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Episode 09: New Year's resolutions

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

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.

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Task 4

Find the adjectives - use the clues to help you!



Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


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.

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.

I'm excited to think what Sarah will say next :-)

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