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English Vocabulary and Pronunciation of Christmas - Santa

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Uploaded on Dec 14, 2009

Learn British English idioms, phrases, expressions, and vocabulary, and improve your British English pronunciation and English accent with an experienced and innovative native British English teacher.
The most recognisable symbol of the English Christmas is Father Christmas. Santa Claus, as he is also known, has a long history that goes back to the Germanic gods. He is a fusion of Christian and pagan figures. They were merged into the figure we know today as recently as 1822. The Santa we recognise was first drawn by Thomas Nast in 1863. Before then he wore a green cloak. Nast added his reindeer a suggestion, perhaps, of Odins horse Sleipnir. This lesson looks at the evolution of Santa into the jolly, bearded fat man children and marketers love today. If you are serious about improving your English, then perfecting your accent should be an important part of the process. Visit my pronunciation website at http://soundsbritish.com where you can download free sample copies of my eBook, An Interactive British English IPA Chart, and the 2000+ question Practice Pack that goes with it. Invest in your future today. If you are serious about improving your English, then perfecting your accent should be an important part of the process. Visit my pronunciation website at http://soundsbritish.com where you can download free sample copies of my eBook, An Interactive British English IPA Chart, and the 2000+ question Practice Pack that goes with it. Invest in your future today.

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