VIP Class Notes (Nemo)[S]

Speaking

for Chinese NY I must go back to my home town, because CNY is very important for Chinese. If I don’t go back my parents and my grandparents will be very angry. I never didn’t go back. Usually, we will get together to have dinner on the eve, we will cook some dishes and drink white wine. On the first day we will go to the neighbors to say Happy New Year to them, the neighbors will not give me any presents, they will just give me sugar or fruit to eat but  my grandparents will give me hong bao,  if you’re not married no matter how old you are you will get a HB. And if you’re married then you need to give HB to younger sisters or grandparents and parents.

For Chinese NY I must go back to my home town because CNY is very important to Chinese people. If I don’t go back my parents and my grandparents would be very angry. It never happened that I haven’t been home for the Chinese New Year. Usually, we will get together to have dinner on the new year’s eve, we will cook/prepare some dishes and drink baijiuChinese white wine. On the first day, we will go to the neighbors to wish them a Happy New Year to them, the neighbors will not give me any presents, they will just give me some candies or fruit to eat but my grandparents will give me hong bao- the red envelope. If you’re not married no matter how old you are you will get a HB. And if you’re married then you need to give HB to younger sisters or grandparents and parents.

Vocabulary

spirit (n): a strong alcoholic drink
烈性酒
E.g.: Vodka is a type of spirit.
伏特加是一种烈性酒。
E.g.: Spirits are more expensive than beer, but they get you drunk faster.
烈酒比啤酒要贵,但能很快把人灌醉。

sugar-食糖
candy糖果

custom (n): a way of behaving or a belief that has been established for a long time
风俗,习俗;传统
E.g.: a local/ancient custom
当地的/古老的风俗
E.g.: In my country, it’s the custom (for women) to get married in white.
在我国,女子结婚穿白衣是一种习俗。

downtown (adj): in or to the central part of a city
在市中心(的);朝市中心(的)
E.g.: downtown Los Angeles
洛杉矶市中心
E.g.: a downtown address
市内地址
E.g.: I work downtown, but I live in the suburbs.
我在城里上班,但住在郊区。

apostrophe (n): the symbol ’ used in writing to show when a letter or a number has been left out, as in I’m (= I am) or ’85 (= 1985), or that is used before or after s to show possession, as in Helen’s house or babies’ hands
(表示省略或加在字母s前后表示所有格的)撇号,省字符,省略符号(’)
E.g.: “It’s” with an apostrophe means “it is” or “it has”.

It takes around three and a half hours to get to my home town.

元旦-New year’s Day