New Year- New You?
After the fun, food and free time at Christmas, January in the UK is a time when many people decide to change some things in their lives for the New Year. People think that the first month of the year is the best time to do something positive, good or healthy to improve themselves. These changes are called ‘New Year’s Resolutions’.
What do you think are the most common New Year’s Resolutions?
Well, here is a list of the most popular things people decided to do in 2017:
– Lose weight, diet and exercise
– Read more
– Learn something new
– Save money
– Be nice to everyone
– Get a new job
– Volunteer and donate money to charity
– Learn a language
– Sleep more
– Make new friends
Is there anything on the list that you would like to do this year? Is there anything that you would add to the list?
Although people have good intentions at the beginning of the year, most New Year’s Resolutions don’t last very long. A lot of people work very hard in January, but after 31 days (in the winter!), people often give up. Do you think you could keep you New Year’s Resolutions for a whole year? How could you do this?
Maybe you could change something small. For example, if your New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight, you could start by reducing the amount of chocolate you eat each week. Another way to keep your good intentions could be to do it with a friend- join a gym together, or start a new, fun course together. It is much easier to do something with someone else, and you can have fun. Something which can be very helpful is keeping a list of things you can do to reach your goal. Then, every time you do something on your list, you can cross it out and you will feel great!
If your aim in 2017 is to improve your English, how could you do this? How could you check that your English is improving?
Here are some ideas:
– Learn 10 new words per week. Practise the spelling, pronunciation and meaning of the words using websites with self-test resources such as Quizlet or British Council.
– Read! Read anything at all. Even if you don’t understand all the words, try to concentrate on understanding the main ideas. If you want to check that you have understood, ask an English speaker- your host family, your teacher, a friend, the social organiser or a classmate.
– Watch TV. Yes, you can enjoy television and improve your English at the same time, especially your listening skills. In films and on television you will hear a variety of accents and dialects which will really help you get used to different pronunciation of English.
– Speak to your teacher. If you are studying English, ask your teacher if you are improving. Ask your teacher what you need to concentrate on and ask your teacher for extra work and advice. They will always be happy to help.
So, 2017 could be a New You. You can try new things, meet new people, make new friends and improve your English!
Written by our fantastic Assistant Director of Studies, Lauren Suraci!
- positive(adj.): good or happy
- improve(v.): to progress or get better
- lose weight(p.v.): to become lighter and thinner
- save(v.): to keep money so you can buy something in the future
- volunteer(v.): to work for free and usually for a good cause
- make friends(p.v.): to begin to know and like someone
- intentions(n.pl.): things that you want to do or plan to do
- last(v.): to continue to happen
- give up(p.v.): to stop doing something that you started
- whole(adj.): complete
- reducing(v.): making something less
- join(v.):to become a member
- goal(n.): something you want to do well in the future
- cross it out(p.v.): to draw a line through something because you don’t need it
- aim(n.):something you want to achieve in the future
- resources(n.pl.): something helpful that you can use
- accents(n.pl.): the different ways people speak because they are from different cities or countries
- get used to(p.v.): to become familiar with something
- advice(n.): helpful information