Is it worth making new years resolutions?


Read through the following text and look up any vocabulary you are not sure about before answering the questions.

Conversation Summary

The start of a new year is a time where 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 years resolutions.

Even though it is very common to make new years 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 years resolutions, and whether it is worth making new years resolutions is a question you should ask yourself before deciding if you are going to make a new years resolution.


  • Why do so many people make New Years resolutions?
  • Why do so many people fail to stick to their New Years resolutions?
  • What should you do to ensure you keep to your resolutions?
  • What makes a good New Years resolution?
  • What makes a bad New Years resolution?
  • What New Years resolution do you have?
  • If you knew you could achieve it what resolutions would you make?

Key Vocabulary

Stick (to something) verb
Give up phrasal verb
Take up phrasal verb
Hobby noun
Achievable adjective
Realistic adjective

Additional Exercises

Phrasal Verbs

Think of a sentence using each of the following phrasal verbs relating to this topic:

  • Give up 
    example: I am going to give up smoking
  • Let down
  • Take up
  • Cut down on
  • Work out

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