Global View - Happy New Year! (C0340)

A::  It’s almost midnight! We are about to start a brand new year!
B:  I know it’s so exciting! A new year is always like a clean slate.
A::  fresh start to accomplish any dreams, objectives and goals.
A:  Do you have a New Year’s resolution?
B:  I was thinking about it, but I’m never able to keep my New Year’s resolution. Last year for example I joined a gym and only went twice.
A:  Yeah I know what you mean. That’s why this year I am keeping things more simple. Maybe like getting together with friends I haven’t seen in a long time, or doing some volunteering work.
B:  That seems reasonable. We should get together and watch the ball drop in Times Square.
A:  Sure, as long as you don’t try to kiss me at midnight!
B:  Well, we can’t break tradition! It’s bad luck!

Key Vocabulary

midnighttwelve AM
brand newcompletely new
accomplishto bring to its goal or conclusion
volunteera person who performs a service willingly and without pay
traditionspecial way of doing things that is accepted by a majority
resolutiona formal document stating the wishes of someone
new year1st January

Supplementary Vocabulary

goalthe result or achievement toward which effort is directed
eveningthe latter part of the day and early part of the night.
promisea declaration that something will or will not be done
fireworkscombustible or explosive device for producing a striking display of light or a loud noise

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