Resolutions, predictions, plans...

Look at the following examples that express hopes, plans and so on for the New Year. Then write some of your own ideas for the year ahead.


Hopes:

I hope (that) I'll have more free time to do sport.

I hope to visit my uncle in London this year. I haven't seen him for years.


I wouldn't mind changing job. I'm not happy with the one I have.

I'd love to set up my own business but I don't know if I have the determination to succeed.

I'd like to go to the theatre more. I only went once last year.



Resolutions / promises:

I'll try to go to the gym three times a week.

I won't drink so much.                               (See post on will for promises, offers...)



Future plans / arrangements:

I'm going to get married in May.

I'm having my summer holidays in September this year.    (See post on future forms)



Possibilities:

I might to go skiing next month.      (See post on might)



Personal obligations / necessities:

I must to improve my English. My colleagues speak better than I do.

I need to get fit. I'm overweight.

I should to telephone my parents more often.     (See post on should)



Happy / excited about a future plan:

I am looking forward to seeing my parents at Easter.     (See post on confusing words)



Predictions:

I think the King will abdicate soon.

I doubt Andy Murray will win Wimbledon this year.            (See post on predictions)      

Comments

Roberto said…
I´m going to come back to my english class in a couple of days. I´ll try to play the guitar more often this year. I´m looking forward to come back to my Martial Arts training. I should go to the dentist this month. I hope to have enough money to travel abroad this summer. I think this year will be better than the last one.
Graham said…
Roberto,

Where were you today? Don't worry, you weren't the only one to miss today's class.

I´m going to go back to my English class in a couple of days.

I´m looking forward to going back to my Martial Arts training.


See you on Thursday.

Laura Grande said…
Hello Graham!!
My New Year´s resolutions:
1. This year I´m going to study English more deeply.
2. I hope to travel much more around Spain.
3. I might to get a job in a school.
4. I must do more exercise because I need to get fit.
5. I should do more courses (online or face-to-face) about my profession.
6. I hope I´ll get the FCE al the end of this year.
Graham said…
Hi Laura,

I should travel more around Spain too.

I still haven't been to Asturias.

I was in Galicia once but I didn't see much of the countryside. I was there to take part in the sabotage of a fox hunting "festival": http://madteachergraham2.blogspot.com.es/2009/02/ban-hunting.html

I might go again this year.

You'll have to work really hard to get the FCE by the end of this year but it is a possibility.

You could start doing some FCE related work on your own. Remind me after class and I will give you some advice about what to do.


3. I might get a job in a school.


See you next Monday.
Laura Grande said…
Uhm, I just read your coment.
I think you want afraid me a bit. Everyone has told me that the FCE is not soooo dificult.
But I agree: I have to work very hard.
If you could give some advises I would be thankful.
See you on monday!!
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham! It's Inés
-I hope I'll have more time to spend with my sister.
-I'd like to have tennis classes.
-I'll try to go running at weekends.
-I'm going to go to England in March.
-I should study everyday, not only at weekends.
-I'm looking forward to seeing my English partner in February.
-I doubt the employment will increase this year.

See you on Wednesday
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham, I am Jose luis:

My new year´s resolutions are:

I Hope to get a new job. It is the most important for me.

I have started to go to the gim, and I would like to go at least three times a week and don´t give it up at the next month.

Finally, I hope to be a better person this year, and help more to the people in need.
Graham said…
Hi Laura,

The FCE isn't so difficult but you need to practice a lot of the exam-style exercises.


Uhm, I've just read your coment.
I think you want to scare me.

If you could give *some advice I would be grateful.


*http://madteachergraham2.blogspot.com.es/2012/02/common-uncountables.html

Graham said…
Hi Inés,

-I'll try to go running at weekends. (Really? But I though you hated it)

-I doubt employment will increase this year. / I doubt unemployment will fall.

Well done.
Graham said…
Hi José Luis,

I have 2 students called José Luis this year.

Judging by your resolutions, I think you are the JL from my UINT class. I'm right, aren't I?

So this is your first comment on the blog. Congratulations. I hope this is the first of many. :-)


It's Jose Luis. (see my latest post - "Who is it? It's me")

I hope to get a new job. It is the most important thing for me.

I have started to go to the gym, and I would like to go at least three times a week and not give it up after just a month.

I should join a gym too. I might also try to learn to swim if I'm brave enough.

Finally, I hope to be a better person this year, and help more people who are in need.

See you tomorrow.
Anonymous said…
Hi!

It´s Nuria.

I haven´t got some unusual New Year´s resolutions. Maybe I don´t need to stop smoking, because I don´t smoke, and I don´t plan to lose weight, because I have no time to cook special food. As everyone I must start to eat healthier and give up fast food. However, I´m concerned about other things.


This year, I´ll try to improve my teaching skills to get a job at the University. Therefore, I´m going to take up a new postgraduate course in September.


I hope to carry on being healthy and studying English, because I should go to England in summer to improve my way of pronouncing.


And I must save money. My sister in law is pregnant and I will need to travel to Italy twice at least. I´m looking forward to metting the baby.


And, of course, I hope I will become a better person :)

And what about you??

Sarucabe said…
Hi Graham!
It' Sara (Upint, classmate of Nuria, Laura, JL...)
My New Year Resolution, even thought, like Nuria, I don't smoke, I don't drink a lot, I don't have a lot of time (neither enthusiasm) to make an special diet, :) are the next:
- I hope to meet more time my friends, and to spend more time whit him
- I would like to pass in may, a week end with my degree fiends
- I'll try pass part of my holidays whit my brothers
- I might go skiing in february to Andorra with my friends
- And finally, but not the less important, I must find a good and interesting job

And see you tomorrow.
Graham said…
OMG!!!!!!!!!

I've just written a longish reply to Nuria and the comment has disappeared who knows where. I can't have clicked the publish tab.

Grrrrrrrrrr.

Excuse me while I throw some furniture around the room.


Graham said…
Hi Nuria,

Let's see if I have better luck this time. I said something like this:

I'm really proud of what I achieved last year. I think it shows that it is possible to keep a resolution and change your life for the better.

It's all just a matter of will.

I'm getting into jogging so I hope I will keep that up.

I might join a gym again and I've even been thinking about having swimming lessons. I can't swim so it's about time I learnt. I'd need a patient instructor.

There are a few other things that I might do but I'm not going to stress myself out over them.



I haven´t got any unusual New Year´s resolutions. I certainly don´t need to stop smoking because I don´t smoke,... Like everyone else I must start to eat healthier ...

And I must save money. My sister in law is pregnant and I will need to travel to Italy, at least twice.



Ok done a second time!
Graham said…
Hi Sara,

Finally, you've made it onto the blog. Congratulations! :-)

I hope this won't be your last comment.

I know you are busy with the likes of padel :-) but I'm sure you can find a few minutes to do something here.


My New Year Resolutions, even though, like Nuria, I don't smoke, I don't drink a lot, I don't have a lot of time nor the enthusiasm to start a special diet, :) are the following :
- I hope to meet my friends more often, and spend more time with them.
- I would like to spend a weekend in May with my friends from university
- I'll try to spend part of my holidays with my brothers.
- I might go skiing to Andorra in February with my friends
- And last, but by no means the least important, I must find a good, interesting job.


See you tomorrow.
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham! I'm Alicia:
-I hope I'll have more time to spend with my family.
-I'd like to travel around the world.
-I'll try to do sport every day and eat more healthy food and less chocolate.
-I'm going to go to Strasbourg to see my cousin on the 29th of January.
-I should read more.
-I'm looking forward to going to England on March!
-I doubt the polar bears will survived and won't die because of the hot.
Anonymous said…
HAHAHAHAHA (something like LOL??)!!

Graham, how are your furniture?? I´m proud of you! :)))

And about swimming lessons: go for it! Sometimes, to swim could be a relaxing activity, and it´s great when you can do it in the sea!

Nuria.




Graham said…
Hi Alicia,

We say "it's + your name" when saying hello, just like if you are speaking on the phone.
See the post:
http://madteachergraham2.blogspot.com.es/2014/01/who-is-it-its-me.html

-I'm looking forward to going to England in March!
-I doubt the polar bears will become extinct and won't die because of the heat. (I'm not sure if this is what you meant)

Graham said…
Hi Nuria,

how your ??

I managed to control myself in the end. I can't afford to replace things that I break.

Sometimes, swimming could be a relaxing activity, and it´s great when you can do it in the sea!

I wish I could put my head below water but I really don't know if I'll be able to .


Graham said…
How is your furniture?
Hi! Graham. It's Ana
I had read the post. I think it's very useful. I hope to use them more frecuently.