Topic: Lunar New Year

Warm-up

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: Lunar 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

rice cake A food item made from puffed rice
e.g. Rice cake is my favorite Korean dessert.
firecrackers a small paper cylinder that is filled with an explosive and that produces a loud noise when it explodes
e.g. boys setting off firecrackers
dumpling a piece of food that is wrapped in dough and cooked
e.g. We had vegetarian/pork dumplings as an appetizer.
red envelope Red envelopes are often presented at social and family gatherings such as Chinese weddings or on holidays such as Chinese New Year
e.g. A red envelope is stuffed with money.
peptalk 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.
glutenous 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.
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.
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.
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.

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 the Lunar New Year’s Day in your country?
  3. Do you (or your family) have a unique way of celebrating it?
  4. What are you and your family planning to do this year?
  5. Is there a special dish that your family prepare for the special day? How do you prepare them?
  6. Is there any traditional that you practice on the Lunar New Year that’s different from January 1st?
  7. Is family gathering important on the New Year’s day? How did it evolved over time?
  8. What’s your new year’s resolution?
  9. Someone said “He who breaks a resolution is a weakling; 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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