Everyone is talking about their New Year's resolutions but why does Carlos feel so shy about mentioning his?

Written by Chris Rose.

Instructions

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

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Task

Complete the sentences by dragging the names into the gaps.

Exercise

Task 2

Read the example sentences and then complete the rules.

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Task 3

Match the two parts to make common expressions.

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Task 4

Find the adjectives - use the clues to help you!

Exercise

Comments

Hello Learn English Team,
I'm from Vietnam and I'm new here. I'm very excited to find out this useful website.
Could you please explain to me why Bindyu says:"I thought we were going to the cinema?"? Why does she use past tense when something doesn't happen?
Thank you in advance!

Hello TUAT,

If we are talking about a plan which is still true then we say

I think we are going to the cinema [I think this now, and this is still the plan]

When our understanding of the plan has changed and we want to talk about the old plan we say

I thought we were going to the cinema [I don't think this any more, and the plan is different]

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

my new year resolution I have to give up smoking and drinking wine. and I like this episode very nice

Hi everyone!

This topic it's really interesting, because it's something that everybody must think about it.When the new year it's coming some times everybody want to change something and this is a good time to tray to change. So let's do it!

Hello, LearnEnglish Team!
I've spent much time to find out in Task 4 what word is opposite to "small". I thought it's a "big". So I have an offering. May be should change "small" on another word that doesn't have double opposite meaning. Listener yarski also wrote about this problem two years ago.

Hello krig,

Thank you for your suggestion. If you think about it, you'll see that most of the words in the questions have multiple possible answers. For example, the opposite of 'old' (for things) could be 'new', 'modern' or 'up-to-date'. This is deliberate: it means the person doing the task has to first think of all the possible antonyms and then see if they can find any of them. It means more thinking and more reflection, which means better learning.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

i had have many plans for a new year, but from now i still perform them yet. i feel i fail completedly in this year. i feel a bit frustrated, but i'll try more and more to achieve many success in the near future.

It's grate and interesting story to learn English, I found it's very fun and easy to learn some very common but colloquial expressions, I have learned and lisen to the stroy from series one, and the course incearsed the difficault gradually, thanks for the team's grate job! I really like it.

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