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"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."

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[ Quiz Script ]

New Year's Day
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Post-Listening Exercises
4. Online Investigations

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
How do you celebrate the new year in your country with family or friends?

HELPFUL TIP: If you plan to make new goals for the coming year, choose things that are possible and realistic. Setting a goal to run 20 marathons in one year is almost impossible for people who have never run before.

2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

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1. Randall used to ___________ with friends to celebrate the new year.
A. play games
B. watch movies
C. watch fireworks

2. Randall and his friends would eat ________ on New Year's Eve.
A. salad
B. fried chicken
C. pizza

3. When Randall's children were little, he used to ___________ on that night.
A. put them to bed early
B. watch TV together
C. stay up late

4. Now, Randall usually ______________ on New Year's Eve.
A. goes for a drive
B. goes to bed early
C. prepares a special dinner

5. According to Randall, New Year's Day isn't a big celebration for him because _________.
A. every new day is a new beginning
B. he doesn't like change
C. he feels like he is gettng older

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Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
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?

4. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Choose a country you want to learn about and study more. Use the Internet to find answers to these questions:

  • What is the name of the country?
  • What unique activities do people do on this day to celebrate the new year?
  • What special clothing do people wear?
  • What special foods do people eat?
  • Do people give or send any special gifts to family and friends? If so, explain them.
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