B.E.L.L. Tips – New Year’s Traditions

B.E.L.L. Tips – New Year’s Traditions

Issue #51

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Tips and Tricks for Business English Language Learners (B.E.L.L.)

New Year’s Traditions

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Let’s explore some vocabulary associated with celebrating the New Year in America:

  1. Auld Lang Syne – a popular song to be sung after the last stroke of midnight that bids farewell to the last year.
  2. Bubbly – A nickname for champagne and other sparkling alcohol.
  3. Fireworks – Explosions of light in the sky used to celebrate.
  4. Resolution – a promise you make to yourself for self-improvement in the new year.
  5. Tradition – Behaviors passed down within a group of people that hold symbolic meaning.
  6. Toast – People raise their glasses and drink together in honor of a person or event.
  7. Confetti – Small pieces of colored paper that are thrown into the air in celebration.
  8. Celebration – A social and enjoyable activity to mark a special event.


By special request, here is a review of mixed conditionals:

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Reading Practice

People ring in the New Year with a variety of traditions. Some are supposed to bring you luck in the year, others wash away the last year for a new beginning. Read about New Year’s traditions around the world here:


Weekly Challenge

Practice mixed conditionals.

Fill in the blank, using mixed conditionals in the sentences below:

  1. If I _________________(oversleep) this morning, I wouldn’t be late for work.

2. She would have been promoted if she ___________(make) so many mistakes in her presentation.

3. If it ______________(rain) later, I will take an umbrella with me.

4. They would have arrived on time if they___________ (leave) earlier.

5. If you______________ (study) for the test, you won’t pass.

6. He would have passed the exam if he__________ (study) more.

7. If I___________ (know) about the traffic jam, I would have taken a different route.

8. I would go to the party if I_____________ (be) so tired.

9. If he___________ (miss) the bus, he would have been on time for the meeting.

10. She would have bought the dress if it__________ (be) on sale.

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