Groundhog Day on the 2nd of February
Groundhog Day takes place on the first or the second of February
A1-A2 Ici et ailleurs, modernités et traditions.
Where does it take place?
What can you see?
What can you hear?
What are people wearing?
What’s the name of the famous groundhog?
What can it predict?
Who are the members?
Do you like this tradition?
My toolbox of words:
top hats and a congregation of gentlemen
a suit= un costume
a tuxedo= une queue de pie
a tie=une cravate
a bow =noeud papillon
to wear = porter un vêtement
smart and traditional clothes,
it is freezing cold!
the shadow=l’ombre, many people, a lot of people,
the weather= le temps météorologique
a weather forecast= un bulletin météorologique
the best weather forecast, the dream, dreamers
to see its own shadow =voir la projection de son ombre
funny and pleasant, to announce spring, to announce winter,
a very likeable animal
it is part and parcel of traditions=
one president= notre président
the tree-trunk= le tronc d’arbre
the hole= trou
to be sleeping=
to like folklore, not to like folklore,
to like and enjoy dreams and dreamers
The etymology of the name woodchuck is unrelated to wood or chucking. It stems from an Algonquian (possibly Narragansett) name for the animal, wuchak. The similarity between the words has led to the common tongue-twister:
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck
- if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
A woodchuck would chuck all the wood he could
if a woodchuck could chuck wood!
 In popular culture
- One of Robert Frost‘s best known poems is “A Drumlin Woodchuck,” in which he uses the imagery of a woodchuck dug in to a small ridge as a metaphor for his emotional reticence.
- A woodchuck figures prominently in the movie Groundhog Day.