What are your New Year's Resolutions?

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Flavia.lm 3960 1 9 90
Question: What are your New Year's Resolutions?

Suggested replies:

- Quit smoking.
- To help others who are less fortunate.
- To study more and get better grades.
- To help around the house or apartment more.
- Quit fighting with my siblings.
- To stay on my diet until I loose _ pounds.
- To do one random act of kindness each day.

Now it's your turn!
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Adriano Japan 840 2 18
Quit breaking women's hearts.
But omg, I did it again.. :cry:

w.slayman 110
Adriano Japan escreveu:Quit breaking women's hearts.
But omg, I did it again.. :cry:
Adriano,

While I can find no fault with your grammar, I am wondering if I am correct in my assumption that you might have just a smidgen of shameless grandiosity with regards to your effect on the fairer gender. ;) :lol:

Words to increase your vocabulary: look up the words and their usages. :geek: :D
Assumption
Smidgen
Grandiosity
Effect versus affect

Adriano Japan 840 2 18
Last night while having a fine dining with a japanese (girl)friend, my chinese ... girlfriend? :mrgreen: and also my neighbour called me crying and telling she can't sleep since the New Year's Eve because I don't show up at home for a week.
She also said she's feeling sick and all that stuff.. :roll: I felt so sorry for her..but what can I do if my passion to Asian culture is so strong like this?
May be better show up tonight to check if everything's ok though.. :?

Ok, let's back to the topic.
In 2011 I hope can work more and more to link cultures, and also buy a new speed bike. ☆_☆

w.slayman 110
Good morning,

Since I suggested this topic I imagine I should let everyone know what my resolutions are.

1. I resolve to commit at least one random act of kindness each day. For you Boy Scouts to "Do a good turn each day".

2. I resolve to react with a smile, to rude and inconsiderate drivers, and to yield the right of way, as opposed to getting angry at them, and expressing my displeasure with a hand gesture. ;)

3. I resolve to continue trying to help my friends on English Experts with their studies of English.

To all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

ENG_rafael 10
Well, I want to get better grades, in spite of I am ever studying a lot, maybe it is essential to be more confident. That is a life point I have worry about, sometimes I guess don't be confident as much as it is necessary in order to be who I am and what I do. Due to that, I promise to myself, this year I will develop my self-confidence.

I also want to improve my English, mainly my comprehension and conversation skills, though sometimes discouragement hangs over me when I am studying English and don't realize much progress, but studying is like that, keep on even if under difficulties.

I hope a great 2011 for you all!
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w.slayman 110
ENG_rafael escreveu:Well, I want to get better grades, in spite of I am ever studying a lot, maybe it is essential to be more confident. That is a life point I have worry about, sometimes I guess don't be confident as much as it is necessary in order to be who I am and what I do. Due to that, I promise to myself, this year I will develop my self-confidence.

I also want to improve my English, mainly my comprehension and conversation skills, though sometimes discouragement hangs over me when I am studying English and don't realize much progress, but studying is like that, keep on even if under difficulties.

I hope a great 2011 for you all!
Rafael,

Please compare the following rewrite with your original and let me know what you think.

"Well, I want to get better grades, which seem elusive in spite of the time I spend studying, maybe I need more self confidence, which is a short falling I have that sometimes limits my accomplishments. Therefore I resolve to work on developing and improving my self confidence.

I also resolve to improve my English comprehension and conversation skills, by not becoming discouraged when it appears that I am not making much progress, and by redoubling my efforts despite the difficulties I experience when studying."


I hope this rewrite helps you, my friend.

ENG_rafael 10
Bill,

I am able to understand your rewriting very well, but I have had difficulties in order to write as a native speaker would do. Therefore, it is necessary compare my version with yours. I dream about writing like you.

I have one question for you. In the second paragraph, there is the term "by" twice, as we see: "... by not becoming discouraged..." and "... by redoubling my efforts...". Can it be omitted?

Thanks and sorry for the delay :D

w.slayman 110
Rafael,

"By" (adverb) is used to describe how you are going to "improve" in the future, and in this sentence is necessary in both instances.

To eliminate by I would need to change the sentence to read something like:

"I resolve to not become discouraged when progress is not evident, and in the alternative to redouble my efforts in order to improve my English comprehension and conversation skills."

I hope this explanion is not overly confusing.

ENG_rafael 10
Bill,

I guess understood the using of "by". May I suggest an example in order to see if I am on the right way?
"Paul decided to spend more time with his family, by working just on weekdays." In this case, is "working just on
weekdays"
the way he is going to spend more with his family?

Ok, what you wrote without "by" is understandable. ;)

w.slayman 110
Rafael,

Yes, and to paraphrase "My Fair Lady", "I think he's got it. By George he's got it!" ;) :D

phnino
I hope it's not to late to tell about my New Year's Resolutions.

I've promisse to myself that I'm going to study a lot to get better grades at the high school. I have to finish it as soon as possible =)

I want to practice sports frequently than I used to in 2010. I'll get prepared to swim marathons and participate in some biathlons.

Another objective I put throught this year is be in the right way to get the betters opportunities, especially at work!

So, how it sounds ? Don't know if I've written it so good as people here did.

Regards!

Voelho
My resolutions is make more than i make in 2010, all in right direction of course, that include speak english fluently and correct some mistakes on write... that is why i am here :b

w.slayman 110
phnino escreveu:I hope it's not to late to tell about my New Year's Resolutions.

I've promisse to myself that I'm going to study a lot to get better grades at the high school. I have to finish it as soon as possible =)

I want to practice sports frequently than I used to in 2010. I'll get prepared to swim marathons and participate in some biathlons.

Another objective I put throught this year is be in the right way to get the betters opportunities, especially at work!

So, how it sounds ? Don't know if I've written it so good as people here did.

Regards!
Phnino,

Please compare my rewrite to your original and determine why I made the changes that I did, then let me know if you understand or if you have any questions.

I've promised myself that I am going to study more in order to get better grades in high school, which I have to finish as soon as possible.

I want to practice sports more frequently this year than I did in 2010, preparing to swim in marathons and participating in some biathlons.

Another of my objectives is to be prepared to grasp better opportunities as they present themselves, especially at work.

Please let me know how I have done with writing this posting.

w.slayman 110
Voelho escreveu:My resolutions is make more than i make in 2010, all in right direction of course, that include speak english fluently and correct some mistakes on write... that is why i am here :b
Veolho,

I am not sure if what I am suggesting, in the form of a rewrite, is what you intended, however if you will please compare it to your original and let me know what you think especially if you have any questions.

My New Year's Resolutions are to make more self improvements than I did in 2010, especially by improving my English fluency, both spoken and written. I have joined English Experts, in the hope of obtaining assistance in this endeavor.

Voelho
Yes, it's something like this, a "formal manner" to write and speak :D
So i have one question... Is really necessary to write the subject in the answer? Like "My New Year's Resolutions are...", in portuguese, for example, most of times we don't say that. Is for spend less time i guess...

w.slayman 110
Voelho,

While it is not absolutely necessary, I try to show a "complete" sentence, which leaves nothing to the imagination.
My relolutions are, ... . would be correct.

phnino
w.slayman escreveu:
phnino escreveu:I hope it's not to late to tell about my New Year's Resolutions.

I've promisse to myself that I'm going to study a lot to get better grades at the high school. I have to finish it as soon as possible =)

I want to practice sports frequently than I used to in 2010. I'll get prepared to swim marathons and participate in some biathlons.

Another objective I put throught this year is be in the right way to get the betters opportunities, especially at work!

So, how it sounds ? Don't know if I've written it so good as people here did.

Regards!
Phnino,

Please compare my rewrite to your original and determine why I made the changes that I did, then let me know if you understand or if you have any questions.

I've promised myself that I am going to study more in order to get better grades in high school, which I have to finish as soon as possible.

I want to practice sports more frequently this year than I did in 2010, preparing to swim in marathons and participating in some biathlons.

Another of my objectives is to be prepared to grasp better opportunities as they present themselves, especially at work.

Please let me know how I have done with writing this posting.
Perfectly! I'm always making the same basic mistakes!
Thanks for you help and support. After reading what you wrote I knew what I need to study to get better in written.

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w.slayman 110
Phnino,

I am happy that I was able to help you, as well as all my friends here on EE.

phnino
I'm reading what wrote and it's funny to see that I haven't pratice sports since there, but I got prepared for better opportunities!

It'll be nice if everyone who has written come back at the end of the year!

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