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New Year's Eve
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New Year's Eve
新年前夜

How to Use Adjectives

Date: Dec 30 2011

Themes: Holidays, Romance

Grammar: Adjectives

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Valentine’s Day may be the only holiday celebrating love, but New Year’s Eve must at least be in the running for most romantic day of the year.

What makes New Year’s Eve so romantic? There’s the champagne, the sparkling lights, the winter weather that provides the perfect excuse to cuddle. Then there’s the tradition of kissing someone at midnight. Even if you aren’t in a relationship, by the end of the night, you just might be!

The movie New Year’s Eve turns the holiday into a romantic comedy about a bunch of different couples with intertwining love stories. Find out if Devan and Amy have any romantic New Year’s Eve plans this year.

情人节也许是享受爱情的唯一节日,而新年前夜至少应该算是一年中最浪漫的一天。
什么使新年前夜变得如此浪漫?香槟、闪烁的灯光、寒冷的冬天,所有这一切都为相互拥抱创造了极好的条件。之后,还有午夜亲吻某人的传统习惯。即使你没有恋人,但这一夜结束后,你也许就会有了!
《新年前夜》(New Year’s Eve) 这部电影将节日演绎成一部浪漫喜剧,交织着几对情侣的爱情故事。看看德凡和艾米今年是否有什么浪漫的新年前夜计划。

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Amy

Amy

Devan

Devan

Amy:  Did you see those movies Love, Actually and Valentine’s Day?

Devan:  Yeah, those are the ones that had all the intertwining stories of all these different people, right?

Amy:  Right. I guess they’re making another one just like that called New Year’s Eve, that’s sort of the same idea. It’s like one night, and all these different couples, sort of seeing how they get together.

Devan:  So it’s gonna be like a romantic comedy, since New Year’s eve is such a romantic evening.

Amy:  Yeah. I guess it’s a night with a lot of romantic possibilities, considering that you’re supposed to kiss somebody at midnight.

Devan:  Yeah, there’s all that anticipation before the countdown to New Year’s, you know, where you’re looking around the room if you’re single, and you’re like, “Who am I gonna kiss at midnight?”

Amy:  Yeah. So how do you like to celebrate New Year’s Eve?

Devan:  I usually have a really mellow New Year’s Eve. It’s still romantic, usually me and my boyfriend will stay at home and pop a bottle of champagne and watch the ball drop on television, you know. But we try to keep it mellow. I know a lot of people like to go out and go to parties, and get wild and crazy.

Amy:  Right.

Devan:  But I’m all about the intimate, romantic New Year’s, just with my man.

Amy:  Yeah, but then you can’t have the romantic comedy experience of, like, finding your love and, you know, just running into them by coincidence in Times Square or something, and having that first kiss that starts a whole lifetime.

Devan:  Wow, that does sound exciting. Maybe I’ll have to break up with my boyfriend before New Year’s.

 

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Amy tells Devan about the new movie New Year’s Eve. It is a romantic comedy similar to Love Actually and Valentine’s Day. It tells the stories of several different couples’ experiences on a single night.

Devan thinks that New Year’s Eve is a romantic night. Amy agrees that it has a lot of possibility for romance, since one tradition is to kiss somebody at midnight. Some people like to go to big parties on New Year’s Eve, but Devan prefers to have a quiet, romantic night at home with her boyfriend.

How do you celebrate New Year’s Eve? Do you think New Year’s Eve is a romantic holiday?

 

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SantD.

SantD.

Brazil

Well, I just spend the day with my family at home. People show up, bring some food and drinks, then we talk and wait for the fireworks at midnight. It’s a tradition. 


Sorry but I don’t see anything romantic about New Year’s Eve, the day my uncle gets drunk and starts telling silly jokes that no one understands but everybody laughs, not at the jokes of course, but at him Tongue out

12:12 PM Dec 30 2011 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

OLA 33, On new year you like to go to a  Resto and splurge you money right and left OMG,  what a pity , I am too far away..    Cry 

11:59 AM Dec 30 2011 |

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emi0808

emi0808

Philippines

I always stay at home with my family at New year’s eve. we share foods and make a new year’s countdown. we make a lot of noises, loud music and light up fireworks and gather outside the street with our neighbors. I always have so much fun with my family. And what makes my New year’s eve romantic  is when i get a call from someone special :)

11:59 AM Dec 30 2011 |

lazy girl 2011

China

I always stay at home with my family at New Year’s Eve.There is nothing special.But I like that,I can totally be relax with my family .It’s not romantic but warm.

11:38 AM Dec 30 2011 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

For me, the New Year is noisy with lots of streamers, noisemakers, food, TV, friends. But, right, one year, you just want it to be mellow, a sort of a family event—sit in front of TV, drinking champagne and enjoy the  company of your relatives. Another year, you want it to be a little bit different, like you want to paint the town red, going downtown, to one of those party events in the street, then to a restraurant splurging money left and right. Who cares, it’s only once a year, so should be a good one. Both ways, it’s fun, though. Happy New Year!


Laughing

11:06 AM Dec 30 2011 |

Iknay

Iknay

Comoros

For me There are two days of the year that I find particularly challenging, and have had some serious battles with: Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve. We all know and are told how we’re supposed to feel on those two days: madly in love on Valentine’s Day, surrounded by bouquets of flowers, with enough chocolates to keep you with a mouthful of chocolate for a year, or if you’re a single woman, maybe an engagement ring. And married or single, the man you love is supposed to come through on Valentine’s Day and prove that he adores you. Yeah, well, good luck to you!!! Most of the men I know, married or not, either forget the day, or avoid it like the plague. And as one of my men friends says, guys just don’t care about chocolates and flowers. (I won’t tell you what he said they really do care about, you can figure that one out for yourself, but it was neither chocolates, nor flowers, no surprise there). So let’s face it, the chances of Valentine’s Day being fabulous are not fantastic. I got one marriage proposal on Valentine’s Day which resulted in 18 years of marriage and 8 kids, so I figure I used up all my tickets on that one, and Valentine’s Day hasn’t been too impressive ever since. I can live with it.


And then there’s New Year’s Eve, which is another one of those loaded days. You’re supposed to look fabulous, spend it with someone you love, and wind up kissing them at midnight, with a glass of champagne in your hand, while someone plays “Old Lang Syne”. Reality? All the years I was married, I spent it in a flannel nightie with warm socks, didn’t care what we did, and we were sound asleep long before midnight, and I was perfectly happy and with the person I wanted to be with. I didn’t need parties, a kiss at midnight (I could have kisses anytime), or a band. Although I think most people think they are supposed to be having FUN that night, no matter what. And single, it’s a whole other story. You HAVE to be out dancing and kissing at midnight and drinking champagne. Hmmmm……for some, that may not be quite as easy as it sounds. And just like Christmas and Valentine’s Day, I have had a wide variety of experiences on that one: since being single, some very elegant New Year’s Eve dinners in black tie, dancing with good friends. The year my caterer didn’t show up for that event at the last minute, and we went to fast food restaurants to get dinner, and my friends were all dressed up in evening gowns, eating a Big Mac, pizza, and KFC and curly fries. We decided we liked it so much, we did that for several years. And it was fun. Then, I got tired of having a New Year’s Eve date I didn’t care about, or none, and decided to play poker on New Year’s Eve instead (which I love), still in black tie. But no matter what you do, and how you slice it, that midnight hour happens, people start counting….ten…nine…eight….two….and the next thing you know everyone is kissing, and you’re staring at your feet, feeling like a loser and wishing they’d get on with it. Erghk, I hate New Year’s Eve. (And last year I lost $20.00 at poker too, adding insult to injury. AND got a stomach ache from the fast food). I don’t know what the answer is. In recent years I’ve never had the guts to just say to hell with it, and go to bed, and not do anything at all. I was afraid that would be too depressing.  But New Year’s Eve rarely lives up to anyone’s expectations, unless you drink yourself blind or are enjoying a brand new romance. So I’ll be playing poker this year, WITH fast food, NOT in black tie this time, and let’s just hope I win $20.00 this year to make it a success. One fan wrote in and said that the answer is to spend it with good friends, and I think that’s true, but it’s not an easy evening to pull off, particularly if you’re not part of a couple, and all you’re going to get at midnight is a refill from the waiter, another Big Mac, and hopefully a decent poker hand. I just don’t like New Year’s Eve, and every year I promise myself that I’ll do something different next year—I thought of going to Paris this year, or even Vegas with a friend—-or maybe I’ll just go to bed and not try at all. I think making New Year’s Eve fun is challenging for a lot of people. It is not my best night of the year, and too easy to get mournful, thinking it should be different than it is. Maybe we just need to have a sense of humor about it, and not take it so seriously. (And most of those people kissing at midnight probably won’t be speaking to each other by next year. Ha!!! It’s not even a holiday about chocolate, so what good is that?). I don’t think it’s an age thing either, since even young people I know complain that it’s often a disappointing night. Maybe we just need to lower our expectations, and enjoy whatever happens, and do something we enjoy, like poker in my case, and be with friends we like. (I haven’t had the guts to spend it totally alone, although some years I wished I had; I had such a lousy time). I think the answer is to keep it light, and not put so many expectations on it for that one night.


As for New Year’s resolutions, I never make them. I hate breaking promises, and disappointing myself or anyone else. So I don’t promise to give up smoking, gain or lose ten pounds, start a new exercise program, or swear I’ll walk the dog a mile 3 times a day, or stop all of my annoying habits (surely too many to give up!!)—or learn to use the computer properly. Whatever I do all year, I do. Whatever I decide to give up, I will (or won’t). But I refuse to make New Year’s resolutions that I will probably break in 3 weeks, or less.


So have a very happy New Year’s Eve, whatever you decide to do——and just like Christmas, remember that it’s only one night and you can get through it whatever you do, whether you spend it with good friends, or cozily in bed watching TV on your own. Happy New Year, and I hope that the coming year will be the best year ever for you, with lots of good times, good friends, and good health!!!

09:48 AM Dec 30 2011 |

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Iknay

Iknay

Comoros

New Year’s Dayis observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar used in ancient Rome. With most countries using the Gregorian calendar as their main calendar, New Year’s Day is the closest thing to being the world’s only truly global public holiday, often celebrated with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts. January 1 on the Julian calendar currently corresponds to January 14 on the Gregorian calendar, and it is on that date that followers of some of the Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate the New Year.

09:39 AM Dec 30 2011 |

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myky13700

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

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09:18 AM Dec 30 2011 |

myky13700

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

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09:13 AM Dec 30 2011 |

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

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09:12 AM Dec 30 2011 |

CatcheR

CatcheR

Iceland

I just wish to get a better result for my exams :) , new year might sounds romantic for who celebrate with their significant others, but for single it doesn’t sound that awesome though, maybe going out with friends will be a great choice, it’s a must hhhhhhhhh, just to laugh, dance, and listening to heavy metal music, after all everything will be going normal again, Happy new year for EbabIan, may all your plans can be possibly work well, wish you good luck!
Welcome 2012, :D

08:22 AM Dec 30 2011 |

syennychantique

Indonesia

I celebrate New Year Eve with my big family. Usually mom and me would make a cake and foods for us, my sister n sister in law would make jelly. My dad, brotahher and brother in law would clean the houses ( 3 houses, my house, sister’s house, n brother’s house).  When night come, we starting with eating our dinner, then play the fireworks. We would playing fireworks until 23.59 and continued it with pray to thankful to God for 2011 n asking God to bless us in 2012. :)



That this is romantic holiday or not? I think its more like family’s romantic holiday. :)

05:35 AM Dec 30 2011 |

kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

Let the 2012 be “the bestest” for you and your family!

05:15 PM Dec 29 2011 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Kotleysa,  We  are going to  my brother´s house ,he only lives a few blocks away ,that makes things easier for us. Let´s hope for the best  in 2012  .   

05:11 PM Dec 29 2011 |

kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

Yes, Julito, pets suffer so much because of the fireworks. :( How are you going to celebrate the New Year Eve? With your family or maybe  you will be going away to other country?

05:01 PM Dec 29 2011 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Thanks Kotlesya for sharing it. I also like to go out in the street and watch  the lit up and multi-colored  sky  at night. we have on FB a campaing  against fireworks, not only because  the danger   involved   to people and properties ,also how stressful is for our pets the  detonation of fireworks.  Dogs ears are over-sensitive  and are scared to death  when hearing them blew up in the sky.      

04:55 PM Dec 29 2011 |

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kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

Hello, Julito! Actually the fireworks is a problem in Belarus, because people don’t try to use them properly and they don’t go to the special places for the fireworks. There are lots of sad accidents due to fireworks as well. People blow up them on the crowded square or near the block of flats. It can be really very dangerous. I enjoy the beauty of the fireworks. Belarussian people have already started to use them since the day of Christmas and from now on. We can see and hear the sounds of the fireworks that are out of our windows every evening. They help us to feel the New Year in its full sense! They make us happy! But we have to be very careful, indeed.

04:41 PM Dec 29 2011 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Hello kotleysa, thank you for your  wonderful  card.    I would like to know  whether  in Belarus celebrate the new year with fireworks. Here we do, and a lot of people   are burned  or even die because    the reckless use of them.  

11:14 AM Dec 29 2011 |

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kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

We DO celebrate the New Year Eve! It is a romantic and magical holiday! We have a celebratory dinner with our family and friends and we go outside to dance  and to sing around the New Year Tree then. 



HAPPY NEW YEAR from BELARUS to every country around the WORLD!!!!!

06:42 AM Dec 29 2011 |

jolefrancaisSuper Member!

France

NO I DON’T THINK NEW YER’S IS A ROMANTIC HOLIDAY . I THINK IT’S MORE A FAMILY’S PARTY WHERE YOU COULD BE GATHERING AND SHARE A GOOD MOMENT WITH YOUR CLOSE RELATIVE.

06:26 AM Dec 29 2011 |

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