Gung Xi Fa Cai (or Happy New Year if you don't speak Mandarin.) The Chinese New Year started on Monday and celebrations welcoming the year of the monkey continue for 2 weeks.
What is in store for us in the year of the monkey? From my great astrological knowledge (and from what I read on the internet...) this year will be an energetic, optimistic and lively year; a year for taking risks and being rebellious. This is the year to start new and crazy endeavours, or come up with some new inventions. However, there will be a feeling of insecurity and if you can't handle the stress of taking risks, you'll fall apart.
1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, and 2004 were previous monkey years. If you were born in any of these years, it's your year! Although it seems that the year of the monkey doesn't bring good fortune to other monkeys, so it will be better to keep a low profile this year. Sorry!
If you'd like to read more about Chinese New Year, and how it started, here is an interesting and not too difficult article.
be in store (for sb) - going to happen soon
lively - full of energy; fun, exciting and interesting
endeavour - an attempt or effort to do something
come up with - think of an idea or plan
handle - deal with (especially something difficult)
fall apart - have serious emotional problems and not be able to think clearly
keep a low profile - avoid attracting attention to yourself
Bonus grammar question
In English, we have several ways to talk about the future, and we use each one for a different situation in the future.
Which future form do we use to make predictions?
My blog has changed! If you're looking for my English-practice exercises, they're all still here, just look in the archives.
Catherine: blogging about learning, language, culture, France and more...