Tag Archives: New Year

#IOTW: Idioms for new beginnings (2)

In this session, we’ll give you some idioms for new beginnings!

  1. at a crossroads | meaning: at the point where a decision must be made.
    • Example: We are at a crossroads where we must choose to stay or leave this job.
  2. a breath of fresh air | meaning: a refreshing or invigorating change.
    • Example: The new manager is like a breath of fresh air for this company. She keeps making progressive changes.
  3. new blood | meaning: new personnel; new members brought into a group to revive it.
    • Example: The board needs some new blood this year..
  4. to break new ground | meaning: to begin to do something that no one else has done.
    • Example: The Australian doctors are breaking new ground in prostate cancer treatment.
  5. to shake something up | meaning: to cause big changes in a situation or organization.
    • Example: Every new boss likes to shake things up a bit when they take over.

Compiled for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, 6 January, 2016.

#EngTrivia: New year’s trivia

New year’s day is a joyful day where people usually spend the time with their love ones. They watch the fireworks at midnight (new year’s eve), go to theme park and have a picnic with their family, stay at home and watch tv programs, etc. But, have you ever thought about the history of this tradition? In this post, we will share some facts related to ‘new year.’

  1. The first ‘new year’ was celebrated 4,000 years ago by the ancient Babylonians at the beginning of spring.
  2. Julius Caesar created the Julian calendar and established January 1 as the start of the new year.
  3. It is believed that the first people you see on the new year will define your luck during the years. So, make sure to keep your loved ones close and enemies far away on the new year’s eve.
  4. Lighting up fireworks on new year’s eve in some countries is believed to dispell bad spirits and unpleasant memories of the past.
  5. The top three places to celebrate new year’s eve are Las Vegas, Disney World and, of course, New York City.
  6. One of the biggest celebrations is in Sydney, Australia. More than 80,000 fireworks are set off from Sydney Harbour Bridge
  7. Auld Lang Syne, the traditional New Year’s song, is written by Robert Burns in the 1700s. It is Scottish for “old long ago.”

 

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Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4u on Saturday, 2 January 2016

 

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#EngQuote: New year quotes

In this New Year, I’d like to share some inspirational English quotes which will hopefully boost our spirit to face the new year.

  1. “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  2. “New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach.
  3. “Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.” ~ Goran Persson.
  4. “The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” ~ Melody Beattie.
  5. “And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke.
  6. “Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.” ~ Charles Kettering.
  7. “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” ~ Oprah Winfrey.
  8. “Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.'” ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson.
  9. “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.” ~ T.S. Eliot.
  10. “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” ~ Brad Paisley.
  11. “Every New Year people get you some presents but your best present you get never changes: Your own existence! It is also your best present to others!” ~ Mehmet Murat ildan.
  12. “Any new beginning is forged from the shards of the past, not from the abandonment of the past.” ~ Craig D. Lounsbrough.

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on Thursday,  January 1, 2015

 

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#EngKnowledge: New Year’s Resolutions

Good evening, fellas! We’re on the verge of a new year. One thing that people usually do before the New Year is… making resolutions!

Do you make resolutions, fellas? (by the time the session ended, from 107 votes, only 37% said they made NY’s resolutions).

To welcome 2016, tonight we’ll talk about New Year’s resolutions. Please share your resolutions, I’ll RT later.

A CBS News poll in 2013 found that 68 percent of Americans don’t make New Year’s resolutions. People under the age of 30 were more likely than older folks to make resolutions, but only about half of resolution-makers keep their promises.

If you think New Year’s resolutions are just some traditions made by people in 20th century, you are wrong. It is believed that the Babylonians were the first to make New Year’s resolutions around 4,000 years ago. New Year didn’t start on Jan 1st at that time but in mid-March. March was a logical time period for the New Year because spring begins and crops are planted. The ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts.

The practice carried over into Roman times with worshippers offering resolutions of good conduct to the Janus.

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Janus, the god of beginnings and endings.

Today, the only thing that has changed (for some) is that, rather than making promises to gods, we make promises to ourselves.

A professor of psychology at DePaul University in Chicago said that you ought to share your resolutions to others. Because when you keep your resolutions a secret, no one is goig to check up on you. So, tell us your resolutions!

cracking engineering services exam, learning French, Arabic and Spanish languages and achieving good body language etc etc.

graduate, meet the right guy and make parents happy and proud to meeew! hahaha

be better and not wasting time and money anymore:’D

these are my resolutions : being graduated from college, could realize my business plan , helping more people

Source:
http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends-news-general/ancient-history-new-year-s-resolutions-001185
http://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/holidays-other/why-make-new-years-resolutions1.htm

Compiled by @FaridArdian for @EnglishTips4U on Dec, 30, 2015.