New Year’s Resolutions

Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 9, 2019 and last updated on February 4, 2023

The start of a new year is a time when many people decide to make a change in their lives, whether it be to lose weight, give up smoking or something else. These changes are called new year’s resolutions.

Even though it is very common to make new year’s resolutions, statistically most people fail to stick to them and will give up by the end of January. Why people find it so difficult to stick to their new year’s resolutions, and whether it is worth making new year’s resolutions is a question you should ask yourself before deciding if you are going to make a new year’s resolution.


Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • stick (to something) (verb)
  • give up (phrasal verb)
  • take up (phrasal verb)
  • hobby (noun)
  • achievable (adjective)
  • realistic (adjective)

Conversation Questions

  • Is it worth making new year's resolutions?
  • Why do so many people make New Year's resolutions?
  • Why do so many people fail to stick to their New Year's resolutions?
  • What should you do to ensure you keep to your resolutions?
  • What makes a good New Year's resolution?
  • What makes a bad New Year's resolution?
  • What New Year's resolution do you have?
  • If you knew you could achieve it what resolutions would you make?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.