AP Chinese - Speaking Skills, Topic Thirteen (Festivities)

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Speaking prompts may ask about personal opinions, past experiences, future plans, and so on. Students should keep in mind that these questions will be based on one topic. The topics typically deal with general subjects that high school students are familiar with. Useful words have been provided for each of the selected topics and can be used in both conversations and cultural presentations. (page 380)

习俗

custom

特色

special feature; characteristic

喜庆

auspicious occasion

祝愿

to wish

庆祝

to celebrate

气氛

atmosphere

春节

Spring Festival

除夕

Chinese New Year's Eve

鞭炮

firecrackers

拜年

to pay someone a visit during Chinese New Year (two words)

拜年贺喜

to pay someone a visit during Chinese New Year (four words)

压岁钱

money given to children as a gift during Chinese New Year

红包

a traditional red packet with money inside

团圆饭

family reunion dinner

年糕

Chinese New Year cake

舞龙舞狮

dragon and lion dance (use as a verb with 人们)

贴春联

to hang lucky couplets

挂年画

to hang New Year's paintings

耍龙灯

dragon dance (a verb)

元宵节

the Lantern Festival

元宵

sweet dumplings made of glutinous rice

赏花灯

to admire festive lanterns

猜灯谜

to guess lantern riddles

端午节

Dragon Boat Festival

粽子

a kind of dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaves eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival

龙舟

dragon boat

中秋节

the Mid-Autumn Festival

月饼

moon cake

赏月

to enjoy looking at the moon

想念

to miss

故乡

hometown

合家团圆

family reunion

联欢

to have a get-together; to have a party

晚会

a party that takes place in the evening

剪纸

paper-cuts

年画

New Year paintings

舞狮

lion dance

舞龙

dragon dance

圣诞节

Christmas

基督教

Christianity

犹太教

Judaism

伊斯兰教

Islam

平安夜

Christmas Eve

礼拜

religious service

欢乐

happy; joyful

礼物

a present; a gift

感恩节

Thanksgiving

古老

ancient

丰盛

rich; sumptuous (of a meal)

美味佳肴

delicious food

火鸡

turkey

南瓜饼

pumpkin pie

万圣节

Halloween

服饰

dress and personal adornment (costume)

五颜六色

colorful

千奇百怪

a kinds of strange sights and happenings

面具

mask

糖果

candies

情人节

Valentine's Day

巧克力

chocolate

鲜花

fresh flowers

母亲节

Mother's Day

父亲节

Father's Day

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