English Learning for Curious Minds

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Have you ever wondered why January 1st is the start of the new year?

In today's episode we'll discuss the history of new year, talk about the longest year ever (it had 445 days), and you'll find out why new year is celebrated on January 1st, and not on any of the other 364 days of the year.

Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com

Show Notes

Have you ever wondered why January 1st is the start of the new year?

In today's episode we cover:

  • History of the celebrations of New Year
  • When New Year used to be in mid-March
  • How the Romans tried to fix the calendar
  • The longest year in history
  • The Julian calendar (why it worked, and why it didn't)
  • The pope who brought things back to January 1st
  • New year today

Key vocabulary: Pressing, Conversation starter, Bringing in, Topical, Timely, Observed, Festivity, Falling out of sync, Toasted, Implemented, Leap year, Pagan, Befitting, Abolished, Circumcision, Circumcised, Reticent, Colonies, Millennia, Custom, Neglected, Myriad, Skipping over


Full transcript and key vocabulary available on the website www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/why-is-new-year-new-year

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Learning English shouldn't be boring. It should open your mind.

English Learning for Curious Minds is a podcast aimed at intermediate level English speakers and above, where listeners learn fascinating things about the world while learning English.

There's no small-talk, no boring grammar exercises or vocabulary drills.

You'll learn English by listening, by hearing real conversations and real English, spoken by native speakers, and at a speed you can understand.

Listeners can subscribe to Leonardo English to get a copy of the transcript and key vocabulary for every podcast.

It's English learning, but for curious minds.

What is English Learning for Curious Minds?

Are you looking for a more interesting way to to learn English?

English Learning for Curious Minds is where you can learn English from native speakers while learning fascinating things about the world.

Every episode comes with a transcript & key vocabulary and is spoken at a speed you can understand.

Join listeners from 155 countries and discover the most interesting way to improve your English while expanding your mind.

Find the bonus episodes, transcripts, key vocabulary, and learning materials at www.leonardoenglish.com