It’s still early in the year, which means one thing – it’s time to make your resolutions!
“What’s a resolution?” you may be asking. Well, a resolution is a promise that you make about something that you want to change in the future.
So, why is it important to make resolutions for learning a language? Resolutions are important because they give us goals to work towards and motivate us to continue improving our skills.
Here are three resolutions you could make this year to help you improve your English. Remember, there’s no need to try and do them all. It’s much better to choose one and keep it than to make lots of resolutions and break them all.
Resolution 1: I’m going to learn 10 new words every day
10 new words every day – that’s 3650 words in a year! Many people say that native speakers of English have a vocabulary of 10,000 words on average. That would take less than three years to achieve at 10 words a day. Even if you aim for five words a day, you will still learn more than 1500 in a year.
So, where can you find all these words? Reading is a great way to find new vocabulary. Reading English newspapers will introduce you to lots of new words every day. Many newspapers are free to read online and even have video or audio sections for you to practice your listening skills.
Resolution 2: I will stop making one fossilised error each week
Fossilised errors are mistakes we make very often in our speaking and writing. We all have these problems and everyone makes slightly different ones.
Ask your teacher about the mistakes you make most often and concentrate on getting just one of them right every week. For example, if you often forget to use past tense forms, check each piece of writing you do one extra time for mistakes with past tense forms.
Focusing on one thing at a time will really help you fix these errors and because you are only concentrating on one at a time, it will be easy to remember to do it while you are speaking.
Resolution 3: I will practise English for at least 20 minutes every day.
20 minutes a day. That doesn’t sound like much, does it? It will really help you to improve, though. Practising for short periods of time, but very often, is great because it helps you to remember all the things you learnt in class and you won’t forget them before your next one.
Have you got any other English resolutions you want to make? Do you want to try one of the resolutions here? Let us know about your plans for the New Year using the comments section below.