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Video: 10m
Level: Upper intermediate

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speaking about new year cultures in English

Out With the Old, in With the New

Your takeaway at the end of this lesson: enough vocabulary and well-managed ideas to confidently discuss how and why the New Year traditions are different around the world.

Have you ever splashed water, flown lantern, or planted seeds to celebrate the New Year? Speaking about the New Year traditions can remind us of Songkran Water Splashing Festival in Thailand or Yuan Xiao Lantern Festival in China. The beginning of the New Year is celebrated in many other ways in different parts of the world. Some countries and cultures place more significance on a lunar cycle for New Year celebrations, while others honor their own calendars.

Nepal, Ethiopia and Iran are just a few examples of them. Various religions mark the New Year on different days, too, and have their own rituals to welcome an auspicious start in a solemn and thoughtful manner. There are many more worldwide celebrations that you may not have ever heard of, but taking time to learn about just a few more when possible is invaluable to gaining a better understanding of the world.

In this lesson you are going to learn more to speak in English about how and why people observe the New Year traditions differently in the world.

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What You Know

Test Yourself; in the Air
3 questions
Come Up with Your Answers; Good Spirit

What You Need to Learn

Watch and Learn; Nostalgia
New Year- Key Vocabulary- Part1
10 m
New Year- Key Vocabulary- Part2
10 m

What You Learned

Dive in; Cultural Legacy
Review; National Identity
5 questions

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