November 28, 2015 11:16 UTC


Happy New Year!

Fireworks explode over the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge during New Years Eve  celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
Fireworks explode over the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge during New Years Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
Happy New Year!
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Now, VOA Special English presents a special program for New Year’s Eve.

That is a song millions of Americans will hear this New Year’s Eve. It is called “Auld Lang Syne.” It is the traditional music played during the New Year’s celebration. Auld Lang Syne is an old Scottish poem. It tells about the need to remember old friends.

The words “auld lang syne” mean “old long since.” No one knows who wrote the poem first. However, a version by Scottish poet Robert Burns was published in 1796. The words and music we know today first appeared in a songbook three years later.

The song is sung in the United States mainly on New Year’s Eve.

Here is Lou Rawls singing his version of it…

Another version is by the Washington Saxophone Quartet.

As we end our program with “Auld Lang Syne,” I would like to wish all of our radio friends a very Happy New Year.

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by: Marina from: Croati
01/04/2015 8:20 PM
Excellent song. I really enyoed while listening. Happy new year to all VOA consumers...

by: Mot from: Vietnam
01/03/2015 1:38 AM
it's amazing. i ever think that Happy New Year song by ABBA is usually listen on New Year's eve in almost countries.

by: Leonardo from: Popayan
01/02/2015 12:35 PM
All is well in VOA English Learn.
Happy New Year!

by: Dong Kyun Kim from: Jeju South Korea
01/02/2015 10:11 AM
This kind of song that have this rhythm can hear in Korea named good bye my friend I wonder that this song is first made in South Korea

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by: Nos from: Phnom Penh
01/03/2015 3:12 PM
Please read the report and study more world history.
This song is very popular all over the world, but composed in Scotland about two hundred years ago.
I don't know why some Korean and Chinese say like that with everything.

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by: Oh,no from: China
01/02/2015 3:38 PM
Really? this song in China is also very popular. I wonder this song was first made in China.

by: Hồ Quang Hưng from: Việt Nam
01/02/2015 12:53 AM
HPNY to all staff of VoA learning english

by: alexandre from: brazil
01/02/2015 12:19 AM
feliz ano novo a voces que contribuem com esse excelente conteudo.

by: Anonymous
01/01/2015 7:56 PM
Happy new year to all VOA English learner.

by: Ghobad Emamifard from: iraq
01/01/2015 7:00 PM

by: Adriana Florez from: Colombia
01/01/2015 6:47 PM
Beautiful song. I wish all a happy new year. Thanks VOA for learning me english.

by: kika from: spain
01/01/2015 6:05 PM
A very happy new year for all of us from Spain.

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