“Top o' the morning to ya!”
Although that is not a phrase actually used in Ireland, Americans love to say it and embrace all things Irish on St. Patrick's Day, every March 17th. Mythical leprechauns, pots of gold, and the color green are everywhere as everyone becomes a little bit Irish to celebrate the culture of “the Emerald Isle.”
In fact, St. Patrick's Day celebrations as we know them in America only just began around 60 years ago, as Irish immigrants sought to retain their heritage.
What started as small gatherings quickly became parades and festivities all over America and the world! I love that our country is full of customs and celebrations from people groups the world over.
In my latest video, we'll learn some phrases for St. Patrick's Day, practice the sounds in those phrases, and delve into the history of the holiday.
With practice, you may not need the “luck of the Irish” to sound like an American!
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