Sunday – Happy or Gloomy?

Sunday – Happy or Gloomy?

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Vasárnap - néhány nyelvi érdekesség ezzel a nappal kapcsolatban.

Sunday (/ˈsʌndeɪ/ or /ˈsʌndi/) is the day of the week following Saturday but before Monday. For most Christians, Sunday is observed as a day of worship and rest, holding it as the Lord's Day and the day of Christ's resurrection. Sunday is a day of rest in most Western countries, part of 'the weekend'. In some Muslim countries and Israel, Sunday is the first work day of the week.

On Sunday

- Many American and British daily newspapers publish a larger edition on Sundays, which often includes colour comic strips, a magazine, and a coupon section.

- Professional golf tournaments traditionally end on Sunday.

- Most NASCAR Sprint Cup and IndyCar events are held on Sundays. Formula One World Championship races are always held on Sundays regardless of time zone/country

About Sunday

- Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th."

- "Gloomy Sunday", also known as the "Hungarian Suicide Song", is a song composed by Hungarianpianist and composer Rezső Seress and published in 1933. It became well-known throughout much of the English-speaking world after the release of a version by Billie Holiday in 1941. There have been several urban legends regarding the song over the years, mostly involving it being allegedly connected with various numbers of suicides, and radio networks reacting by purportedly banning the song. However, most of these claims are unsubstantiated.

Expressions with Sunday

Sunday best

Your Sunday best are your smartest or 'best' clothes. If you were going to a formal party you would wear your Sunday best. Traditionally people would dress in smart clothes on a Sunday when they went to church.

Sunday driver

A Sunday driver is someone who drives very slowly. The description has a negative meaning. We use it to describe a driver who makes other drivers angry because of their slow driving. Sunday drivers go for a drive on Sunday just for something to do. They are not in a hurry and are not going anywhere special:

Palm Sunday

The Sunday before Easter.

Whitsunday

 "White Sunday" is the day of Pentecost.

The Sunday roast 

A traditional British and Irish main meal that is traditionally served on Sunday, consisting of roasted meat, roast potato or mashed potato, with accompaniments such as Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, vegetables and gravy. Other names for this meal are Sunday dinner, Sunday lunch.

Sunday school

Teaching children about the Bible and Christianity on Sunday while their parents are listening to the church service.

Can you match the expressions and the definitions?

1. Sunday school

a. a traditional British and Irish main meal that is traditionally served on Sunday

2. Palm Sunday

b. your smartest or best clothes

3. Sunday best

c. teaching children about the Bible and Christianity on Sunday

4. Whitsunday

d. someone who drives very slowly because not in a hurry

5. Sunday driver

e. the day of Pentecost

6. Sunday roast

f. the Sunday before Easter

Key:

1. c

2. f.

3. b.

4. e.

5. d

6. a.

And in the end read and compare the Hungarian and the English version of the song “Gloomy Sunday”. Which version do you prefer?

"Szomorú Vasárnap száz fehér virággal,

Vártalak, kedvesem, templomi imával,

Álmokat kergető vasárnap délelőtt,

Bánatom hintaja nélküled visszajött.

 

Azóta szomorú mindig a vasárnap,

Könny csak az italom, kenyerem a bánat...

Szomorú vasárnap.

 

Utolsó vasárnap, kedvesem, gyere el;

Pap is lesz, koporsó, ravatal, gyászlepel,

Akkor is virág vár, virág és - koporsó,

Virágos fák alatt utam az utolsó.

 

Nyitva lesz szemem, hogy még egyszer lássalak,

Ne félj a szememtől, holtan is áldalak...

Utolsó vasárnap."

 

"Sunday is gloomy, my hours are slumberless;
Dearest, the shadows I live with are numberless;
Little white flowers will never awaken you,
Not where the black coach of sorrow has taken you;
Angels have no thought of ever returning you;
Would they be angry if I thought of joining you?
Gloomy Sunday.

Gloomy is Sunday; with shadows I spend it all;
My heart and I have decided to end it all;
Soon there'll be candles and prayers that are sad, I know,
Let them not weep, let them know that I'm glad to go.

Death is no dream, for in death I'm caressing you;
With the last breath of my soul I'll be blessing you.
Gloomy Sunday.

Dreaming, I was only dreaming;
I wake and I find you
Asleep in the deep of my heart, dear.

Darling, I hope that my dream never haunted you;
My heart is telling you how much I wanted you.
Gloomy Sunday."

Vocabulary

to observe

ünnepel, megtart

worship

imádat, istentisztelet

Lord’s Day

az Úr napja

resurrection

feltámadás

comic strip

képregény

regardless of

tekintet nélkül valamire

gloomy

szomorú, borús

Gloomy Sunday

Szomorú vasárnap

suicide

öngyilkosság

pianist

zongorista

composer

zeneszerző

release

megjelenés

allegedly

állítólag

 

purportedly

bizonyítottan

to ban

betiltani

claim

állítás

unsubstantiated

meg nem erősített, be nem bizonyított

 

church

templom

to be in a hurry

sietni

Palm Sunday

virágvasárnap

Whitsunday

pünkösd vasárnap

Pentecost

pünkösd

mashed potato

krumplipüré

accompaniment

kísérő

stuffing

töltelék

gravy

mártás, szósz

church service

istentisztelet

slumberless

álmatlan

to awaken

felébreszteni

shadow

árnyék

sorrow

bánat, szomorúság

candle

gyertya

prayer

ima

to weep

sírni

to caress

simogatni

to bless

megáldani, áldani

to haunt

kísérteni

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