New Year: Open your mind – love to read – love Ted!

As a bookworm, I am mad about reading. Books are educational, informative and entertaining.  They give you the opportunity to experience countries and cultures that you have never been to.  They give you the opportunity to think about things in completely different ways.

 

 

Furthermore, reading in English, will quickly help you to improve your language skills and reinforce useful structures, phrases and ideas in context.  In light of this, why not listen to a Ted talks presentation by Lisa Bu who gives us her thoughts about the magic of books? Books can open your mind!

New Year: New Verb Phrases

A new year, a new you!

Well, experientially speaking, my ´new me´ lasts about 2-4 weeks. However, in this very short space of time, I can feel smug about trying to save the polar bear, sticking to the recommended amount of daily alcohol consumption, and eating spinach.

How about you? Do you start every new year with your best foot forward? Do you join in and make resolutions to improve yourself and your life? If so, perhaps some of these phrases will be useful.

1 To give up+ ING / Noun
2 To quit + ING / Noun
3 To give something a go
4 To make a promise to do something
5 To take up + ING / Noun
6 To fancy doing something new
7 To try something new
8 To reduce doing something
9 To increase doing something
10 To start up + Noun
11 To cut down+ ING
12 To make amends
13 To apologise for doing something

If you want to learn more things about New Year´s resolutions, take a look at the New Year´s Resolutions section of the Inglés Málaga blog

New Year’s Resolutions

NYR1So, what are they, and, are they a good thing, or are they a bad thing?

Firstly, a resolution is a promise that you make to yourself which you hope will improve your life in some way.

Secondly, I think resolutions are constructive as they enable you to think about what you want out of life rather than be directed by the humdrum of daily life.  Having said that, they aren’t easy to stick to.

Finally, it is said that the most common resolutions people make are connected to the categories of: health, finance, career, family, and happiness.  In light of this, I’m going to do the same.  How about you?  Are you going to make any resolutions? Any tips for sticking to them?

A-levels vs the International Baccalaureate: which makes a more rounded student?

Lecturer in Education, University of Bath

Few would disagree that a good education means more than just exam results. The benefits of non-academic experiences – from sports competitions, charity events, or school plays – have been shown to lead to more than just happy memories.

Evidence shows that taking part in extracurricular activities can support academic attainment, even into adulthood, as well as bringing personal benefits such as social skills, improved well-being, and self-confidence.

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