English Practice for Chinese New Year

2020 is the year of the RAT in the Chinese Lunar calendar. Since one of the characteristics of “rat years” is the passion for learning, this year you should really focus on anything and everything you have ever wanted to learn!

And since this Lunar year is unusually long, lasting 13 months, you have a whole extra month of learning to do! EXSELLme runs English language programmes in England for adults and children every year, but you can also learn with us from the comfort of your living room! Feel free to use us as a sort of your English Central.

Here is a small preview of the type of activities we do during our sessions. Next time you get to the coffee machine at work, you will be able to impress your colleagues with your knowledge and surprise them with some fun facts. All the while, learning English and improving your level of English with EXSELLme, of course!

1. Numbers – Practice Makes Perfect.

First of all, find the year you were born in and try pronouncing all the years of your Chinese Zodiac sign. Come on – say them out loud – no cheating please! Remember, 1965 is pronounced as ”nineteen-sixty-five”. (Then do the same for your kids’, parents’, friends’ etc years!)
Rat 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008
Ox 1961 1973 1985 1997 2009
Tiger 1962 1974 1986 1998 2010
Rabbit 1963 1975 1987 1999 2011
Dragon 1964 1976 1988 2000 2012
Snake 1965 1977 1989 2001 2013
Horse 1966 1978 1990 2002 2014
Goat 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003
Monkey 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004
Rooster 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005
Dog 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006
Pig 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007

2. Adjectives – Let’s Make It Personal!

Take a look at your Chinese animal again, read out the adjectives describing your personalities and think about which characteristics you agree with and which you don’t. And finally, add at least five more adjectives that you or other people would use to describe you.

Now think about your kids, your parents or your partner – and do the same exercise again describing their personalities this time. You see, learning English can be fun!

Rat Quick-witted resourceful versatile kind
Ox Diligent dependable strong determined
Tiger Brave confident competitive
Rabbit Quiet elegant kind responsible
Dragon Confident intelligent enthusiastic
Snake Enigmatic intelligent wise
Horse Animated active energetic
Goat Calm gentle sympathetic
Monkey Sharp smart curiosity
Rooster Observant hardworking courageous
Dog Lovely honest prudent
Pig Compassionate generou diligent
  • Rat
  • Quick-witted
  • resourceful
  • versatile
  • kind
  • Ox
  • Diligent
  • dependable
  • strong
  • determined
  • Tiger
  • Brave
  • confident
  • competitive
  • Rabbit
  • Quiet
  • elegant
  • kind
  • responsible
  • Dragon
  • Confident
  • intelligent
  • enthusiastic
  • Snake
  • Enigmatic
  • intelligent
  • wise
  • Horse
  • Animated
  • active
  • energetic
  • Goat
  • Calm
  • gentle
  • sympathetic
  • Monkey
  • Sharp
  • smart
  • curiosity
  • Rooster
  • Observant
  • hardworking
  • courageous
  • Dog
  • Lovely
  • honest
  • prudent
  • Pig
  • Compassionate
  • generou
  • diligent

3. Vocab and Grammar – Pick, Use and Remember!

Read the article and pick the suitable word.

Chinese New Year is one of the mostly / most important traditional holidays in China. The day is/are celebrated on the first day of the first month according with/to Chinese/China calendar and is also known/know as Lunar New Year. The day is rooted/roosted in centuries old customs and traditions and is one of the most popular public holiday/holidays in China.

The first day of/for the Chinese New Year is when Chinese people welcome the different gods at/to their homes. There are many superstitions/supersticious on this day. Many people believe/belief that not eating meat will bring them a longest/long life. Others believe it is badly/bad luck to light fires so many people cook the day before. Other bad luck/lucks things to do on New Year’s Day is getting/cutting a haircut, sweeping the floor and buying books/book. The most/mostly important thing to do on this day is to visit you/your family. Children like this day because they get money from their older relatives. People hang/hung red lanterns from their houses and cook all kinds/kind of traditional food. It is also very noisy/loudly as people let off/switch on firecrackers and fireworks in the streets to celebrate. Although recently the fireworks have become banned/ban in many areas of China due to/because to/due of pollution!

4. Discussion Time!

Tick off the topics as you get to discuss them with colleagues, friends and various members of your family.

  • Do you believe in horoscopes? Why? Why not?
  • What would you like your horoscope to say for 2020?
  • Do you think horoscopes could be dangerous?
  • Who writes horoscopes and how qualified do you think they are?
  • Is there any science involved in horoscopes?

5. Writing Practice!

Now sit back, relax, think and put down on paper a brief summary of your thoughts and ideas around the topics of horoscopes and the Chinese New Year. Then send those back to us for marking!

Be inspired.

EXCEL. AND LET EXSELLme BE WITH YOUR EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.

5 Comments

  1. nicolas

    The adjectives exercise is particularly fun if you do it in a group of people. It is interesting to see that the way we see ourselves does not always correspond to the way others would describe us…

    Reply
    • admin

      absolutely agree!

      Reply
  2. SEO Services

    Awesome post! Keep up the great work! 🙂

    Reply
    • admin

      thanks a million – always nice to get positive feedback!

      Reply
  3. admin

    don’t forget to practise using the vocabulary you learn: writing the words, saying them out loud, recording yourself saying them and then listening to the recordings – and above all ENJOY!

    Reply

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