New Year’s Resolutions


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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.



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)

The Question

Try and have a conversation for 2-3 minutes answering the following question.
Is it worth making new year's resolutions?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to 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?

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