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Happy new year! At this time of year most of us are looking to the future. As one year ends and another begins, it is good to take stock (= examine a situation), look back at what you have achieved and look forward to what you would like to achieve in the coming year. In many cultures people make resolutions (= promises to themselves) about how they are going to do things differently. Have you made any resolutions for 2021? A simple question - you can answer yes or no - but how do you then go on to talk about the resolutions that you have made? Let me help you out … The grammar that we use to talk about resolutions is quite straightforward. Hurray! Resolutions are plans that we have made, the decisions have already been made by the time we are talking about them. So, the best structures to use are: Be + going to + verb I’m going to quit smoking. I’m going to do more exercise. I’m going to take my IELTS test.  My resolution(s) is/are + infinitive My resolution is to lose weight. My New Year’s resolutions are to speak English every day and keep a vocabulary notebook. As well as using these structures there are some really great phrasal verbs that we can use to talk about resolutions. PHRASAL VERB MEANING Take up (something) start a new hobby or activity Get back into (something) start doing an old hobby again Give up (something) stop doing something completely Cut down on (something) reduce your consumption or use of something Save up for (something) save money regularly towards buying something Can you make any sentences using these phrasal verbs that are true for you? Here are some examples: I’m going to take up painting in 2021.  My resolution is to save up for a new car, it will take all year, but I am determined to do it! I’m going to get back into karate, I used to do it as a kid.  My other resolution is to not be lazy in my studies. I am going to push myself to improve my English. Listen to Richard talking about his new year’s resolutions. Can you hear any of the structures that we have talked about? How about the phrasal verbs? What are his three resolutions for 2021?   Download Tapescript It takes a lot of determination and willpower (=the ability to do things you don’t want to do, or not do things you do want to do) to stick to your resolutions. Make sure that the goals you are setting yourself are realistic so that you don’t end up feeling demotivated by the end of January. If you want to take your IELTS preparation to the next level, here are a few ideas of things you can do in 2021: Subscribe to the We love IELTS Newsletter and receive all the latest information and links in your inbox. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to get daily tips, activities and information on IELTS. Subscribe to the We Love IELTS YouTube channel and watch the videos our fantastic experts are making for you. Listen to the We Love IELTS podcasts and learn about IELTS whilst doing some listening practice. Good luck in 2021, I hope you achieve all of your IELTS goals! Emma

Emma Cosgrave

20 December, 2020

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

Happy new year!

At this time of year most of us are looking to the future. As one year ends and another begins, it is good to take stock (= examine a situation), look back at what you have achieved and look forward to what you would like to achieve in the coming year. In many cultures people make resolutions (= promises to themselves) about how they are going to do things differently.

Have you made any resolutions for 2021?

A simple question - you can answer yes or no - but how do you then go on to talk about the resolutions that you have made?

Let me help you out …

The grammar that we use to talk about resolutions is quite straightforward. Hurray!

Resolutions are plans that we have made, the decisions have already been made by the time we are talking about them. So, the best structures to use are:

Be + going to + verb

  • I’m going to quit smoking.
  • I’m going to do more exercise.
  • I’m going to take my IELTS test. 

My resolution(s) is/are + infinitive

  • My resolution is to lose weight.
  • My New Year’s resolutions are to speak English every day and keep a vocabulary notebook.

As well as using these structures there are some really great phrasal verbs that we can use to talk about resolutions.

PHRASAL VERB

MEANING

Take up (something)

start a new hobby or activity

Get back into (something)

start doing an old hobby again

Give up (something)

stop doing something completely

Cut down on (something)

reduce your consumption or use of something

Save up for (something)

save money regularly towards buying something

Can you make any sentences using these phrasal verbs that are true for you?

Here are some examples:

  • I’m going to take up painting in 2021.
  • My resolution is to save up for a new car, it will take all year, but I am determined to do it!
  • I’m going to get back into karate, I used to do it as a kid.
  • My other resolution is to not be lazy in my studies. I am going to push myself to improve my English.

Listen to Richard talking about his new year’s resolutions. Can you hear any of the structures that we have talked about? How about the phrasal verbs? What are his three resolutions for 2021?

 

Download Tapescript

It takes a lot of determination and willpower (=the ability to do things you don’t want to do, or not do things you do want to do) to stick to your resolutions. Make sure that the goals you are setting yourself are realistic so that you don’t end up feeling demotivated by the end of January.

If you want to take your IELTS preparation to the next level, here are a few ideas of things you can do in 2021:

  • Subscribe to the We love IELTS Newsletter and receive all the latest information and links in your inbox.
  • Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to get daily tips, activities and information on IELTS.
  • Subscribe to the We Love IELTS YouTube channel and watch the videos our fantastic experts are making for you.
  • Listen to the We Love IELTS podcasts and learn about IELTS whilst doing some listening practice.

Good luck in 2021, I hope you achieve all of your IELTS goals!

Emma

Emma Cosgrave

Emma has been teaching IELTS for 20 years. She enjoys helping people to develop both their language skills and confidence.

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