Auld Lang Syne

Listening Activity, Song & Video

Voice Of America  5.34 min

 Listen to the first part of the audio clip and find the 5 mistakes in the text below.   

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This New Year’s Eve millions of people in English speaking countries will sing and hear a song called “Auld Lang Syne.”  It is the traditional music played during New Year’s day.  Auld Lang Syne is an old Scottish poem.  It tells about the need to remember family and loved ones.  The words “auld lang syne” mean “old long since”  and more roughly it means "yesterday".
Auld Lang Syne is a Scottish poem, composed by Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns in 1878.

Here is the complete English version of the lyrics, although usually people only sing the first two stanzas :

Listen to the second part of the audio clip and follow the first part of the lyrics.

Or Watch a video clip of Rod Stewart’s version of Auld Lang Syne, live at Stirling Castle, Scotland.

 Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
in the days of old lang syne ?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take/ drink a cup of kindness yet,
for (the sake of ) auld lang syne.

And surely you'll buy your cup !
and surely I'll buy mine !
And we'll take/ drink a cup o' kindness yet,

for auld lang syne.

We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we've wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine† ;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

And there's a hand my trusty friend !
And give us a hand o' thine !
And we'll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

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