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In this episode, let’s take a look at the most common New Year’s resolutions. Then you will practice your English fluency with a mini-story.
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Well, first of all… Happy New Year!
How time flies! A new year has just begun.
It’s curious how the passage of time is perceived according to age. Young people don’t think much about it. Middle-aged people think about the things they still want to achieve and realize that they have less and less time. Older people, on the other hand, remember the old days.
Don’t worry; I won’t get too philosophical in this lesson. 🙂 I’ll go ahead and talk about New Year’s resolutions.
As you know, when a new year comes, we all feel like doing a lot of things. Also, we feel a bit guilty for having celebrated a little too much at Christmas.
Therefore, in this episode, we will take a look at the most popular New Year’s resolutions and practice new vocabulary.
And what’s a resolution?
A resolution is a firm decision to do something.
My New year’s resolution is to use highly proven techniques based on the natural learning of a second language to help my students to speak English automatically.
Losing weight or going on a diet.
This resolution is a classic. After all the meals and alcoholic beverages, we decide to lose weight. Usually, this decision is made after a very generous meal. We are on a full stomach and solemnly decide that we are going to lose weight and that we are going on a diet.
Going to the gym
Another classic! It’s funny how many people pay their gym fees every month but never go. Sounds familiar? Then now, it’s the perfect excuse to start exercising. A friend of mine told me in October that he wasn’t going to the gym, but that he would certainly start going in January. 🙂
If you ever go to the gym at the beginning of the year, you’ll see a lot of people working out — everyone with a lot of determination. The problem is that in February, there are half as many people exercising.
Sometimes the New Year’s resolution for exercising includes an ambitious goal, such as running a marathon. The important thing is to finish the race, so don’t obsess about timing.
For some time, I was aiming to run a marathon. About four years ago, I ran a half-marathon and noticed that running a marathon was a reasonable goal. Then I changed my mind because the training I needed was too intense for my knees. Now I’m taking it slower and alternating between different sports.
Quitting smoking is a hard thing to do. Many people try to quit smoking and start a healthier life at the beginning of a new year. Luckily, I’m not a smoker, but I always wish them all the best.
So, we have the health trio: dieting, going to the gym and quitting smoking. Many try, very few succeed.
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