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Conversation Questions

New Year’s Day

  • Are any of the things similar to New Year’s celebrations in your country?
  • What traditional ways of welcoming the New Year do you have in your family or in your region?
  • How old are your New Year traditions? Did your grandparents celebrate in the same way?
  • Are children allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve in your country?
  • Are there any special meals or activities for New Year’s day?
  • What are you and your family planning to do this year?
  • Did you speak English over the holidays? Who with?
  • Did you read anything in English, or see an English film? Which one?
  • Did you celebrate New Year’s Eve? What did you do?
  • Were these holidays ‘typical’ holidays? Did you do anything different? What?
  • Did you see your family this holiday? Who did you see?
  • Did you have a special meal during the holidays? What did you eat?
  • Can you think of two things you were happy about from last year?
  • What are you looking forward to this year? If you aren’t looking forward to this year, why aren’t you?
  • Have you ever made any of these popular New Year’s resolutions?
    • Would you like to do make any of them?
      • Quit smoking?
      • Eat more healthily?
      • Do more exercise?
      • Lose weight?
      • Learn a language?
    • Are you going to take a holiday this year?
      • Where are you going to go?
    • Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution?
      • What was it?
      • Were you successful?
    • If you had another week of holidays, what would you do?
    • What two things would you like to see or do this year?
    • Can you think of funny or serious resolutions for the following people.
      • Barak Obama?
      • The Queen?
      • A famous pop star you like?
    • Was last year a good year for you? In what way or why not?