Stroke of Midnight


After a quick greeting, 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.

  • Where were you last night when last year turned into this year? Is that where you’d wanted to be?
  • How do you usually celebrate New Year’s Eve?
  • What are you thankful for last year? Share your thoughts.


Skip this section if you have 15 minute plan. 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

Expression Definition
New Year’s Eve
(n) December 31 : the last day of the year
e.g. What are you doing for NYE?
midnight (n) the middle of the night : 12 o’clock at night
e.g. Her parents wanted her home before midnight.
toast (v) to drink a toast to (someone)
e.g. Everyone toasted the bride and groom.
look forward to (expression) to expect (something) with pleasure
e.g. They’re looking forward to their vacation.
tradition (n) a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group for a long time
e.g. One of our town’s time-honored traditions is to have an Easter egg hunt the week before Easter.
journal (n) a book in which you write down your personal experiences and thoughts
e.g. I’ve been keeping a journal for several years.
turn over a new leaf (idiom) to start behaving or living in a different and better way
e.g. I decided to turn over a new leaf and stop worrying so much.
countdown (n) the act of counting down the number of seconds that remain before something
e.g. Begin the countdown.
street fair (expression) a fair that celebrates the character of a neighborhood.
e.g. Each neighborhood has its unique street fair.
crowd (n) a large group of people who are together in one place
e.g. The crowd is restless.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“In the New Year, never forget to thank to your past years because they enabled you to reach today! Without the stairs of the past, you cannot arrive at the future!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan


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

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