Turn the holiday season into an opportunity to learn English [phrasal verb]

Turn the holiday season into an opportunity to learn English [phrasal verb]

In today's talk, Tim reads another part of "Charlie Brown's Christmas" and talks about how you can turn the holiday season into an opportunity to learn English. Don't miss the other episodes!

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Hey, it's Tim Barrett here.  Sorry I didn't continue talking to you last week, but you know how things get _________ at the end of the year. Continuing Charlie Brown's story, Charlie Brown's (First) Christmas , remember Charlie Brown was feeling _______ , so he tells Linus: "I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I'm not happy. I don't feel the way I'm supposed to feel. I just don't understand Christmas I guess. I like _________ presents and sending Christmas cards and _________ trees and all that, but I'm still not happy. I always ____  ____ feeling depressed." Linus: "Charlie Brown, you're the only person I know who could take a wonderful season like Christmas and _____ it _____ a problem.   Of all the Charlie Browns in te world you're the Charlie Browniest." So, poor Charlie Brown. He _____ a season like Christmas, that's ________ to be happy, and _____ it _____ a problem. Let's try not to do that. Let's try to _____ our problems _____ possibilities, or challenges, or blessings, or whatever. Ok? And one more suggestion: Why don't you _____ the holidays _____ an opportunity to learn English? Christmas Carols and Traditions. You'll be able to follow an interesting story and learn lots of new vocabulary and expressions and phrasal verbs that are used during this time of the year, during Christmas. Plus you'll learn ten Christmas Carols with us. So, have a great week! Talk to you later. Bye bye!

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Hey, it's Tim Barrett here.  Sorry I didn't continue talking to you last week, but you know how things get busy at the end of the year. Continuing Charlie Brown's story, Charlie Brown's (First) Christmas , remember Charlie Brown was feeling down, so he tells Linus: "I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I'm not happy. I don't feel the way I'm supposed to feel. I just don't understand Christmas I guess. I like getting presents and sending Christmas cards and decorating trees and all that, but I'm still not happy. I always end up feeling depressed." Linus: "Charlie Brown, you're the only person I know who could take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem.   Of all the Charlie Browns in te world you're the Charlie Browniest." So, poor Charlie Brown. He takes a season like Christmas, that's supposed to be happy, and turns it into a problem. Let's try not to do that. Let's try to turn our problems into possibilities, or challenges, or blessings, or whatever. Ok? And one more suggestion: Why don't you turn the holidays into an opportunity to learn English? Christmas Carols and Traditions. You'll be able to follow an interesting story and learn lots of new vocabulary and expressions and phrasal verbs that are used during this time of the year, during Christmas. Plus you'll learn ten Christmas Carols with us. So, have a great week! Talk to you later. Bye bye!

  • busy = "agitado(s)"
  • feeling down = sentindo-se para baixo, desanimado
  • there must be = deve haver
  • Christmas = natal
  • I'm not feeling the way I'm supposed to feel. = Eu não me sinto como deveria sentir.
  • get presents = receber presentes
  • send Christmas cards = mandar cartões de natal
  • decorate trees = enfeitar árvores
  • and all that = e tudo isso
  • I always end up feeling depressed = Sempre acabo deprimido.
  • season = época (de natal, etc.)
  • turn it into a problem = transformar num problema
  • "Of all the Charlie Browns in te world you're the Charlie Browniest." = "De todos os Charlie Browns no mundo, você é o maior de todos." [literalmente, "...você é o mais 'Charlie Brown" de todos."]
  • poor Charlie Brown = coitado do Charlie Brown
  • it's supposed to be happy = deveria ser feliz
  • He turns it into a problem. = Ele o transforma num problema.
  • you'll be able to... = você vai poder...
Como se diz “turn (something) into (something)" em português? Qual é a tradução de "turn (something) into (something)"? What does "turn (something) into (something)" mean? What is the meaning of "turn (something) into (something)"?

  • turn (something) into (something) [phrasal verb] = transformar (algo) em (algo); fazer (algo) virar (outra coisa)

Other Examples:

Rain in the morning will turn into snow during the afternoon. ~ Cambridge Dictionary

Casual talk can easily turn into harmful gossip.

They turned the vacant lot into a playground for the children.

So how about you?  Do you turn the holidays into a problem, or do you like to turn the holidays into something else? Please tell me about it below. Você transforma as festas em um problema, ou você gosta de transformá-las em outra coisa?

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10 comments “Turn the holiday season into an opportunity to learn English [phrasal verb]”

Hello Tim, I don’t like very much this season, but okay, even so I try to turn this season into good moments for me and my family…

Hi Tim….

Suddenly!!! We achieved end of the year, it passed so quickly….
Well I’m a kind of Charlie Brown because so far I’m not feeling happy at Christmas date….I see people going shopping..expending unnecessary money, there is a social compulsion and after all people are completly blind about the real meaning of Christmas, for me is Christ birth, and I hate seen animals sacrifice in honor of Christ, it souns me as paganism to put it on the table, as turkey and others. This is not the real meaning of the real Christ. The image of Christ that I have on mind don’t ask for such things. I’ m a real Charlie Brown at Christmas

There is a lot of commercialism and all that, that’s true, but we can try to turn it into a time to remember Christ births and share God’s blessings with family and friends. Thank you for writing! May you have a very joyful *Christ-centered* Christmas!

Hi, Tim. 
  I think Christmas’s season  is the best opportunity for family get together. So, we can turn this season into a very good time! 

Agreed, Celso! I love to get together with the family!

Hi ,
I want turn my christmas dinner into celebration party for Jesus

Great idea, Marta! Merry Christmas!

Hi, Tim I didn’t like much the seasons (Christmas and New year) but lately I’ve been learning to enjoy whatever comes up. I can ensure that what I really needed is to heal myself. As the Holy bible quotes ” Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
Sometimes we only see the negative side of things (even us old christian) but when the heart is good, the eyes just see the positive side of things.
God bless you all.

So true, Vagner! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I hope you have a very joyful Christ-centered Christmas!

All of us have a busy year, so Christmas day is a good opportunity, to get togheter with our family and thank God for the year and talk about the good things which happened and turn this season into a good moment for our lives.
After all nobody is perfect, but we can turn our problem into an opportunity to grow and learn more!