Topic: New Year

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Warm-up

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: New Year. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

get together gather or assemble socially or to cooperate
e.g. The entire family get together at my grandpa’s place and we have the traditional ceremony to pay respect to our ancestors in the morning of the New Year’s Day.
someone’s place someone’s home
e.g. The entire family get together at my grandpa’s place and we have the traditional ceremony to pay respect to our ancestors in the morning of the New Year’s Day.
pay respect to to honor someone after their death, usually by going to the person’s funeral
e.g. The entire family get together at my grandpa’s place and we have the traditional ceremony to pay respect to our ancestors in the morning of the New Year’s Day.
family-style designating a style of preparation or serving of food in which diners help themselves from plates of food that have been put on the table
e.g. We always share a large meal family-style, with grandma’s signature dumplings. Traditional Korean glutinous rice cake is one of my all-time-favorite holiday dishes.
someone’s signature dish a recipe that identifies an individual chef
e.g. We always share a large meal family-style, with grandma’s signature dumplings. Traditional Korean glutinous rice cake is one of my all-time-favorite holiday dishes.
glutinous rice sticky rice
e.g. We always share a large meal family-style, with grandma’s signature dumplings. Traditional Korean glutinous rice cake is one of my all-time-favorite holiday dishes.
all-time-favorite favorite of all choices, during all times
e.g. We always share a large meal family-style, with grandma’s signature dumplings. Traditional Korean glutinous rice cake is one of my all-time-favorite holiday dishes.
holiday dish special dish prepared for holidays such as turkey and cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving in the US and Yule log for Christmas
e.g. We always share a large meal family-style, with grandma’s signature dumplings. Traditional Korean glutinous rice cake is one of my all-time-favorite holiday dishes.
freshly minted money newly printed money
e.g. Instead of the Chinese red envelopes, Koreans get freshly minted money from their parents and grand parents as well as pep talks to wish a good year.
pep talks a talk intended to make someone feel more courageous or enthusiastic
e.g. Instead of the Chinese red envelopes, Koreans get freshly minted money from their parents and grand parents as well as pep talks to wish a good year.

Conversation

Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. What did you do on New Year’s Day?
  2. How do you normally celebrate New Year’s Day in your country?
  3. Do you (or your family) have a unique way of celebrating it?
  4. What are you looking forward to this year? If you aren’t looking forward to this year, why aren’t you?
  5. What are you and your family planning to do this year?
  6. Did you celebrate New Year’s Eve? What did you do?
  7. Did you have a special meal during the holidays? What did you eat?
  8. Was last year a good year for you? In what way or why not?
  9. What’s your new year’s resolution?
  10. Someone said “He who breaks a resoloution is a wekling; he who makes one is a fool.” What do you think? Happy new year everyone!

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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