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05 de febrero 2018

New Year, New You?

New Year, New You?
Hannah Lucy Acton
Asistente de Inglés

It’s well know that January is prime time for resolutions, whether you promise yourself that you will get fitter, learn English, spend less money or whatever it might be.

Do you know when New Year’s Resolutions began? The origins date back to the Babylonians. They would have a celebration in which they would make promises to their Gods’ and the belief was that if they kept these promises then the Gods’ would remain content with them, but if not then they would fall out of favor with them.

New Year’s resolutions as we know them became a thing in the nineteenth century. Millions of people make their resolutions every year, however it seems that very few people really stick to them. 

I spoke to a few RosEA staff to discover their opinion on making New Year’s Resolutions:

Tanja told that she doesn’t believe that resolutions should be confined to one time of the year. Any time of the year is a good time to make a change and make yourself happier or more successful!

Max has never had a new year’s resolution, he simply doesn’t believe in them!

Diana always makes New Year’s resolutions because she thinks that it’s important to have an idea of what you want to do the next year. This year, her resolution is to lead a healthier lifestyle, let’s hope she sticks to it!

Perhaps some important things to bear in mind when it comes to keeping your New Year’s Resolution are to be optimistic but at the same time realistic, don’t choose a resolution that you know will be almost impossible for you to keep from the very beginning! 

Additionally, if you share your resolution with a friend of family member, then you have someone to answer to in case you go off the rails and don’t stick to your resolution, they can help you to keep on track! In contrast, if you keep your resolution a secret, you only have yourself to answer for and you may not be as committed.

If you are looking to improve your English, there are a few common expressions that we use to mean that we are starting over, changing our behavior, being more enthusiastic about something than we were in the past!

Make a fresh start
In the New Year, I would like to make a fresh start at work.

To make up for lost time
After becoming a little distracted from her studies at the end of last year, she was determined to make up for lost time!

Wipe the slate clean
I have a new job, it’s a chance to wipe the slate clean!

Turn over a new leaf
She realized that she had not been behaving well and promised to turn over a new leaf!

Come and visit us at RosEA to put these phrases into practice, you can find us in Claustro tower 1, 10th floor or in Quinta de Mutis, in RosEA House, next to Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

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