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Let’s Ring in the New Year!

cp132002-main_full.jpgThe new year is fast approaching (arriving soon). We use the expression to ring in the new year to mean to welcome or to celebrate the new year. We usually use this expression like this:
– “We’re ringing in the new year with a party at our house.”
– “Let’s ring in the new year with a bottle of champagne (a type of wine with bubbles)!”

Traditionally, people go to parties on new year’s eve (December 31st) to be with friends and other people to ring in the new year. They go to parties at people’s houses or go to one of the many restaurants and bars that have special new year celebrations. Many people dress up, especially women, wearing formal party and evening dresses. When 12:00 a.m. approaches, there is a countdown (10…9…8…7…etc.) to midnight. When the clock strikes 12:00, people drink champagne and kiss their spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, or date, or maybe even a stranger (someone they don’t know). And the party continues…

How will you ring in the new year?

To all of our listeners, happy new year to you, and we hope that you’ll have a fantastic 2009!

~ Lucy

22 Responses to “Let’s Ring in the New Year!”

  1. Bakhtyar Says:

    I hope for you joy and happiness,and love be enshrined in 2009 for all of you,

  2. Bakhtyar Says:

    I hope joy love and happiness, be enshrined in 2009 , i gonna ringe in the new year with kissing my both kids

  3. Serge (from France) Says:

    Watch out, the count down will have to count down to -1 for 2009 to start… in fact, 2009 will really start at 23h59m61s – I’ve read that it is to synchronize the “Universal Time” calculated in 1820, and the real rotating of the earth – but nevertheles, Happy New Year to all!

  4. Richard Says:

    Happy New Year to all of you guys! I wish you all a fantastic year. I’m from Phillipines and we normally ring in the new year with lots of firecrackers. It has become a tradition here which I think we got from Chinese. We also got the countdown same with what you have in the United States.

  5. Prinkle | India Says:

    Hi Lucy,

    I also wish you a very Happy New Year 2009.

    You have given your listners great English lessons.

    I also wish a Happy New year to our entertaining host Dr. Jeff.

    Thanks Lucy, thanks Dr. and thanks Eslpod

    Greetings

    Prinkle

  6. Elisângelo/ the brazilian guy Says:

    Hello Lucy!!!

    I hope you and the entire ESL Team have a great eve new year’s day, that the divine grace comes up into your lifes and that the happiness burstes over your families.
    Well, I might invite some friends over for a dinner in my own home; we had a such a great christmas` day and now, we want to give back that so great reception.

    To all of you, my sincerely God blesses you and,

    that all of us have so great year 2009.

    my best regards!!!

  7. Kaz Says:

    I was close (I hope I will not) ring in the new year in clinic. Fortunately, today I show myself to the surgeon dentists and they have started doing their work (incidentally, the Christmas element appeared, as that doctor’s office was named The Babe Jesus Clinic Hospital – Injury Healing Center). On December the 31 I do continue healing, because my left cheek is the half of a ball like. But, of course, the first what I did after getting home, was opening the ESLPod.com, because no tooth can’t stop me listen to you. And I am going to ring in the new year with you!
    Dear Lucy, Jeff and ESL All Team! Happy New Year! When more people do things like you do, we create Peace on Earth. As ESL blog indicates all people need the same – life, love and happiness.
    Yours,
    Kaz

  8. Tatiana Says:

    Dr. Jeff, Lucy and ESL Team!
    I wish all of you a Happy New Year with sweet surprises , love and happiness!!!
    You are doing a great job! Thanks a lot!
    Tatiana.

  9. JeanLone Says:

    happy new year everybody !!!
    i love you all !!
    Jean from Brazil !!!

  10. elcomandant Says:

    My family and me, are ringing in the New Year at home. We’ll be seven people to dinner, my wife, my two children, my mother, my mother-on-law, girlfriend of my younger son and me. As always, at 00:00 we’ll kiss each other, drink some glasses of Cava (Champaigne made in Spain) and some ‘turrón’ (I think that in America it says nougat) made also in Spain. About 00:30 I’ll give the elderly (my mother and my mother in law) a lift to their homes, my children will go out to the party and then, my wife and me will have all the night for us. It can seem boring, but for my wife an me is fine.

    I wish everyone a good ring in the New Year and you’ll have a full New Year.

    Be Happy.

  11. emiliano Says:

    Here we use to have 12 grapes to eat meanwhile the bells are ringing the twelve hours of night, and there are millions of people watching tv. or standing outside looking
    to the central clock holding the grapes to start eating them simultaneously to the twelve rings of the clock.
    Just in Madrid the place we go to say goodby to the year eating the grapes is “La Puerta del Sol” where thousands of persons stand along hours singing, drinking, and at
    the end eating the grapes.
    I have to say that never I have been there “The Sun Door of Madrid” despite all my life I have been living in this city but may be I am not a traditional person to do such a kind of things.

    I wish you dear Lucy and Jeff all the best to this new year, and that you and all our ESL friends may see days of hope and happiness.

  12. Gimpel Simon Says:

    Hi ESL Team!
    Happy New Year! You gays are doing a great job! Thank you!
    I wish you all a very successful New 2009 Year, love and happiness!
    Respectfully,
    Simon

  13. emiliano Says:

    Cuca just told me that the most funny thing is when someone can´t swallow each grape one by one simultaneously with each ring of the clock and at the end half of
    the grapes are inside the mouth, that’s not good luck, as to have it is necessary to swallow all the grapes when the ring has finished.
    Some years ago I have all the family, my three daughters, Cuca’s mother, and her just all prepared with the plate of grapes to start the competitions when the boll
    falls and the rings sound.
    As they did swallow the grapes someone always laughed and all was a desaster at the end. For me no problem as I was sipping cava instead of grapes, each ring a sip and
    watching what was going on with the grapes and the girls, Cuca and her mother.
    After so much fuss we kissed each other and wished a very happy new year. Happy time that now is over but it remains on my mind.

  14. Leila Aghli Moghadam Says:

    2009 is at the door……..
    Remember life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile!

  15. RAUL Says:

    I’m going to ring in the new year with my friends. I wish a happy New Year to all the staff at eslpod.com and especially to Dr jeff and Dr Lucy for this worderful job they’ve been doing. Also happy New Year to all the listeners and members of eslpod.

  16. Tatsuya Says:

    A Happy New Year!
    May your life be happy.
    I wish hapiness to all of you

    From Tatsuya with Love.

  17. Ghasem Says:

    Dear ESL Podcast guys,
    Happy new year to all of you. I wish you a new year full of happiness and prosperity.
    Bests,
    Ghasem (Iran)

  18. hoatien (from vietnam) Says:

    hi Lucy & Jeff
    happy new year !!!
    thanks for all things you do
    i yearn for seeing yours images

  19. Jose Maria, San Sebastian Says:

    We were “only” 30 persons of my Family ringing in the New Year, at home.
    And our wish war that LOVE will be our King in 2009.
    Happy New Year every body: Lucy, Jeff, ESL Team, etc., etc.

  20. Hamid Naveed Says:

    Today is another year,
    Another smile,
    Another tear,
    Another winter,
    Another summer too,
    But there NEVER will be another Dr. Jeff, another Dr. Lucy, and another esl podcast.

    HAVE A LOVELY 2009!

    HAMID NAVEED
    TESOL INSTRUCTOR
    NUML UNIVERSITY
    PESHAWAR PAKISTAN

  21. Haris Khan Says:

    I wish you a happy 2009.

    Haris Khan
    Badaber, Peshawar
    Pakistan

  22. Antonio from Madrid - Spain Says:

    May 2009 bring us solutions to this worldwide economic crisis that’s threatening our standard of living and, of course, more wonderful podcast hosted by Dr. Jeff Mcquillan and written by Dr. Lucy Tse. Happy new year to you all !