New Year, new you?

Traditional New Year resolutions shunned in favour of reading and saving money

 
New technology and healthier lifestyles mean three quarters of Britons have scrapped "old fashioned" vows relating to smoking, alcohol and exercise.

Current top resolutions are reading more books and saving money, the poll of 2,000 people found.

The third biggest aim is losing weight while redecorating the house came fourth. In fifth place was taking better photographs on iPhones or iPads.

Quitting smoking and drinking less were only ranked as the 22nd and 26th most popular resolutions for 2013.
 
 
 
 
Vocabulary:
 
a New Year resolution - un propósito
 
to shun (ignore, reject) - rechazar
 
to save money - ahorrar dinero
 
such as (like) - como
 
to quit smoking (give up, stop) - dejar de fumar
 
to replace - sostituir
 
to scrap (abandon) - desechar
 
a vow (a promise) v/n - un voto / prometer
 
current (adj) - actual
 
a poll - una encuesta
 
an aim - un objectivo
 
to come first, fourth ... - quedar primero, cuarto...
 
to rank - clasificar
 
an amount - una cantidad

a research (a study) - una investigación
 
to commission (order) - encargar
 
a chain - una cadena
 
to upgrade (improve) -  mejorar
 
to top up (add more) - rellenar
 
to play a part in stg (be partly responsible for) - contribuir 
 
huge (enormous) - enorme / importante
 
to pledge (give word of honour) - dar la palabra
 
to text sb (send SMS) - enviar SMS
 
to slash (cut) - recortar
 
hectic (very busy) - frenético
 
a balanced diet - una dieta equilibrado
 
to unearth (discover) - desvelar
 
gossip v/n - cotillear, un cotilla, cotilleo
 
to cut down on stg (do stg less) - reducir
 
courage (bravery) - valentía, coraje
 
brave (courageous) - valiente
 
to wave goodbye to stg - lit. decir adiós con la mano / despedirse de
 
a trend - una tendencia
 
long-term - a largo plazo
 
a target - un objectivo
 
rather than (instead of) - en lugar de / más que
 
a waste of time - una pérdida de tiempo
 
to stick to stg - persistir
 
indeed -  de hecho (in other contexts "en efecto")

average - promedio / medio

approach - enfoque
 
instead - en cambio
 
to set a target (decide) - fijarse un objectivo
 
overall (complete) - en general
 
fit - en forma
 
to seek to - intentar
 
the top spot - el puesto número uno
 
to set your sights on stg - anhelar algo
 
a flat stomach - un vientre plano
 
bite-size - pequeño / de bocado
 
to reward - recompensar
 
drive (push) - determinación
 
to last - durar
 
a quick fix - una solución rapida
 
to disappoint - decepcionar / defraudar
 
a commitment (obligation) - un compromiso
 
membership - afiliación
 
to sign up - apuntarse
 
support - apoyo
 
beyond (outside limits) - más alla de

range from - desde...a...
 
ongoing (continuous) - en desarrollo

stuff - cosas

revamp - renovar

bungee jumping - puenting
 
 
 
Vocabulary Practice:
 
Complete the sentences with one of the above words or expressions (in its correct form):
  1. They carried out a ___ to find out people's opinions on their plans.
  2. The meeting was really long. It ___ for about 4 hours.
  3. It requires a lot of ___ to what you did. Most people would be too afraid.
  4. The ___ Spaniard goes out to eat twice a week and goes to the cinema once a month.
  5. ___ phone her, he wrote her a letter.
  6. If  you ___ in January, you will get an extra month of classes for free.
  7. What is all this ___ doing on the floor? Pick it all up.
  8. I think we should ___ the whole idea. It'll never work.
  9. We've had a ___ few weeks.Hopefully, things will be quieter soon.
  10. The government is unlikely to achieve its ___ of 2.5% annual growth.
  11. I've got too many ___ at the moment to be able to take on anything more.
  12. I was ___ to business class on my flight to Paris.

Write some example sentences with some of the other words.


 


Comments

Montse said…
Hi, Graham. Another more year ahead!!! How was your holiday at home? I hope it was fantastic.
I have the same resolution every year…To lose the weight I have gained during season Chritsmas!!! LOL.
And, what about your resolutions?

1. They carried out a poll to find out people's opinions on their plans.
2. The meeting was really long. It lasted for about 4 hours.
3. It requires a lot of courage to what you did. Most people would be too afraid.
4. The average Spaniard goes out to eat twice a week and goes to the cinema once a month.
5. Rather than phone her, he wrote her a letter.
6. If you sign up in January, you will get an extra month of classes for free.
7. What is all this stuff doing on the floor? Pick it all up.
8. I think we should scrap the whole idea. It'll never work.
9. We've had a hectic few weeks. Hopefully, things will be quieter soon.
10. The government is unlikely to achieve its aims of 2.5% annual growth.
11. I've got too many commitments at the moment to be able to take on anything more.
12. I was upgraded to business class on my flight to Paris.
More sentences about vocabulary:
- We’ll have to slash expenses if we want to make ends meet.
- I pledged her that I would keep her secret.
- If you want to lose weight it is important to maintain a balanced diet.
- They had to take a quick fix in order to save the company.
- Membership to the party increased a lot last year.
- If you want to get a flat stomach you’ll have to do sit-ups every day.
Graham said…
Hi Montse!

I enjoyed being at home spending time with my parents. I didn't do anything exciting at all but that's just what I wanted.

As for resolutions, I have a few ideas going around in my head but I haven't started any of them yet. Instead of "I will", I prefer to say "I should" or "I'd like to".


10. The government is unlikely to achieve its target of 2.5% annual growth.

Put "target aim" into the search bar at the top of the blog.


Maybe I didn't translate "to pledge" so well. It means to promise to do stg. (in a formal way)
eg The government pledged/made a pledge to lower taxes.
Maybe "comprometer" would be a better translation.

They had to come up with /find a quick fix in order to save the company.

Membership of the party increased a lot last year.

Good work, Montse!
Hi Graham! I have read the post and it's very interesting because I have discovered how many new year resolutions people want to achieve.
Graham said…
Hi Ana,

It's always good to see a keen student; especially at the start of a course.

Take a note of some of the expressions you feel could be useful.

I think this article is appropriate for post summer too. Infact, it's probably easier to stick to a resolution at this time of year.

Having said that, I turned vegetarian at the start of 2013. I think it was one of my wisest decisions.



Keep up the good work.

See you on Tuesday.
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham! It's Inés

1. poll
2. lasted
3. courage
4. average
5. Rather than
6. sign up
7. stuff
8. scrap
9. hectic
10. target
11. commitments
12. upgraded

More sentences:
-Everything she did last year dissapointed her parents.
-We should find a quick fix to this problem before your boss arrives.
-She hanged some posters on the street walls offering a reward for the person that found her lost dog.
-Dancing the Gangnam Style was a trend last year.

See you on Wednesday!
Graham said…
Hi Inés,

I'm finally getting around to correcting your comment.

Well there is nothing really to correct LOL.

Just that I'd say Gangnam Style was a "craze" rather than a "trend",

See you Wednesday.