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Hi everybody! I’m Alisha from EnglishClass101.com.
Do you know how American people celebrate New Year's Day? In this lesson, you'll learn some important phrases about American New Year's and some valuable cultural tips.
In English, New Year's Day is called
New Year's Day
[slowly] New Year's Day
It's almost universally a day off from work. Closed stores, gas stations, and other businesses are common sights come January 1st in the US. It's preceded by some of the largest celebrations in the nation. So, weary from being up all night enjoying the parties, Americans tend to take it easy on this day.
On New Year's Day, we greet each other by saying Happy New Year.
(slow) Happy New Year
On the other hand, when you meet a group of people on New Year"s day, you can say...
Happy New Year, everyone!
(slow) Happy New Year, everyone!
American people also celebrate the holiday with special events and customs. The most popular one is...
New Year's resolutions
(slow) New Year's resolutions
It's a promise that a person makes to do something new, such as a healthy activity. It could also be to stop or give up a bad habit, and it's often a lifestyle change.
New Year's resolutions are popular in the United States, though oftentimes in a tongue-in-cheek way. Most of the time, people will resolve to give up a bad habit or adopt a healthy new habit over the course of the new year. Popular resolutions include quitting smoking, losing weight, becoming more ambitious with goals, and getting a better job.
On this special day, American people also have a New Year's party.
(slow) New Year party
It's a party, either at home or at a bar, with friends and family. People count down the last seconds of the old year and welcome the new one.
In Times Square in New York, one of the biggest celebrations in the nation is held. This is typically regarded as the "official" New Year party for the entire country, though each time zone "rings" in the New Year with its own celebration.
Let's wrap up this lesson by recapping what you've learned. Listen to the expression and repeat after me.
New Year's Day.
New Year's Day.
Happy New Year.
Happy New Year.
New Year's resolutions.
New Year's resolutions.
New Year party.
New Year party.
Well done! [pause]
You just learned how American people celebrate "New Year's Day" and some important facts about the holiday.
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