If you’re from a country that use the Western, or Gregorian, calendar, you will probably be used to celebrating New Year. In Britain and America, this normally means going out or parties with friends and/or family. In Britain, New Year’s Day is a bank holiday, so many businesses are shut and many people don’t work. 

A long-running tradition of New Year is to think about any aspect of our lives that we think we can improve and then come up with a way to do so. It doesn’t always have to be something that we do badly, but it could be something that we’ve always wanted to try, but never had the opportunity. These plans to improve one part of our lives are called New Year’s Resolutions, because you resolve (decide firmly) to do it.

We asked the staff and students at The Leeds School of English what their New Year’s resolutions were. Here are a few examples:

Nicholas (Manager) – this year, I’m going to take more photos, as I realised I got through the whole of 2019 without taking almost any!

Monica (student) – this year, I need to pass the IELTS exam with a 6.5, so I need to do lots of studying.

Anna (teacher) – my resolutions for this year are to start having Salsa classes again – I’m out fo practice

Ekaterina (student) – I normally don’t make resolutions, but I do want to visit Scotland while I’m staying in the U.K., so I might make that my resolution

Abi (student services) – for 2020, I have resolved to learn another language. I already know Spanish and Italian, so maybe Portuguese would be a good option