Hi everyone. Well, another year gone, we’re now in 2020!! It is hard to believe; “2020” sounds so futuristic!!

And, as usual, it is time to reflect and set some goals for the year to come.  Indeed, it is a tradition in the UK to draw up(1) a list of New Year’s resolutions, which are about being better people and improving your life.

Firstly, here is some very wise advise (from neuro-scientist Dr Irena O’Brien) about breaking our objectives down(2), or how being realistic will help us stick to(3) our goals


Secondly, typical new year’s resolutions include taking up(4) a new sport, or getting back into(5) an old hobby,  finding love, or making new friends, giving up(6) smoking, being more generous, cutting down(7) on alcohol, or sweets, getting a new job, setting aside(8) time to spend with loved ones, saving up (9)for something,  cutting back on(10)  unnecessary expenses, and ……. Of course, learning or improving a foreign language.  Of course, these resolutions can be difficult to put into practice and are often long forgotten by the end of January. 

Vocabulary expansion:

Phrasal verbs:

  1. Draw up (write a list)
  2. Break down (into smaller goals)
  3. Stick to (adhere to, comply with)
  4. Take up (start, begin)
  5. Get back into (old hobby)
  6. Give up (stop, quit)
  7. Cut down on…(reduce)
  8. Set aside (time, money..)
  9. Save up for (save money for a specific reason)
  10. Cut back on (spending money)

In BLP we understand how difficult it can be to set language goals, so, inspired by a post from St George International School, UK, we have prepared some New Year’s language resolution suggestions to help you on your way to a successful year of developing your knowledge and abilities in English: 10 verbs, then you can choose your answers to suit your 10 goals.

I would love to hear your new year’s resolutions for 2020 !!! 

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