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

Written by Chris Rose.


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Dear English Team,
I hope you are well and happy. I have a question that could you recommend any novels for intermediate English level student. if yes how can we get it? as here in Afghanistan it is difficult to find it. if it is possible to you to put in your website a few books like novels or other prose books according to the student level it might quench English learners reading thirst.

Hello Omer Gul,

I can't really recommend novels without knowing a lot more about you. However, I can point you to the Project Gutenberg, where you can find many free books.

You can do a search for books you know there, and you could also search for 'graded' to see if they have books for people learning English.

I hope that's helpful.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

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,


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,


The LearnEnglish Team

My New Year's Resolution is to probably sit my CAE exam.