Good Luck & Bad Luck, Superstitions, and Other Strange Beliefs

 

What is a superstition?

Did you know that in some Western Cultures it is bad luck to open an umbrella indoors? It is also bad luck to walk under a ladder.

What are some superstitions in your country? Do you believe them?

 

Vocabulary

 

superstition

ladder

umbrella

broom

fountain

snake (skin)

(finger)nails

spouse

magpie / crow / raven

generation

salt

mirror

to spit

to spill

to pray

witch

eternity

pins

frog

bride / bridegroom

handkerchief

soul mate

to itch

spider

rabbit tail

jade necklace

jumper

underwear

 

Activity 1 – Marriage Superstitions

Log on to this website: http://www.topics-mag.com/internatl/superstitions/page.htm

 

Practice

In Mexico, if someone accidentally sweeps an unmarried woman's shoes with a broom, she will never marry.

In Taiwan, if a woman serves as a bridesmaid more than twice, she will have bad luck.

Pair Work. Let’s learn about some more marriage superstitions from around the world. Click on the “Marriage” link. Now tell your partner about a marriage superstitions from around the world. Then listen while your partner tells you about a marriage superstition.

Activity 2 – Learn About Other Superstitions Around the World. Pair Work. Click on one of the countries and read about the superstitions from that country. Then tell your partner about it.

Activity 3 – Good Luck and Bad Luck..

Log on :

http://members.tripod.com/~do_you_believe/super/superstitions.html

Read the introduction. Use your computer dictionary to help with any words you do not know. Click on the “A-C” link at the bottom of the page.

Practice:

Touching wood before flying on an airplane means good luck.

Having live flowers on board an airplane means bad luck.

Small group work. Your teacher will assign one of the category links for you to look at. Work with a partner or in small groups and discuss the good luck and bad luck superstitions. Which ones are your favorite? Which ones are the strangest? Tell the class about them.

Discussion. Do you believe in superstitions? Where do you think superstitions come from? Can they be helpful, or are they always harmful?

Here are some other websites about superstitions:

http://library.thinkquest.org/5877/interest.htm

Here are two websites with lists of superstitions. Good Luck!

http://www.csicop.org/superstition/library/common_superstitions/

 

http://listverse.com/2007/09/10/20-weird-superstitions/

Article about Japanese Superstitions

http://www.nihonsun.com/2009/01/03/the-unusual-superstitions-of-the-japanese/