• Healthier, Wealthier, Wiser: Making New Year’s Resolutions in English

    With the start of a new year, people make resolutions. These are intentions to do something new or to change old ways or habits in the year ahead. You, for example, might resolve to learn English this year!

    What are your resolutions for 2011? Let’s learn some vocabulary.

    Personal life

    I resolve to…..

    Take up a hobby or a pastime.

    Learn something new and explore a fresh talent.

    Engage in foreign travel.

    Catch up with old friends.

    Quit bad habits like smoking or excessive drinking.

    Battle the bulge (lose weight).

    Get in control of finances, reduce spending and get out of debt.

    Read more books and broaden my general knowledge.

    Be more environmentally conscious and recycle.

    Professional Life

    I resolve to….

    Embark on further education to develop my job prospects.

    Do some voluntary work in my community.

    Stop procrastinating (putting off) and to take my career goals more seriously.

    Explore the job market and find more challenging work.

    As we learn vocabulary on making resolutions let’s listen to a news report on this very issue. See if you can answer the questions below:

    When does the report say is the right time to start our new year’s resolutions?

    How many adults in the UK have vowed to be fitter, thinner, healthier or wealthier at the start of the new year?

    What body carried out the study?

    How many people will have given up on their resolutions within a week?

    What percentage of people sticks to new year’s resolutions for the entire year?

    What is the most difficult promise to keep?

    What is the most popular new year’s resolution according to the study?

    What percentage of people made a resolution to save money last year?

    How did you get on? Feel free to send us your answers and email us any questions you might have on the class.