Chinese New Year's Song
Published: 2.01.2017
Level 5   |   Time: 3:59
Accent: British
Source: BBC Global News Podcast (1.29.2017)

A BBC News story about a Chinese song that has gone viral for the New Year.


You can download the file [ HERE ].


triangle Directions

  1. REVIEW the vocabulary.
  2. LISTEN to the audio.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary

  • grilling [n] - many many questions
  • job prospects [n] - possible job opportunities
  • parental [adj] - from parents
  • interrogation [n] - many many questions
  • nagging parents [adj+n] - parents who bother their children a lot
  • keeping up with the Jones' [id] - doing as well as your neighbor
  • testing [adj] - difficult
  • partner [n] - boyfriend / girlfriend
  • inflict [v] - cause [harm or pain]
  • gone viral [id] - become very popular on the Internet
  • close to the bone [id] - painfully true
  • laden with [adj] - full of / carrying
  • follow the herd [id] - do the same as everyone else
  • hear hear [id] - I agree

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [id] - idiom

triangle Questions

  1. Which year is it this year?
    the year of the dragon
    the year of the rooster
    the year of the mouse

  2. What is the song about?
    a soccer game
    taking difficult tests
    the horror of parental interrogation

  3. Who is the song written for?
    people aged 15 to 25
    people aged 25 to 35
    people aged 35 to 45

  4. What is one thing that the song tells people to do?
    go home and see their parents
    study hard for their university exams
    lose weight for a blind date

  5. Where is the reporter?

  6. Why is this time of year the scariest for these people?
    It is very cold.
    It is the only time of the year spent with parents.
    People are climbing tall trees.

  7. Where does the man often hide?
    in the bathroom
    in a tall tree
    far away from home

  8. What does the female person complain about?
    questions about having babies
    buying expensive gifts
    moving to a new city

  9. What does the male person complain about?
    being set up on blind dates
    receiving too many gifts
    getting old

  10. Why has the song gone viral?
    The choir sings well.
    It encourages people to take a break.
    It encourages people to live their own life.

  11. When can you hear a review of the week's main news stories on BBC?
    In the morning
    Saturdays and Sundays
    After the New Year

triangle Discuss / Consider

  1. What types of pressure do you face from your family? From friends or co-workers? From society?
  2. Do you think children have any responsbility to live their lives as their parents wish?
  3. How should children deal with family pressure to live in a way they don't want to?

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