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Hello, and welcome to the Culture File: Mexico series at SpanishPod101.com. In this series, we’re exploring essential cultural information about Mexico, Mexican Culture, and Mexican People. In this lesson, we will keep learning about winter holiday traditions in Mexico. I’m Michael, and you're listening to Season 1, Lesson 7 - New Year’s Eve.
Another important winter event in Mexico is New Year’s Eve or "Año Nuevo". When the world has reached the end of another year, the final few hours left before the new year begins are always full of new projects, good intentions and resolutions, or "propósitos", for change.
In Mexico, as it is in almost every corner of the Earth, this is a time for people to weigh up the good and bad things of the year, and to make all those resolutions that they intend to try to fulfill, such as to quit smoking, or "dejar de fumar", to lose weight, or "perder peso", to go to a gym, or "ir al gimnasio", and so on.
But of course, that’s not all it’s about! It’s also time for one of the longest, most tiring and most expensive parties of the year! New Year's celebrations usually start with a dinner with family or friends on New Year’s Eve, which lasts until twelve at night, the moment at which all of the TV channels connect to an emblematic clock, where the ringing of bells, or "campanadas" is heard. As these bells toll, it’s traditional in Mexico to eat a grape, or "uva" for each ring, while thinking about something you want to accomplish or receive during the coming year. Supposedly, if at the end of the twelve strokes the person has managed to eat the twelve grapes, those wishes will become true! This tradition comes from Spain, where grape producers were accustomed to eating lots of grapes during the last day of the year to ensure a good harvest the coming year.
After the bells have rung and the grapes are eaten, many young people flood the streets in groups to go to parties in bars where they spend the entire night, practically until the sun comes up.
So listeners, how did you like this lesson? Did you learn anything interesting?
What would be your twelve wishes for next New Year’s Eve?
Leave a comment telling us at SpanishPod101.com! Until next time!

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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What would be your twelve wishes for next New Year's Eve?

 

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Wednesday at 2:22 pm
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Hola Steven,


Great!

We're happy to know you're understanding and learning more and more Spanish.

Please let me know any question have, it's always a pleasure to help you.


Saludos,

Carla

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Steven Dirks
Sunday at 1:34 am
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Thank you for the detailed explanation. I had to read it a couple of times before I totally understood. it seems like an obscure point of Spanish grammar but I think I've got it.

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Saturday at 12:56 pm
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Hola Steven,


Using "se" particularly when discussing inanimate objects, it is possible to indicate some sort of action without indicating who performed the action. Grammatically, such sentences are structured in the same way that sentences using reflexive verbs are. Thus in a literal sense, a sentence such as "se venden coches" means "cars sell themselves." In actuality, however, such a sentence would be the English equivalent of "cars are sold" or, more loosely translated, "cars for sale."


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Steven Dirks
Monday at 1:36 pm
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I thought that in Spanish, because the verb conjugation is different for the different subjects, the subject pronoun is not normally necessary; Isn't this true in the past tense? And I don't believe "se" is a subject pronoun. Instead, doesn't the use of "se" change the verb to its reflexive form "escucharse"? But that doesn't seem to make sense inn this sentence since "escucharse" means to listen to yourself.


To use a subject pronoun, wouldn't you use "Ellos, ellas or ustedes"?

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Monday at 11:51 am
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Hola Esteban,


Thank you for your comment.

We need to have a subject pronoun in a sentence, this way the sentence is complete.:thumbsup:

In a spontaneous situation, you might be able to say it without subject pronoun.


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Carla

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EstebanDirks@gmail.com
Sunday at 2:17 pm
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Example from the expanded vocab: Se escucharon las campanadas de la iglesia.


Why do it use "Se escucharon" instead of just "escucharon"?

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Monday at 12:23 pm
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Hola Gloria,


Que buenos objetivos, estoy segura que tu español ha mejorado bastante estos últimos meses y que lo lograras en este nuevo año.


Saludos,

Carla

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Gloria
Saturday at 1:45 pm
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Tengo solamente tres propósitos para este Año Nuevo. Mi deseo es que quiero aprender bien el alemán y el francés. Además quiero entender perfectamente el español.


(I have only three resolutions for this New Year. My desire is that I want to learn German and French well. In addition, I want to understand Spanish perfectly.)

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Tuesday at 1:11 pm
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Hola George,


And we can do it!

Just stay tuned, and don't stop going forward with your lessons!


Suerte,

Carla

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George
Sunday at 11:51 am
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One of my wishes would be that I would become fluent in Espanol within one year's time by using SpanishPod101.com