- Looking back
- Looking forwards
- New Year’s resolutions
Today is the first of January 2018. A new year to remember to write on the blackboard when my hand automatically wants to write 1997.
First, let’s look at some expressions to talk about our past year, positive and negative. These phrases are to describe the year in general and then how you feel about what you did or didn’t do.
Here are some examples with each of the structures:
- ✅ Last year was amazing, I finally went to Paris!
- ❌ Last year was a disaster, nothing went according to my plans.
- ✅ I glad I tried Ballet dancing, I love it!
- ❌ I regret arguing with my best-friend.
- ❌ I wish I had studied more for the exam that I failed.
Now, let’s have a look back over our own year.
Can you think of things for each of these points? Thinking about all these reflections (thoughts) about last year are you going to adjust your plans for this year? 2018?
Here are some useful expressions to talk about your intentions and plans for this year.
*This year I want to + infinitive verb. e.g. This year I want to go running twice (two times) a week.
*This year I need to + infinitive verb. (Stronger than want to) e.g. This year I need to finish my degree course.
*This year I need to stop + verb + ing. e.g. This year I need to stop looking at Facebook so much.
New Years Resolutions
A New Year’s Resolution is a kind of promise to yourself about what you will do in the coming year. A few typical resolutions are: to go to the gym more often, to stop smoking, or to start learning a new language.
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions in your country?
If you want to make some resolutions here are some tips on how to make them. The SMART resolution IS REALLY HELPFUL.
My resolutions this year are different from my usual ones, which are always: drink more water, have less caffeine, lose weight and organize my home! This year I haven’t even used the SMART plan above. I’ve made a list to live each day by. Have a look and see what you think.
You could write one of your resolutions in the comments for me!
If you make resolutions, try to remember they are for the full year and not just for January. Perhaps you could divide the year by months and have a resolution a month.
I hope your 2018 will be full of happiness, health and good luck!
Happy New 2018!!!