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Beautiful December

Now, when the garden awaits the return of spring
Now, when the silence is deep and blue
Now, when the winter has cast her spell again
Beautiful December, Beautiful December

Here, where the snow is as soft as a woolly lamb
Here, where the nightfall is deep and blue,
Here, where the stars are so bright, you reach for them
Beautiful December, Beautiful December

Child, may you sleep in gentle peace tonight
Dream of songs that rise on silken wings!
When you wake, enchanted by the snowspun light
Sing the songs that came to you in dreams,
Your beautiful December dreams
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New Year Traditions

GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands ModeratorPosts: 5,917 mod
Across the globe there are many different things that people choose to do in order to celebrate the new year. Personally, I will be spending time with my family as this is something precious that we don't always get time to do. I know that everybody has different ideas of the perfect way to spend new year, so what is yours?
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  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,452 mod
    new-year
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,785 ✭✭✭✭✭
    As an exercice, @April, I will read it in Arabic. :)
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,452 mod
    edited January 2015
    You know all of those languages except Chinese I think, right @Xanthippe‌ ? :)
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  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,452 mod
    edited January 2015
    Hmm, I think my post at 00.59am was the first post of the forum in 2015. :)
  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭✭
    I think you should get a badge for that
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,644 mod
    edited January 2015
    Happy New Year @April. Happy New Year everyone.

    It has started in a very German way here - Guten Rutsch. It's very icy outside.

  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,785 ✭✭✭✭✭
    It is German-like here too. I mean it is very quiet. I guess this is Katzenjammer. ;)
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,504 mod
    On New Year's Eve I heard fireworks in the far distance @april, but it was fairly quiet nearby, except for the voices of a few revelers.
  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭✭
    What were they revelling against? New year traditions? @mhairedge‌
  • komikomi Posts: 421 ✭✭✭
    Sve najljepše u novoj godini želim.
    ( *best wishes to all ! *)
  • bbjavbbjav Posts: 4
    edited January 2015
    My best wiches to everyone I already made a list of things I want to perform this new year, did you?

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    My best wishes to everyone. I already made a list of things I want to do this new year, did you?
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  • DoraDora Posts: 3,301 ✭✭✭✭
    Le vous présente mes meilleurs vœux pour le nouvel an !

    (I offer you my best wishes for the new year!)
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,785 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Dora Parlez-vous le français, Madame ? Enchantée. :)
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,644 mod
    I usually only make one New Year's resolution @bbjav‌ - This year it was to be more sociable.
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,785 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Lynne, you are affable but I stammer anyway. :)
    Well, I will make a New Year's resolution: not to use English slang like 'bloody hell.'
  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭✭
    @Lynne‌ so you're going to spend less time at your computer I guess
  • DoraDora Posts: 3,301 ✭✭✭✭
    @Xanthippe Oui , je parle français . Parlez-vous aussi le français ? En fait , je apprends le français. :)
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,504 mod
    Why be so hard on yourself @Xanthippe‌? Bloody hell isn't so bad and sometimes expletives like this help let off steam!
  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2015
    I don't think there's anything wrong with expressions like "bloody hell" if you use them appropriately. A native speaker always knows when to use slang and swear words. They give colour and shape to your speech. In some situations it may not be comfortable to chat if you don't go this "low". There are words far more detrimental to the way people sound, such as overusing - using incorrectly rather - the word "like". It's one of the things I hate the most about many native speakers, and even more when learners start to imitate it!

    Besides, "bloody hell" is used mostly by Brits, so I would sound nearly posh compared to many american expressions.
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,150 mod
    edited January 2015
    I ones wrote (and edited) this one @april‌:
    International wishes for Christmas and New Year
    You can search for your own language in this list.

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    I once wrote (and edited) this article @april‌:
    International wishes for Christmas and New Year
    You can search for your own language in this list.
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  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,150 mod
    @komi Zao mi je da sam zaboravio tebe kad sam želio najbolje Nova Godina a svima ovdje. Na svaki slucaja: Happy New Year za tebe također.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,504 mod
    I totally agree with you @SLB. The word that drive me nuts is 'whatever.' It's as bad if not worse than 'like.'
  • komikomi Posts: 421 ✭✭✭
    Thank you for wishes @lichaamstaal‌ .
    What you wrote can be understood in: Montenegro, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Slovenia, fyr Macedonia.
    Marry Kerstfeest en een gelukkig nieuwjaar ook voor u.
    :)
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,150 mod
    And I can understand that @komi. I learned Croatian language for three years at the naravno sveučilišta here in Rotterdam city.
  • komikomi Posts: 421 ✭✭✭
    edited January 2015
    Was it difficult to comprehend? For me is very tricky to try to clear some of ours phrases.
    If You need some help with our language - sa zadovoljstvom ću pomoći-.
  • aryarchiaryarchi Posts: 864 ✭✭✭
    edited January 2015
    Sorry for delay,ive just registered here!
    unfortunately i have many different resolutions in different contexts
    I can tell you 3 of them
    one is to become a professional soccer player
    second is continuation my studying in M.A. course
    and third is to be dominated in using English as a second language

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    Sorry for delay. I just registered here!

    Unfortunately I have many different resolutions in different contexts.

    I can tell you 3 of them

    One is to become a professional soccer player.
    The second is to continue studying on my M.A. course.
    And the third is to predominantly use my English.
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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,785 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @SLB That's right, 'bloody hell' is British. Inspector Finch:

  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,504 mod
    I have to be careful not to smile when my mother occasionally uses 'bloody hell.' In a broad French accent it doesn't sound nearly so bad.
  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge‌ can you give us an example of a misuse of the word "whatever"?
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