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Learn English with VOA NEWS > Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hello ! My everyone dear friends

         How about your daily life in year 2015 which will pass tomorrow. But whether much or less we had

impacted from world economic. However the world oil price notin high level, caused your cost not

aggressively spent.

         As for coming new year 2016, we have good hope for your life. The more knowing of English language

of yours is the one better life. Don't you think so ?

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Keeping up with the trends?

XP Staff
The Nation December 31, 2015 1:00 am

If you're still sitting in a big, brash nightclub tapping at a 3G phone, you are so




The blossoming health consciousness that's taught us to avoid junk food and graze on greens has flowered
into home deliveries of nutritious meals.

"Clean eating", as it's popularly known, has slowly but steadily picked up momentum in Bangkok and other
Thai urban centres, a boon to those who want to stay fit over the long term and meanwhile maybe lose a little
weight too. We're talking about low calorie content, healthier fats, added fibre, more vitamins and unrefined
organic ingredients. 

Unlike the food trucks and "artisanal" burgers now found all around downtown Bangkok, these are still early
days for the clean-food phenomenon. It's not yet widely available in restaurants. Instead there are chefs offer-
ing weekly or monthly home and office deliveries of healthy meals. If you haven't tapped into them yet, search
online for EatClean BKK, A Taste, Clean Concept, Polpa or Foxbox. 



In a never-ending series of efforts to "enrich" our online conversations with friends, we have been treated to
the combinations of symbols called emoji (: p) and "chat stickers" that express emotions at a click (cartoon
characters holding a cake to say "Happy birthday"). 

Now we seem to have reached the hi-tech pinnacle with stickers that move and make sounds, far more engag-
ing and expressive. These GIF-format characters wave their hands and squeal "Hi!" And you can even custom-
build stickers using your own pictures. How cool is that!



Bangkok has seen the opening of several huge nightclubs. The scale is mind-boggling and the fanfare deafening.
Who could have expected all that to be trumped by tiny places with no signs?

That's what happened this year, though. We now have nightspots nestled in hard-to-find nooks and crannies - at "secret addresses" and often hidden in plain sight. 

Usually the easiest way to locate an unfamiliar place is to ask the local motorcycle-taxi drivers. But even they're no
help when it comes to finding Q&A, a cocktail bar on Asoke Montri Road (Sukhumvit Soi 21), J Boroski Mixology
in a tiny lane off Soi Thong Lor and Havana Social on Sukhumvit Soi 11. 

These are becoming the new playgrounds for discerning, adventurous partygoers in search of unique, more tailored experiences.



Modern man, having learned to walk erect and then in high-heeled shoes, now requires sneakers to evolve further. Running shoes have been around for a century, of course, but now, for women in particular, they're more stylish
than ever - and more stylistically necessary. 

The sporty brands currently in vogue include Adidas, Nike and New Balance. The casual look comes courtesy of
Onisuka Tiger, Keds, Vans and Converse.

Supermodel Cara Delevingne has been spotted in the most chic of sneakers. Singer Kathy Perry wears them onstage. Nikes have hit the runway and designers like Alexander Wang and Christian Louboutin have come out with lines. Thai interest surged when fashion idol Araya "Chompoo" A Hargett wore white Converse runners with a Dior gown for her after-wedding party. 

The appeal is in the unexpected twist that sneakers give to any outfit while still making a fashion statement. Worn
with a skirt, your look is suddenly not so prissy or feminine, but instead energetic - and undeniably comfortable.

What dropped out of style this year was the "big eyes" look created by special contact lenses. It used to be that every girl's selfie featured eyes like Bambi, despite warnings from ophthalmologists everywhere. Thankfully, the same year-ning for realism that boosted the sneaker's popularity has applied to eye fashion.

IN: 4G


Finally joining most of the rest of the world one further rung up the "smart" ladder, Thailand has moved from 3G
to 4G after an indecently long wait. The promise is more stable online connections and thus a more pleasurable experience browsing the Web and watching television. 

This year's auctions of 4G broadcasting licences were troublesome but ultimately successful, and now all service providers are ready to deliver 4G content. What's already begun and is likely to surge in 2016 is a move to all manner
of smart devices, not just phones and tablets. 

Smart wristwatches are likely to sell big, thanks to their ability to link information among other gadgets and to double as fitness trackers. And they're getting quite stylish these days. 

Meanwhile the "idiot boxes" at home aren't so dumb anymore. If you already have a crystal-clear, full high-definition LED-screen TV set, maybe it's no longer good enough. You need a 4K curved-screen TV that's smart enough to draw you into the "Internet of things". If you still don't understand that concept, talk to your fridge. Of course you might have to interrupt its conference call to your smart washing machine, vacuum cleaner and air-conditioner.



These days you hardly ever hear anyone in Thailand saying, "Send me a message on WhatsApp." That was then. SnapChat is now.

Yes, the Japan-based Line application is still an important part of millions of lives, but it's likely to drop a few notches
in popularity now that youngsters have discovered SnapChat. It handles more than just text (and stickers). You can
also share short videos and paintings you create yourself and do so in more privacy. SnapChat's already picking up feeds from the major news outlets as well, including CNN, and the favourite football clubs are involved. Evidently
there's much more to come.



A new excise tax on cars just coming into effect means a wider price gap between new and used cars, so the hire-purchase trade is shifting its focus to the latter segment. 

The tax will send the price of new SUVs, pickups and luxury cars soaring, and thus everyone will be buying used
models. Gone too are the days of the first-car subsidies from the government. Better check what Granddad has sitting
in the garage.
Song for your English listening practice
Jim Croce - Time in a bottle - 1973 https://youtu.be/dO1rMeYnOmM
December 31, 2015 04:05 UTC

This Is America

Memories and Hopes Meet in New Year's Music

A traditional way to welcome the New Year is to drink a glass of champagne and kiss the person you love.
A traditional way to welcome the New Year is to drink a glass of champagne and kiss the person you love.


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  • New Year's Music: Where Memories and Hopes Meet at Midnight




Welcome to This Is America with VOA Learning EnglishSteve Ember brings you music for the NewYear.

 In the United States and other countries, this old Scottish song, "Auld Lang Syne" is played when a new year begins. The song is about remembering old friends.

New Year's is a holiday for memories and for hopes. The past and the future come together at midnight. Not surprisinglyemotions are as much a part of NewYear's Eve as noise makers and fireworksAfter all, a traditional way to welcome the New Year is to kiss the person you love.

"Old Lang Synelends its name to a modern song about a man and a woman who once were loversOne day, a week before New Year's, they meet again by chance. The singer is Dan Fogelberg and the song is called "Same Old Lang Syne."

On December 16, 2007, fans of Dan Fogelberg lost an old friend. The American singer and song writer died of prostate cancer at the age of 56. He was known for the kind of soft rock popular in the 1970s and 80s. "Same OldLang Syne" was one of the hits from his 1981 album "The Innocent Age."

The idea of meeting an old lover by chance is also at the heart of a Paul Simon songHere is the title song from Paul Simon's 1975 album "Still Crazy After All These Years."

Chance meetings are one of life's little surprisesThey can happen anywhere-- in a market, on the streeteven in a taxicab. This song by Harry Chapin iscalled "Taxi."

Harry Chapin was a popular folk singer and songwriter. In 1981, at the age of 38, he died in a car crash on his way to a performance.

Music and emotions go hand in handSongs can make us feel the heartbreakof a lost love, or the excitement of finding a new loveSongs can also capturethe pain of a wish that a person knows will never come trueHere is JamesBlunt with "You're Beautiful."

The 1989 movie "When Harry Met Sally" was about a relationship.  BillyCrystal plays Harry and Meg Ryan is SallyThey meet and become friends,though not at firstLaterthey fall in lovethough not for very longThen, onNew Year's EveHarry comes to his senses and finds Sally at a party.

HARRY: “I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, and the thing is, I love you.”

SALLY: “What?”

HARRY: “I love you.”

SALLY: “How do you expect me to respond to this?”

HARRY: “How about you love metoo?”

SALLY: “How about I’m leaving?”

HARRY: “Doesn’t what I said mean anything to you?”

SALLY: “I’m sorryHarry. I know it’s New Year’s Eve, I know youre feelinglonely, but you just can’t show up heretell me you love me, and expect that tomake everything all right. It doesn’t work this way.”

HARRY: “Wellhow does it work?”

SALLY: “I don’t know, but not this way.”

HARRY: “How about this way? I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degreesout. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love thatyou get a little crinkle above your nose when youre looking at me like I’mnuts. I love that after I spend a day with you I can still smell your perfume onmy clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night.

“And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. Icame here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest ofyour life with somebodyyou want the rest of your life to start as soon aspossible.”

SALLY: “You see? That is just like youHarryYou say things like that, andyou make it impossible for me to hate you. And I hate youHarry. I really hateyou.”

What are they doing nowWellyou can probably guess.

From New Year's Day, we turn to "A New Day." That was the name of CelineDion's music and dance show at Caesars Palace in Las VegasNevada.  Itclosed on December 15, 2007, after almost five years. It sold a reported 400million dollars in tickets.

The show's run ended two months before the start of a worldwide tour for anew album by the Canadian singer. But some fans came to the show againand againso closing night was like an emotional goodbye to an old friend.
We leave you with Celine Dion and a song that some of you will probably singalong with. From the 1997 movie "Titanic," here is "My Heart Will Go On."

Avi Arditti wrote today’s program, and Steve Ember was your reader. Wehope you will join us again next week for This Is America, on the radio oronline at learningenglish.voanews.com.

Wishing you a happy New Year from all of us at VOA Learning English.



This Is America New Year’s Music: Where Memories and Hopes Meet at Midnight
In the United States and other countries, this old Scottish song, "Auld Lang Syne" is played when a new year begins.
The song is about remembering old friends. New Year's is a holiday for memories and for hopes. The past and the
future come together at midnight. Not surprisingly, emotions are as much a part of New Year's Eve as noisemakers and
fireworks. After all, a traditional way to welcome the New Year is to kiss the person you love. "Old Lang Syne" lends its
name to a modern song about a man and a woman who once were lovers. One day, a week before New Year's, they
meet again by chance. The singer is Dan Fogelberg and the song is called "Same Old Lang Syne." On December 16,
2007, fans of Dan Fogelberg lost an old friend. The American singer and songwriter died of prostate cancer at the age of
56. He was known for the kind of soft rock popular in the 1970s and 80s. "Same Old Lang Syne" was one of the hits
from his 1981 album "The Innocent Age." The idea of meeting an old lover by chance is also at the heart of a Paul
Simon song. Here is the title song from Paul Simon's 1975 album "Still Crazy After All These Years." Chance meetings
are one of life's little surprises. They can happen anywhere -- in a market, on the street, even in a taxicab. This song by
Harry Chapin is called "Taxi." Harry Chapin was a popular folk singer and songwriter. In 1981, at the age of 38, he died
in a car crash on his way to a performance. Music and emotions go hand in hand. Songs can make us feel the
heartbreak of a lost love, or the excitement of finding a new love. Songs can also capture the pain of a wish that a
person knows will never come true. Here is James Blunt with "You're Beautiful."

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