Listening- Woman’s Hour: New Year’s Resolutions (C1)

Listen to this clip from BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, where two speakers exchange their views on New Year’s resolutions. For questions 1-6, choose the best answer (a,b or c). You can listen to the clip twice.

listening- January fads (C1)

You may have heard of Januhairy, Veganuary, or Dry January. They are closely related to New Year’s resolutions, those challenges or pledges people tend to make at the beginning of every new year to better themselves. They are also labelled by some as ‘fads’ (intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived). Other such fads arise every year, however far-fetched some of those may be.

Listen to these clips from BBC Radio Jersey The two radio hosts discuss January fads related to New Year’s resolutions. Listen to the clips (1-7) and match each of the headings below to one of the clips. Then answer the questions on the google form below. Clip #0 is only intended as an introduction (there is no heading). There is one more heading than needed. You can listen to the clips twice:

  • a. both hosts had agreed on choosing this term before sharing their lists.
  • b.This challenge may imply going the extra mile in your interests or abilities.
  • c.This challenge may call for extra expenses.
  • d. The hosts disagree about the suitability of this challenge
  • e. This term is related to the Arts
  • f. In his view, it’s an activity you should only take up in January.
  • g. This term may have two meanings
  • h. The hosts are unsure about the pronunciation of the term.

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You can finally listen again and read the transcripts:

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Follow-up: You can also watch this clip from the Breakfast TV show Good Morning Britain, where two commentators discuss the convenience of this sort of fads and resolutions:

You can also try this listening comprehension exercise: Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

Run for your bun pop-up café

This pop-up café opened in London just for a few days. Read the following texts and put the missing sentences back where they should be. There is one extra sentence you do not need to use.

Reading- B2
Reading -C1

Watch the video(s) to know about its objectives and how it worked:

You may also read the posts below:

New Year’s resolutions-exercises

2019 has already begun, so it’s time to turn over a new leaf. Or is it?

There are lots of idioms related to New Year’s resolutions. You can practise some of them with this exercise. To check your answers, visit the original blog post here.

Is language learning one of your New Year’s resolutions? You may be interested then in the recommendations this spokesperson from the British Council gives in this interview:

You can also listen to these three women discussing their views on New Year’s resolutions on BBC Radio Oxford:

You can find some interesting expressions related to New Year’s resolutions in this infographic and video from BBC Learning English:

Link to tweet with video

You may be considering ambitious New Year’s resolutions like these Scotsmen…

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Or perhaps you are settling for more realistic, short-term goals– Forget resolutions: Try something new for 30 days.

In any case, Happy New Year!

New Year’s Eve & Auld Lang Syne

Do you know “Auld Lang Syne”? It’s a Scottish folk song, which is traditionally sung in English-speaking countries at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, to welcome the New Year. It features in such classical films as It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) and When Harry Met Sally (Rob Reiner 1989), among others:

Despite its popularity, however, apparently only 3% of British people actually know the full lyrics to it, according to a recent survey. You can read more about this here, or listen to the news report below:

You can listen to a rendition of the song by Rod Stewart and other stars like Kylie Minogue (with lyrics) below:

Happy New Year 2018 to everyone! 

New Year’s resolutions (year 1)

These are your New Year’s resolutions. I hope you can stick to them until the end of the year!

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