Learn English – Who makes New Year’s Resolutions? Have you?

As ‘modern people’ I think some of us feel compelled to set goals and make resolutions toward self-improvement. This topic is also appropriate for your students who presumably HAVE a goal for learning English.

60 – New Year’s Resolutions 

Hey there. Happy New Year. Have you made any resolutions, any goals for the new year? It’s 2020 and a lot of people have chosen a resolution, have chosen a goal that they would like to achieve. To find out about typical goals and how long people have been making resolutions, just sit back, relax, listen, and try to understand as much as you can.

(Intro: English without Fear, where you can learn to speak English naturally, through listening to stories.)

Yes, it’s that time of year. It’s January and many people like the feeling of a new beginning, a fresh start. For centuries, for hundreds of years, people all over the world have been making resolutions. 

What is a resolution? A resolution is a goal, something you want to accomplish or achieve or complete. Or it could be a habit that you want to start doing regularly every day. 

How long have people been making resolutions, setting goals, starting new habits at the beginning of a new year?

I looked on Google and I found out that a people from thousands of years ago, the ancient Babylonians, were making resolutions. Where is Babylonia? Today, that’s called Iraq, the country of Iraq, next to Turkey and Syria.

But back in the day, ancient Babylonians often made the resolution at the start of their year to give back, to return, every single thing they had borrowed. That’s a good idea. I need to do that, too.

Last year I borrowed a book from my friend Mandy, and I still have not given it back to her. I need to return that book.

What kinds of resolutions or goals or habits do people choose now? I think a lot of people choose, they set the resolution, to eat healthier or to go on a diet and lose weight. Or start exercising more, sleeping more, reading more books.

And one I hear about often is to spend less time on their phones, on social media. That’s a good goal. 

Well, what about me? Have I set a goal? Do I have a new year’s resolution for 2020?  I do. And that is to spend three hours a day, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, to spend three hours during the week with Spanish. I want to keep improving my Spanish. 

My resolution is just Monday through Friday because I think I might need Saturday and Sunday, the weekend, to catch up in case I had a busy day during the week. So, my goal is three hours a day with Spanish, Monday through Friday. One goal, one resolution.

Do people keep their resolutions? Well, that’s not very encouraging. What I found out on Google is that only eight people out of 100 keep their resolution all year long. That means 8%. 

I think it’s best to just pick one goal, one habit, one resolution and think about that and try to keep that up for the whole year. 

So, what about you? Have you made a resolution or two or three? Tell me about it. Leave me a comment below this video. I’m really curious. And we should probably do another video maybe in July and see how we all are doing. 

If you would like the transcript, the words for this video, then go to my website, www.Englishwithoutfear.com and there you can find the transcript, probably about three or four hours after this video has posted on YouTube. 

Well, that’s it for this episode. I’m Maria from English without Fear. Talk to you next time. 

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