"turn over a new leaf" = change personal habits
"I've decided to turn over a new leaf; I'm going to exercise three times a week and not play so many video games."
"ring in the new year" = celebrate the new year
"We're going to ring in the new year at my sister's house next week."
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Many years ago when I was much younger, I used to enjoy staying up late with my friends. We would have a party, play games, and eat lots of food.
Randall: Rather, we probably just ate greasy, unhealthy food like pizza, burgers, and drank lots of soda.
Randall: When our kids were little, we sometimes stayed up late with them to celebrate the new year.
Randall: We generally stay home that evening because there are sometimes careless drivers on the road. We sometimes watch a movie or visit with family.
Randall: I find that every day is a new day, and we don't have to wait until the new year to change our lives. Each day gives you a new opportunity to be better.
What things did you do with family and friends to ring in the new year? What special foods did you eat? Do people in your country have any special traditions they do on that day?
Choose a country you want to learn about and study more. Use the Internet to find answers to these questions: