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Teaching Spanish: Vocabulary Practice For New Year's Eve

written by: Curt Smothers • edited by: Rebecca Scudder • updated: 12/19/2013

Teaching specialized vocabulary in Spanish is a good way to add variety to the lesson plan. This article provides a specialized Spanish vocabulary word and New Year's resolution list. It also includes a downloadable New Year's resolution matching quiz.

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    New Year's Terms - Celebration


    Celebrate the New Year in Spanish! Learn some vocabulary to help you ring in the new year.

    • Celebrate the New Year -- Celebrar el año nuevo
    • College football -- El futbol universitario
    • Fireworks -- Los fuegos artificiales
    • Happy New Year! -- ¡Feliz año nuevo!
    • Have a prosperous New Year! -- ¡Prospero año nuevo!
    • January 1st -- El primero de enero
    • Midnight -- La medianoche
    • New Year -- Nuevo año
    • New Year's Eve -- La nochevieja
    • New Year's gift -- El aguinaldo
    • New Year's Party -- La fiesta de año nuevo
    • New Year's resolution -- La resolución de año nuevo
    • Rose Bowl Parade -- El desfile del Torneo de las Rosas
    • Toast the New Year with champagne -- Brindar el año nuevo con champán

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    Making Resolutions


    • Appreciate my good health -- Apreciar mi buena salud.
    • Be kind to everyone -- Ser amable a todos
    • Be more organized. -- Ser más estructado
    • Drink Less Alcohol -- Disminuir el consumo de alcohol
    • Eat Right -- Practicar una buena alimentación
    • Get a Better Education -- Obtener una mejor educación
    • Get a Better Job -- Encontrar un mejor trabajo
    • Get Fit -- Hacer ejercicios
    • Lose Weight -- Bajar de peso
    • Love and respect my parents -- Amar y respetar a mis padres.
    • Quit Smoking -- Dejar de fumar
    • Reduce Stress At Work -- Reducir el estrés en el trabajo
    • Save Money -- Ahorrar dinero
    • Study More -- Estudiar más
    • Take a Trip -- Viajar
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    Suggested Classroom Activities

    A New Year's Resolution Translation Assignment

    See the Spanish-language web articles below that can be assigned in sections for translation to English. One student could be assigned to read a portion in Spanish, followed by another student who can translate the section to English:

    Meditaciones -- "Resoluciones de Año Nuevo"

    Resoluciones para Año Nuevo (A Prayer)

    A Matching Quiz

    Consider adding a "New Year's Resolution" Matching quiz to a regularly scheduled quiz. (See the suggested matching quiz below.)

    New Years Resolutions Matching Quiz 

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    Download the Spanish New Year's Terms & Matching Quiz Here. (Click the link to download.)


  • Curt works as a Spanish Tutor.

Spanish Vocabulary for U.S. Holidays

Students can build vocabulary through specialized Spanish vocabulary lists. This series lists Spanish Vocabulary words related to holidays in the USA and has downloadable Spanish vocabulary word lists and matching quizzes.
  1. Teaching Spanish: Vocabulary Practice for Thanksgiving Day
  2. Teaching Spanish: Christmas Vocabulary, Activity, and Quiz
  3. Teaching Spanish: Vocabulary Practice For New Year's Eve