Wanted: Fitness, Health, Wealth and Mental Cases!

wantedIn January a lot of people make resolutions to get fitter, healthier and wealthier.  And predictably, so do I.  However, I also want my life to be a bit crazier, a little bit more eccentric and I want to meet some people who are just on the right side of clinically insane.  So with this in mind, I’d like your advice. What things should I give up, take up and cut down on in order to ‘shake up’ my life ?

Finally, because finding friends online seems to be the most effective method of the 21st Century, I’m going to post an e-Bay advert to try to attract some of the aforementioned nutjobs.  So, what should I write?   For example: Yorkshire woman desperately seeks nutjobs for thrill-seeking adventures. Mmmm, perhaps not!

Obviously, I need your help!

Resolutions: I promise to..

resolutions perfectHave you made any resolutions yet?  If not, why not listen to people talking about the things they are going to take up, give up and cut down on?  I’m keen on the girl who says: ”I’m going to say, ‘hi’ more”.

Truth be told, I don’t think I do this enough.  Yep, I’m a British girl with a heart of stone who is usually not paying attention to the things right in front of her nose. So, from now on, I’m also going to say ‘hi’ to complete strangers and if I get committed to the nearest ‘funny farm’, would someone please come and bail me out?

To stick to something

stick toTo stick to something is a phrasal verb which means you do what you say you are going to do.

For example, my neighbours have recently complained about me singing in the shower and although I don’t completely understand why they don’t appreciate my musical renditions of American rap music, I did make a promise to them to try to stop. However, sticking to this promise is driving me around the bend so now I have to stick a flannel in my mouth to prevent me from belting out a tune.

In hindsight, I should have told them to shut up complaining and put ear plugs in. Seriously, life without music just isn’t right unless of course Celine Dion is singing and then I’d rather slit my own wrists.  All that romantic ‘jibber jabber’ and ‘I can’t go on without you’ just gets on my nerves! Am I right, or what?!

VOCABULARY CHALLENGE: Feelings

Adjectives to describe feelings:

Emotions and feelings are complex, and we have a lot of vocabulary to describe how we are feeling.  It is often difficult to remember new vocabulary so try to connect the words to situations that mean something to you.  We are more likely to remember things that are personal, than things that we can’t connect to our lives.

Don’t forget to learn verb preposition collocations.

feelings and prepositions
Can you answer the following questions?

  1. What are you usually embarrassed by?
  2. What makes you fed up?
  3. What are you concerned about?
  4. Are you scared of anything?
  5. When was the last time you were angry with someone?
  6. When was the last time you were nervous about something?

VOCABULARY CHALLENGE: Feelings

Adjectives to describe feelings:

Emotions and feelings are complex, and we have a lot of vocabulary to describe how we are feeling.  It is often difficult to remember new vocabulary so try to connect the words to situations that mean something to you.  We are more likely to remember things that are personal, than things that we can’t connect to our lives.

Don’t forget to learn verb preposition collocations.

feelings and prepositions

VOCABULARY CHALLENGE: Making Friends

get on wellRelationships with friends, family and partners are often cited as the top reason for making people happy.  Can you complete the following phrases?

Add the missing prepositions:  in, out , to, from, up, on, with
To get …..well  with someone To get .know someone To get…. like a house on fire
To chat someone…….. To do…with someone To finish …….. someone
To split… with someone To fall…………….love (with someone) To get engaged…….. someone
To be ….. love……someone To fancy…….someone To propose …….. someone
To ask someone….. To separate …… someone To be attracted to …… someone To
To get married ….. someone To have a crush ….. someone To flirt ….. someone

VOCABULARY CHALLENGE: IDIOMS AND FOOD

Idioms with food in the expression.

Can you guess the meaning of these idioms from the example sentence?

IDIOM EXAMPLE
(have a) bun in the oven Sara won’t come to the pub because she has a bun in the oven.
big cheese I thought I was just going to interview the secretary, but they let me talk to the big cheese himself.
bread and butter Just explain the bread and butter of your report. You don’t have to go into details.
bring home the bacon My husband has had to bring home the bacon ever since I stopped working
cheesy I love reading cheesy romance novels because I don’t have to think.
To be cool as a cucumber I thought I was afraid of flying, but I was cool as a cucumber during the flight.
(not my) cup of tea Opera isn’t my cup of tea.
To be full of beans The kids were full of beans after the circus.
piece of cake The exam was a piece of cake.

VOCABULARY CHALLENGE: NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

Connect verbs, or verb phrases to nouns.

Can you use the following words to make a sentences?

VOCABULARY SENTENCES
1 To give up I’m going to give up eating junk food.
2 To quit
3 To give something a go
4 To make a promise
5 To take up something
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