Learn English with Wednesday

#15. Birthday

Published: 9.20.2023
Level 5   |   Time: 3:20
Accent: American

Wednesday is excited about celebrating her birthday with her friends.


triangle Directions 목표 Direcciones Instruções


    It is important to read the vocabulary and background before you watch the video. This will improve your ability to understand the video. It will also help you understand how the new vocabulary is used naturally.

  2. WATCH the VIDEO

    The first time you watch the video, just try to understand the overall situation.


    First, try to answer all the questions from memory. Then rewatch the video and try to answer the questions that you missed.

  4. WATCH and READ the SCRIPT

    Watch the video again while you read the script. Reading and listening at the same time will help you hear each individual word and improve your listening accuracy.


    There are several different activities that focus on listening accuracy, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure.


    Es importante leer el vocabulario y los antecedentes antes de ver el video. Esto mejorará su capacidad para comprender el video. También le ayudará a comprender cómo se usa el nuevo vocabulario de forma natural.

  2. VER el VIDEO

    La primera vez que vea el video, intente comprender la situación general.


    Primero intente responder todas las preguntas de memoria. Luego, vuelva a ver el video e intente responder las preguntas que se perdió.


    Mire el video nuevamente mientras lee el guión. Leer y escuchar al mismo tiempo lo ayudará a escuchar cada palabra individual y mejorará su precisión auditiva.


    Hay una serie de actividades diferentes que se centran en la precisión auditiva, la pronunciación, el vocabulario, la gramática y la estructura de las oraciones.

  1. 어휘와 배경 읽기

    비디오를 보기 전에 어휘와 배경을 읽는 것이 중요합니다. 이렇게 하면 비디오를 이해하는 능력이 향상됩니다. 또한 새로운 어휘가 어떻게 자연스럽게 사용되는지 이해하는데 도움이됩니다.

  2. 비디오 보기

    비디오를 처음 볼 때 전체 상황을 이해하려고 노력하세요.

  3. 문제에 답하기

    먼저 모든 질문에 답을 해보세요. 그런 다음 비디오를 다시보고 놓친 질문에 답해보세요.

  4. 비디오 보면서 대본 읽기

    대본을 읽는 동안 비디오를 다시 보세요. 읽기와 듣기를 동시에 하면 각각의 단어를 듣고, 듣기 정확도를 향상시킬 수 있습니다.

  5. 액티비티 하기

    듣기 정확도, 발음, 어휘, 문법 및 문장 구조에 초점을 맞춘 다양한 액티비티가 있습니다.


    É importante ler o vocabulário e o histórico antes de assistir ao vídeo. Isso melhorará sua capacidade de entender o vídeo. Também ajudará você a entender como o novo vocabulário é usado naturalmente.


    Na primeira vez que assistir ao vídeo, tente entender a situação geral.


    Primeiro, tente responder todas as perguntas de memória. Em seguida, assista novamente ao vídeo e tente responder às perguntas que você errou.


    Assista ao vídeo novamente enquanto lê o roteiro. Ler e ouvir ao mesmo tempo ajudará você a ouvir cada palavra individualmente e a melhorar sua precisão auditiva.


    Existem várias atividades diferentes que se concentram na precisão auditiva, pronúncia, vocabulário, gramática e estrutura da frase.

triangle Vocabulary 어휘 Vocabulário Vocabulario

  • ☐ ☐ ☐ be against (s/t) [exp] - think that something is bad or wrong
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ death’s cold embrace [exp] - the cold hug of death
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ trivial [adj] - not important, insignificant
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ come along [phv] - accompany, join, come with
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ limbs [n] - arms and legs
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ be behind (s/t) [exp] - be the person who planned something
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ under the penalty of death [exp] - If you do something, you will be punished with death.
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ my little touch [exp] - the small thing that I added
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ (give) the cold shoulder [exp] - ignore someone
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ vilify [v] - criticize, blame
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ kudos [n] - praise or credit for an achievement
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ pull one over on you [exp] - trick, fool, or deceive you
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ subterfuge [n] - deception or trickery
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ sour [adj] - not sweet
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ misery-filled [adj] - full of sadness
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ ever-doting [adj] - always loving or taking care of
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ gross [adj] - disgusting
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ taxidermy [n] - preparing and stuffing dead animals for exhibition [image] vocab taxidermy
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a squirrel [n] - a small rodent with a big tail [image] vocab squirrel
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a snood [n] - similar to a scarf [image] vocab snood
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ your signature colors [exp] - the colors that you always wear
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a funeral [n] - a ceremony to honor someone who has died

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Background 배경 O fundo Antecedentes

Wednesday Enid Thing
Wednesday Enid Thing
  • Wednesday Addams is a student at Nevermore Academy.
  • Enid is Wednesday's roommate.
  • Thing is a hand, just a hand. He is part of Wednesday's family.

  • For more background, watch the previous video:   #14. Uncle Fester

triangle Questions 문제 Questões Preguntas

  1. Wednesday used to like birthdays.

  2. Wednesday's parents threw many memorable birthday parties for Wednesday.

  3. Wednesday now thinks that birthdays are trivial.

  4. Wednesday asked Enid to come with her.

  5. Wednesday asked Thing not to throw her a birthday party.

  6. Thing planned the birthday party.

  7. Enid successfully hid the party from Wednesday.

  8. Wednesday is turning 17 years old.

  9. Wednesday's parents forgot her birthday.

  10. Wednesday doesn't know what a snood is.

  11. Wednesday promises to wear her snood to class.

triangle The Details 세부 사항 Os detalhes Los detalles

Directions: Test your ability to remember all of the details from the video.

Instrucciones: Compruebe su capacidad para recordar todos los detalles del video.

Instrucciones: Verifique sua capacidade de lembrar todos os detalhes do vídeo.

지시 사항 : 비디오의 모든 세부 사항을 기억하고 있는지 테스트해보세요.

  1. What comes out of Wednesday's party piñata?


  2. What three perfect things did Wednesday's parents plan for her birthday?

    The perfect surprise, the perfect cake, the perfect party games

  3. Who does Wednesday blame for the party?


  4. Who actually planned the party?


  5. What gift did Wednesday's parents give her?

    A taxidermy kit

  6. According to Enid, what is the best part of Enid's gift?

    Enid also has one.

  7. On what occasion does Wednesday want to wear her snood?

    At a funeral

  8. What detail did Enid add to the cake?

    A pink balloon

  9. Who designed the cake?


  10. What type of squirrels does Wednesday prefer?

    Live squirrels

  11. What does Enid want (to receive from Wednesday) for being able to fool (trick) her?

    Kudos (credit or praise)

  12. What very violent toy do we see in Wednesday's birthday memory (other than a piñata)?

    A guillotine

triangle Sentence Building (Summary) 문장 만들기 Construção de sentença Construcción de oraciones [ ? ]


This activity is designed to improve sentence accuracy and complexity. Most students can produce the key content words in a sentence. However, they have difficulty with accuracy because the functional words are difficult or can seem unimportant. This activity will help learners eliminate problems with these functional words by giving them immediate feedback on the mistakes they are making. It will also help students develop their use of more natural, varied and complex sentence structures.

TIP: Say the sentence out loud. Notice the types of mistake you make often. Focus on those types of errors. (singular/plural, subject-verb agreement, article use, prepositions, gerunds and infinitives, noun clauses, adjective clauses, word order, and word forms.)


Esta actividad está diseñada para mejorar la precisión y complejidad de las oraciones. La mayoría de los estudiantes pueden producir las palabras clave del contenido en una oración. Sin embargo, tienen dificultades con la precisión porque las palabras funcionales son difíciles o pueden parecer poco importantes. Esta actividad ayudará a los alumnos a eliminar problemas con estas palabras funcionales al brindarles retroalimentación inmediata sobre los errores que están cometiendo. También ayudará a los estudiantes a desarrollar su uso de estructuras de oraciones más naturales, variadas y complejas.

CONSEJO: Diga la oración en voz alta. Observe los tipos de errores que comete con frecuencia. Concéntrese en ese tipo de errores. (singular / plural, concordancia entre sujeto y verbo, uso del artículo, preposiciones, gerundios e infinitivos, cláusulas sustantivas, cláusulas adjetivas, orden de las palabras y formas de las palabras).


이 액티비티는 문장의 정확성과 복잡성을 개선하기 위해 고안되었습니다. 대부분의 학생들은 문장에서 핵심 내용 단어를 생성 할 수 있습니다. 그러나 기능적 단어가 어렵거나 중요하지 않은 것처럼 보일 수 있기 때문에 정확성에 어려움이 있습니다. 이 액티비티는 학습자가 실수에 대한 즉각적인 피드백을 제공함으로써 이러한 기능적 단어의 문제를 제거하는 데 도움이 됩니다. 또한 학생들이 보다 자연스럽고 다양하며 복잡한 문장 구조를 사용하는 데 도움이 됩니다.

팁 : 문장을 크게 말하세요. 자주 저지르는 실수 유형과, 이러한 유형의 오류에 집중하세요. (단수 / 복수, 주어-동사 일치, 관사 사용, 전치사, 동명사 및 부정사, 명사절, 형용사절, 어순 및 단어 형태)


Esta atividade foi desenvolvida para melhorar a precisão e a complexidade das frases. A maioria dos alunos pode produzir as palavras-chave do conteúdo em uma frase. No entanto, eles têm dificuldade com precisão porque as palavras funcionais são difíceis ou podem parecer sem importância. Esta atividade ajudará os alunos a eliminar problemas com essas palavras funcionais, dando-lhes feedback imediato sobre os erros que estão cometendo. Também ajudará os alunos a desenvolver o uso de estruturas de sentenças mais naturais, variadas e complexas.

DICA: Diga a frase em voz alta. Observe os tipos de erro que você comete com frequência. Concentre-se nesses tipos de erros. (singular/plural, concordância sujeito-verbo, uso de artigos, preposições, gerúndios e infinitivos, cláusulas substantivas, cláusulas adjetivas, ordem das palavras e formas das palavras.)

Directions: Write sentences about the video clip using the words given. You can change the word form or add words, but you cannot change the word order. Use a present time frame (tense).

Instrucciones: Escriba oraciones sobre el videoclip usando las palabras dadas. Puede cambiar la forma de la palabra o agregar palabras, pero no puede cambiar el orden de las palabras. Usa el tiempo presente.

Instrucciones: Escribe oraciones sobre el videoclip usando las palabras dadas. Puede cambiar la forma de las palabras o agregar palabras, pero no puede cambiar el orden de las palabras. Usa tiempo presente.

지시 : 주어진 단어를 사용하여 비디오 클립에 대한 문장을 씁니다. 어형을 변경하거나 단어를 추가할 수 있지만 어순은 변경할 수 없습니다. 현재 시제를 사용합니다.

Sentence 1

Wednesday / not / always / against / birthday

Wednesday hasn’t always been against birthdays.

Sentence 2

Wednesday / parent / used / made / sure / all / birthday / memorable

Wednesday's parents used to make sure (that) all (of) her birthdays were memorable.

Sentence 3

Enid / insist / come / crypt / Wednesday

Enid insisted on coming (along) to the crypt with Wednesday.

Sentence 4

Wednesday / classmate / sudden / surprise / her / birthday / cake

Wednesday's classmates suddenly surprise her with a birthday cake.

Sentence 5

although / Wednesday / blame / Thing / party / it / actually / Enid / who / plan / whole / thing

Although Wednesday blames Thing for the party, it was actually Enid who planned the whole thing.

Sentence 6

Enid / want / kudo / pull / one / over / Wednesday

Enid wants (some) kudos for pulling one over on Wednesday.

Sentence 7

Wednesday / parent / give / her / taxidermy / kit / birthday

Wednesday's parents gave her a taxidermy kit for her birthday.

Sentence 8

Enid / make / snood / Wednesday / in / signature / color

Enid made a snood for Wednesday in her signature colors.

Sentence 9

she / also / make / match / snood / self / so / she / Wednesday / can / wear / them / together / class

She also made a matching snood for herself so (that) she and Wednesday can wear them together [to/in] class.

Sentence 10

however / Wednesday / suggest / wait / more / special / occasion / like / funeral

However, Wednesday suggests (that) they wait for a more special occasion like a funeral.
However, Wednesday suggests waiting for a more special occasion like a funeral.

triangle Listen & Repeat 듣고 따라하기 Ouça e repita Escuchar y repetir [ ? ]

Listen & Repeat

This activity has two purposes.

The first purpose is to improve listening accuracy. Learners can often understand the general meaning of a video but still not hear and understand many of the words that are said. This is because native speakers tend to say the functional words unclearly. (eg. don’t know, going to, want to, can’t, must have) This activity is designed to help learners improve their ability to hear these words.

TIP: Learners should listen, and then try to repeat exactly what they hear. Then they should click “Show” and read the sentence. After reading the sentence, learners should listen again and try to hear each word.

The second purpose is to improve pronunciation.

TIP: Learners should listen to and read the sentences at the same time. Then learners should try to copy the pronunciation and intonation of the speaker exactly.

TIP: Exaggerating the intonation and feeling of the speaker is useful. It may feel awkward or funny, but it will help you sound more natural.

Escuchar y Repetir

Esta actividad tiene dos propósitos separados.

El primer propósito es mejorar la precisión auditiva. Los estudiantes a menudo pueden comprender el significado general de un video, pero aún no escuchan ni comprenden muchas de las palabras que se dicen. En particular, los hablantes nativos tienden a decir las palabras funcionales (p. Ej., No sé, voy a, quiero, no puedo, debe haberlo hecho) de manera poco clara. Esta actividad está diseñada para ayudar a los alumnos a mejorar su capacidad para escuchar estas palabras.

CONSEJO: Los alumnos deben escuchar y luego intentar repetir exactamente lo que se dijo. Luego deben hacer clic en "Show" y leer la oración. Después de leer la oración, los alumnos deben volver a escuchar e intentar escuchar cada palabra.

El segundo propósito es mejorar la pronunciación.

CONSEJO: Los alumnos deben escuchar y leer las oraciones al mismo tiempo. Luego, los alumnos deben intentar copiar la pronunciación y la entonación del hablante.

CONSEJO: Es útil exagerar la entonación y el sentimiento del hablante. Puede parecer incómodo o divertido, pero te ayudará a sonar más natural.

듣고 따라하기

이 액티비티에는 두 가지 목적이 있습니다.

첫 번째 목적은 청취 정확도를 높이는 것입니다. 학생들은 종종 비디오의 일반적인 의미를 이해할 수 있지만 여전히 많은 단어를 듣고 이해하지 못합니다. 특히 원어민은 기능적 단어 (예 : 모르겠다, 갈 것, 갖고 싶어, 가질 수 없어야 한다)를 불분명하게 말하는 경향이 있습니다. 이 액티비티는 학습자가 이러한 단어를 듣는 능력을 향상시킬 수 있도록 고안되었습니다.

팁 : 학습자는 듣고 나서 말한 내용을 정확하게 반복해야 합니다. 그들은“Show”를 클릭하고 문장을 읽어야 합니다. 문장을 읽은 후 학습자는 다시 듣고 각 단어를 들어야 합니다.

두 번째 목적은 발음을 향상시키는 것입니다.

팁 : 학습자는 동시에 문장을 듣고 읽어야 합니다. 그런 다음 학습자는 화자의 발음과 억양을 따라 해 보아야 합니다.

팁 : 화자의 억양과 느낌을 과장하는 것이 유용합니다. 어색하거나 재미있게 느껴질 수 있지만 더 자연스럽게 들리는 데 도움이 됩니다.

Ouvir e repetir

Esta atividade tem dois propósitos.

O primeiro objetivo é melhorar a precisão auditiva. Os alunos geralmente podem entender o significado geral de um vídeo, mas ainda não ouvem e entendem muitas das palavras que são ditas. Isso ocorre porque os falantes nativos tendem a dizer as palavras funcionais de forma pouco clara. (por exemplo, não sei, vou, quero, não posso, devo ter) Esta atividade é projetada para ajudar os alunos a melhorar sua capacidade de ouvir essas palavras.

DICA: os alunos devem ouvir e tentar repetir exatamente o que ouviram. Em seguida, deveriam clicar em “Mostrar” e ler a frase. Depois de ler a frase, os alunos devem ouvir novamente e tentar ouvir cada palavra.

O segundo objetivo é melhorar a pronúncia.

DICA: os alunos devem ouvir e ler as frases ao mesmo tempo. Em seguida, os alunos devem tentar copiar exatamente a pronúncia e a entonação do falante.

DICA: É útil exagerar na entonação e no sentimento do falante. Pode parecer estranho ou engraçado, mas ajudará você a soar mais natural.

Directions: Play the audio clip and try to repeat what you hear. Click "Show" to see the text.

Instrucciones: Reproduce el clip de audio e intenta repetir lo que escuchas. Haga clic en "Show" para ver el texto.

Instrucciones: Reproduzca el clip de audio e intente repetir lo que escucha. Haga clic en "Mostrar" para ver el texto.

지시 사항 : 오디오 클립을 재생하고 들리는 내용을 반복해 보십시오. 텍스트를 보려면 "Show" 를 클릭하십시오.

Clip 1

I haven’t always been against birthdays.

Clip 2

Each one reminds me I’m a year closer to death’s cold embrace.

Clip 3

Besides, my parents always made sure my birthdays were memorable.

Clip 4

You insisted on coming along. I was fine on my own.

Clip 5

I should have known you were behind this.

Clip 6

What part of “no party under the penalty of death” do you not understand?

Clip 7

I believe everyone deserves to be celebrated on their birthday.

Clip 8

Can I at least get some kudos for pulling one over on you?

Clip 9

May your 16th be as sour and misery-filled as your desire. Your ever-doting mother and father.

Clip 10

They asked Thing to hide it before they left on Parents’ Weekend.

Clip 11

I would’ve preferred live squirrels.

Clip 12

And you want to know what the best part is?

Clip 13

We can wear them together to class.

Clip 14

This is far too unique to wear to something like class.

Clip 15

I suggest we wait for a more special occasion, like a funeral.

triangle Discussion 논의 Questões de discussão Discusión

  1. Enid planned a surprise party and made matching gifts for Wednesday. Why do you think Enid is so kind to Wednesday? Do you think Wednesday shows (or has shown) her graditude in some way?
  2. How do people usually celebrate birthdays in your country? How do you like to celebrate your own birthday?
  3. What was your best (or worst) birthday ever? Why was it so special (or terrible)?
  4. What is your idea of the perfect birthday?
  5. Have you ever thrown a surprise birthday party for someone? Has anyone thrown one for you? What happened?
  6. Are you good at choosing gifts for other people? What is the best gift you have ever given?
  7. Have you ever made a birthday gift for someone? What did you make?
  8. In American culture, 16 is an important birthday (Sweet Sixteen). What are the important birthdays in your country?

triangle Script 대본 Roteiro Texto

Wednesday: I haven’t always been against birthdays. Each one reminds me I’m a year closer to death’s cold embrace. What’s not to like about that?

Wednesday: Besides, my parents always made sure my birthdays were memorable. The perfect surprise. The perfect cake. The perfect party games.

Wednesday: But now parties and presents and games, it… it all feels so trivial.

Wednesday: You insisted on coming along. I was fine on my own.

Wednesday: Enid? Whoever you are, show yourself. Try anything and you’ll lose limbs.

Everyone: ♪ Happy birthday to you ♪

Wednesday: I should have known you were behind this. What part of “no party under the penalty of death” do you not understand?

Xavier: I thought my cake design was pretty inspired.

Enid: The pink balloon was my little touch. Why don’t you make a wish?

Wednesday: Careful, that’s my cold shoulder.

Enid: Don’t blame Thing. The party was my idea. I believe everyone deserves to be celebrated on their birthday.

Wednesday: I prefer to be vilified.

Enid: Can I at least get some kudos for pulling one over on you?

Wednesday: The subterfuge was impressive.

Wednesday: “May your 16th be as sour and misery-filled as your desire. Your ever-doting mother and father.”

Enid: They asked Thing to hide it before they left on Parents’ Weekend. Ew! That’s so gross.

Wednesday: I would’ve preferred live squirrels.

Enid: While we’re still accepting presents. Well, do you like it?

Wednesday: What is it exactly?

Enid: It’s a snood, silly. I made it in your signature colors. And you want to know what the best part is? I have one too! We can wear them together to class.

Wednesday: Oh, Enid, this is far too unique to wear to something like class. I suggest we wait for a more special occasion, like a funeral.

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