New Year (New Year) is almost knocking at our door! After only a few days separate us from coming (coming) year! New Year — a holiday (holiday), which is loved by all, from small to large. This is despite the fact that it is not unique! After the New Year we celebrate every year … Just think, for some it’s the first holiday in my life, for someone to tenth, some thirty, and more. In fact, this holiday should already rather bored. But no … Every year we still are waiting for it with impatience. What is its worldwide popularity?
The transition from the old to the new year for us is symbolic. Even the skeptics still believe that with the advent of the new year something in life necessarily change (something will change). We all hope for a miracle (miracle). We believe that the work will be successful in their personal lives loved, among friends are essential. So be it, if you’ll believe it. Your confidence will be transferred to all. Not surprisingly, with the advent of the new year, people associate all the important events in their lives. Think … At least once in your life, but you said something like this: «Here in the next year (next year), I learned English (change jobs, will build a family, going to Australia, I will write a book, etc.)» — underline . And what is the phrase? The promise (promise). And it is not just a promise, a word to himself.
In English, there is a beautiful word, and which represent the promise made to himself. What is this word? Let’s get acquainted:
Resolution — a promise to yourself to do or to not do something.
It is a promise to do something or not to do. For example:
She made a resolution to give up smoking. — She promised to quit. (Pay special attention to the grammatical feature of the use of the word: it is the infinitive after the particle to.)
He made a resolution to finish his studies next year. — He promised to graduate next year.
Dai New Year’s resolutions — New Year’s Resolutions
New Year’s resolutions (New Year’s Resolutions) — is the same promise to himself, but made a New Year’s Eve (or New Year). If we turn to English-language interpretation of this expression, we get the following:
New Year’s resolution — a promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year.
Very interesting about New Year’s resolutions described in this video:
Author video lesson — English teacher Jennifer Recio Lebedev (http://www.youtube.com/user/JenniferESL). At the very beginning of the video you are asked to answer the question: What does it mean to make a New Year’s resolution? (What does it mean — to New Year’s resolutions?) By the way, how would you have answered your answer? Some people say the following:
- A New Year’s resolution means you try to make something good in the new year that is coming. A New Year’s resolution means you try to abide by something (to respect, adhere to perform), to try a plan for something that you’re going to do good in the next year.
- To make a New Year’s resolution is to effect a change within yourself, be it (whether it is) a personal thing or something for your family, or a goal in work.
- To make a New Year’s resolution to me means it’s going to be a new start for the new year and you start new things … and to stick to them … and to wish good will for people and family for the future.
In many countries, New Year’s Eve, you can hear the question: Have you made any New Year’s resolution? (And you gave yourself a New Year’s resolutions? And you have promised myself to do something in the new year?) What we hear from the people? Watch the video:
Among the New Year promises sounded as follows:
- Be nice to people (to be nice to people)
- CUT back on junk food (eat less fast food)
- Call at least one friend every weekend / to keep in touch with friends (to keep in touch with friends)
- Exercise more
- Travel more
- Study harder
- Quit smoking
Any New Year’s resolutions listed right for you? Did not find what would be a promise to yourself? Here are some ideas for New Year’s resolutions:
When you give yourself a New Year’s promise — you make a New Year’s resolution, if you manage to stick with it — you keep a New Year’s resolution, but if you do break it — you break a New Year’s resolution. Sticking to these self-New Year’s resolutions (like any other) is not easy, but possible. How? Learning (this video is more difficult to grasp than the previous ones):
And now listen to a little clip from the BBC and decide who is speaking true to his New Year’s resolutions, and who is not:
BBC Learning English — a terrific resource for learning English. Pay attention to the very interesting series The Flatmates (http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/flatmates/). Each mini-series about the five characters (a 184 series) helps to remember the interesting (and most importantly — the most common) words and expressions in English. The five men — Tim, Helen, Khalid, Alice, Michael — could not discuss the New Year’s resolutions:
Tim promised that he would work hard and get promoted (I’m going to work really hard and try and get promoted). Michael said he put an end to junk food and thus improve their health (I’m going to give up fast food and be much more healthy). Helen decided to still do their studies as exams just around the corner (I’ve got to start really studying). And Alice has decided to arrange a personal life and find love in the face of gorgeous young man secured (My resolution is to find love. I want to meet someone who’s gorgeous, funny and rich!). Do Alice turned to find love? The answer is here:
I do not bypass the theme New Year’s resolutions, and Mr. Duncan, the lessons of which are also represented on YouTube:
You still have not decided whether to give themselves New Year’s resolutions? I think this comic song to help you decide:
New Year’s resolutions — it’s great! New Year’s resolutions — a goal for the future! New Year’s resolutions — it is self-discipline! Without them, our lives would not be so exciting.
So let’s start making New Year’s resolutions, shall we?