A New Year, new opportunities to improve your English! It’s time to start thinking about New Year resolutions.
A resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something in the future. In English there are different ways to talk about our resolutions depending on how determined we are to accomplish them.
There are different websites with useful information about how to make and keep New Year’s resolutions. However, here I’m going to talk about the grammar behind talking about our resolutions in English.
In the table below you can find some useful sentence starters that you can use to talk about your New Year’s resolutions.
(+) I’m going to + base form (-) I’m not going to + base form
It’s a plan or intention for the future
I’m going to practice English every day. I’m not going to eat junk food.
(+) I‘m planning to + base form
Things that you are almost definitely going to do. Things that you have already scheduled or made some preparations for.
I’m planning to take English classes during the summer.
I hope to + base form I‘d like to + base form
Things you want to do but you it’s not a definite plan
I hope to travel more. I’d like to lose weight.
I might + base form I may + base form I‘m thinking about + gerund
Things you are considering, but you’re not sure if you will do it or not.
I might travel to Brazil. I may apply to grad school. I’m thinking about changing careers.
Choose 1 item per column.
Write the names of each item in order. For example: hamburger, wine, mountain, Whatsapp.
Repeat step 2 two more times.
Swipe left to find out your resolution.
Use the sentence starters in the chart below and the words in the New Year’s resolution generator to make your sentences.
I’m going to stop taking selfies after zumba.
I’m not going to stop taking selfies after zumba.
I hope to stop taking selfies after zumba.
I‘m thinking about stopping taking selfies after zumba.
If you don’t understand what other people say, it’s a good idea to ask for clarification instead of saying:
“I don’t understand” or “Sorry, my English is very bad”
Here there is a list of useful expressions for asking for clarification. These expressions will help you speak fluently and communicate better with your classmates or colleagues. It’s important that you learn how to pronounce each of the phrases correctly. There is an audio below each phrase so you can check the pronunciation that will help you learn them easily.
2. Excuse me. Could you repeat that, please?
3. Could you say that again?
4. I’m sorry, I didn’t hear you properly.
5. I’m sorry, I missed that.
6. I’m sorry, I didn’t catch that.
7. What do you mean?
8. What does _________ mean?
9. Could you give an example?
10. Did you say ________? (say the word you heard)
Read each of the sentences out load and record yourself using your cellphone or your computer. Listen to your voice.
For you, what sounds/ words are difficult to pronounce?
For you, what is the easiest phrase? How many times can you say it without making a mistake?