Today, Amy and Andy shared what Lunar New Year means to them.
Amy: Hey Andy, what’s your plan for a long Lunar New Year Holiday?
Andy: Holiday? Really? I remember we just enjoyed a long holiday a few weeks ago.
Amy: Yes, It was for Christmas. And the coming one is the Lunar New Year Holiday. It will be from the 16th to 25th this month. Moreover, the so-called Spring Festival, which is the most important one in China, is on the 19th Feb.
Today, Mr West and Brian talked about the word holiday. Holiday is a very old English word, coming from Old English which was spoken in England over 1000 years ago. It is the combination of two words holy + day. The word holy was related to religion, and in England it was the Church. Nowadays it applies to any day when we are not at our place of work or study.
This morning Andy and Johnson spoke about two important aspects of English. One is the need to be careful with direct translations. As mentioned before, English has many homonyms—words with the same spelling but a different meaning. For example, play on the roller coaster. We don’t ‘play’ on a rollercoaster, we ride on it.