты надевают костюмы, прежде чем отправится в дом с привидениями на кампусе. (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Шесть студентов и студенток из разных стран мира – что у них общего? Все они приехали в американский университет по обмену на один семестр. Они будут изучать английский язык, культуру США, будут специализироваться в своей области.

Эта серия Ежедневных диалогов посвящена жизни студентов в течение семестра в американском вузе. Диалоги рассчитаны на владеющих английским языком на среднем или более высоком уровне.

Студенты готовятся к своему первому Хэллоуину в Америке. Они обсуждают, какой наденут костюм и как будут развлекаться на праздник.

Peter: Halloween is in just a couple of days. Does anybody have a costume?

Akinyi: You want to dress up and go trick-or-treating? Isn’t that only for kids?

Lucía: Halloween isn’t just for kids. There are a lot of events happening on campus.

Ajay: Like what?

Lee: The environmental club is putting together a haunted house.

Jana: Are you going to be part of it?

Lee: Yeah, but I can’t tell you what I’ll be doing. It has to be a surprise. Otherwise, it won’t be as scary. You should all come to the haunted house on Saturday night.

Peter: Yes, we should all dress up and go to the haunted house.

Lucía: I’m in! Also, there’s going to be food and games, like apple bobbing, in the student center that night, so we could go to that too.

Ajay: Okay, I’ll dress up too. What should I be?

Jana: Well, there are six of us. Should we think of a group of six characters and dress up as those characters?

Akinyi: We could be a group of superheroes.

Ajay: Yes! I’ve always wanted to be a superhero.

Peter: Why does that not surprise me?

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 is not a formal holiday, but it is one of the major celebrations in the U.S. It is celebrated on October 31 each year. On Halloween, children dress up in costumes and go trick-or-treating. Adults sometimes dress up as well and attend parties. [Праздник Хэллоуин.]

costume is the clothing worn by someone who is trying to look like a different person or thing. [Здесь: маскарадный наряд.]

To dress up is a phrasal verb. In this context, it means to put on a costume. It can be followed by the word as to state what the costume is. For example, “I dressed up as Cinderella on Halloween.” “She will dress up as a robot.” [Наряжаться кем-л. на праздник.]

Trick-or-treating is a Halloween custom. children knock on people’s doors and say “trick or treat” to ask for candy. [Традиционное выпрашивание сладостей: “Давай угощение, а не то…”]

In colleges and universities in the U.S., there are often clubs. A club is a group of people who meet to participate in activities or events, such as a sport, hobby or other shared interest. [Клубы.]

haunted house is a Halloween attraction. A building or series of rooms is decorated to frighten people as they walk through the house. [Дом с привидениями.]

Apple bobbing (also known as bobbing for apples) is a game played, often by children, on Halloween. A large tub is filled with water. Apples are put in the water, and they float to the surface. Players try to pick up apples using only their teeth. They cannot use their arms. [Традиционная игра “Поймай яблоко зубами”.]

student center (also known as a student union) is a building on a university campus. A student center is a place for students to socialize, etc., and is the community center of the university. [Дом Студента на кампусе.]

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