Let’s learn new vocabulary. Listen and repeat these words with your tutor.
|1. auspicious 前兆のよい、さい先のよい|
|The beginning of the year was auspicious for him. He landed a new project, got married, and traveled Europe.|
|2. superstitious 迷信的な、迷信深い|
|My superstitious grandmother always tells me not to lie down after a meal. She says I’m going to turn into a cow!|
|3. ritual 慣例、儀式|
|In today’s modern society, Japan’s tea rituals still take place. People prepare tea in a gentle and focused manner.|
|4. to each one’s own 人それぞれ|
|Don’t worry so much about other people’s opinions, to each one’s own.|
|5. turn over a new leaf 心を入れ替える|
|He is starting his first job tomorrow. He is committed to turn over a new leaf..|
Let’s make sentences using the vocabulary we’ve just learned.
|4. to each one’s own|
|5. turn over a new leaf|
Let’s read the dialogue. I will play Ron and you will play Emma. Then, we’ll switch roles.
Hi, Emma. What’s New Year’s Eve like in the Philippines?
Well, New Year’s Eve here is quite the celebration!
We usually wear red because we believe it’s an auspicious color
and we cook tons of food.
We also prepare twelve fruits for good luck.
We’re very superstitious.
How about in Mexico?
Oh, I see. We usually eat twelve grapes in sixty seconds.
They say that if you successfully eat them before midnight all your twelve wishes will come true and you’ll have good luck throughout the new year.
Oh wow, I would like to try that as well.
Feel free to do it! Just be careful, you might choke.
Yes, thank you.
Oh, you know what, on the news, there was this man who was a skeptic
and said all new year’s rituals are irrational.
He also criticized people who believed 7 is a lucky number and
13 is an unlucky number.
Well, to each one’s own. There’s no harm in trying rituals or believing something as long as we don’t let them consume us.
Exactly. We must also work hard, have faith, and be good to others.
Yes. I think those are important factors that create good luck. I am looking forward to turning over a new leaf this year.
Cheers to that!
Please summarize the conversation using your own words and expressions.
Fill in the blanks and complete the conversation.
|1.||A: I was upset because he did not like the soup I made and he said it was too bland.
B: Well, ___________. I actually like the soup you make.
|2.||A: The company is going to transfer to a new location. The president said it is time to __________.
B: That’s right. I think the new location is much better.
|3.||A: You go to Church every Sunday?
B: Yes, it is a common religious ________ for Christians around the world.
|4.||A: He never goes out on Friday the 13th and always goes the other way when he sees a black cat.
B: I have never met such a _________ person!
|5.||A: His donuts sold out in just a week of its opening!
B: Wow, what an _________ business.
Let’s do a roleplay. Talk with me according to the situation below, using the expressions you just learned.
You and your friend visited a fortune teller. Discuss the fortune teller’s New Year predictions for the both of you. Your tutor will act as your friend.
REVIEW AND FEEDBACK
Now, let us review the things that you learned in this lesson.
(Please give a short feedback on how your student did on your class.)