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The 12 Days of Christmas

The 12 Days of Christmas is a traditional holiday song. It is also a song that children and adults love to adapt. Changing the lyrics to holiday songs is a fun way to practise English in December! Here is an adaptation for you. Please sing along as you read. If you don’t know the tune, listen to the YouTube video (below) first. 

On the first day of Christmas, EC brought to me
my very own page on EC!

On the second day of Christmas, EC brought to me
2 English Tweets and my very own page on EC!

On the third day of Christmas, EC brought to me
3 Facebook Friends, 2 English Tweets, and my very own page on EC!

On the fourth day of Christmas, EC brought to me
4 English Films, 3 Facebook Friends, 2 English Tweets and my very own page on EC!

On the fifth day of Christmas, EC brought to me
5 Reference Sections, 4 English films, 3 Facebook Friends, 2 English Tweets, and my very own page on EC!

On the sixth day of Christmas, EC brought to me
6 Business Lessons, 5 Reference Sections, 4 English Films, 3 Facebook Friends, 2 English Tweets, and my very own page on EC!

On the seventh day of Christmas, EC brought to me
7 Learner Secrets, 6 Business Lessons, 5 Reference Sections, 4 English Films, 3 Facebook Friends, 2 English Tweets, and my very own page on EC!

On the eighth day of Christmas, EC brought to me
8 Games for Playing, 7 Learner Secrets, 6 Business Lessons, 5 Reference Sections, 4 English Films, 3 Facebook Friends, 2 English Tweets, and my very own page on EC!

On the ninth day of Christmas, EC brought to me
9 Learners Chatting, 8 Games for Playing, 7 Learner Secrets, 6 Business Lessons, 5 Reference Sections, 4 English films, 3 Facebook friends, 2 English Tweets, and my very own page on EC!

On the tenth day of Christmas, EC brought to me
10 Tips for Speaking , 9 Learners Chatting, 8 Games for Playing, 7 Learner Secrets, 6 Business Lessons, 5 Reference Sections, 4 English Films, 3 Facebook Friends, 2 English Tweets, and my very own page on EC!

On the eleventh day of Christmas, EC brought to me
11 Grammar Quizzes, 10 tips for Speaking, 9 Learners Chatting, 8 Games for Playing, 7 Learner Secrets, 6 Business Lessons, 5 Reference Sections, 4 English films, 3 Facebook Friends, 2 English Tweets, and my very own page on EC!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, EC brought to me
12 Jokes in English, 11 Grammar Quizzes, 10 Tips for Speaking, 9 Learners Chatting, 8 Games for Playing, 7 Learner Secrets, 6 Business Lessons, 5 Reference Sections, 4 English Films, 3 Facebook Friends, 2 English Tweets, and my very own page on EC!

Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub | December 2009
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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