Cultural afternoon

FrankyFourFingers

Senior Member
Portuguese
Hi there!
Please take a look at this sentence:
"As we wanted to have a cultural afternoon, we decided to take in a museum".
Does the expression cultural afternoon sound ok here, meaning that we wanted to do something, uh, culturally enriching during the afternoon?
Is there anything more suitable?

Thanks.
 
  • Aardvark01

    Senior Member
    British English (Midlands)
    Hi there!
    Please take a look at this sentence:
    "As we wanted to have a cultural afternoon, we decided to take in a museum".
    Does the expression cultural afternoon sound ok here, meaning that we wanted to do something, uh, culturally enriching during the afternoon?
    Is there anything more suitable?

    Thanks.
    Students learning English at our college in Birmingham, England, are offered extra curricular activities and visits to museums and places of historical interest. This is officially called the cultural enrichment program, although 'enrichment' is not a term used much in common speech.
    However we would speak of 'taking in some culture' in reference to such visits, so your sentence sounds OK as it is.
     

    Dimcl

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    I think that I would use the word "culture" as opposed to "cultural". If you were going to the park to play tennis, baseball and throw a frisbee around, you would say "We're going to have a sports afternoon", not "We're going to have a sporting afternoon".

    If you were going to spend the afternoon studying religion, you would say "We're going to have a religion afternoon", not "We're going to have a religious afternoon".

    Having said this, you might notice how odd it is to describe an "afternoon" in this way. It doesn't sound at all idiomatic.
     
    < Previous | Next >
    Top