Lekcja angielskiego – New Year!

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The topic for today is “New Year’s resolutions”.

Task 1
Read the text below to get the general idea:

New Year’s resolutions are made every year by almost 45% of Americans in comparison to 38% who claim that they absolutely never make any promises. Among top ten most common pledges are: to lose weight (38%), get organized, spend less/ save more (34%), stay fit and healthy, learn something exciting, quit smoking or have more time for a family (31%). It means that almost 40% of adult Americans are not satisfied with their body size and more than one third of American population is concerned with money matters or relationship related issues.

Statistics indicate that three fourth of American respondents are willing to maintain their New Year’s resolutions through the first week of the new year, but only 46% are able to keep them for as long as six months. Surprisingly, only 8 percent of people become successful in achieving their goals in the end.

There are, however, effective ways to make things work. According to experts, it is possible to succeed if you follow certain guidelines. The key to victory lies in careful planning, perseverance and determination. The first tip says that you should have realistic expectations – just do not exaggerate with numbers, the quality matters here. The second one stresses the simplicity of your task – keep it as simple as possible. The third tip advocates tangibility of your aims – make your resolutions rational and measurable. The fourth one recommends sharing your goals with others and making them obvious – a short to-do list on your Facebook account will do to seek understanding and your friends’ support. Finally, believe that you can do it – stay optimistic, be determined and strong-willed. Never give up, because it is entirely up to you to reach the summit of your personal Mount Everest this year. Happy New Year and may your dreams come true.

Task 2
Study the text carefully and mark the sentence below as true (T) or false (F):

1.    Most of American citizens make New Year’s resolutions. ……
2.    Less than 40% of American adults want to be fit and healthy. ……
3.    More than 30% of people in America want to give up smoking. ……
4.    75% of the respondents can maintain their goals for one week. ……
5.    Not even one in tenth is able to achieve a result. ……
6.    More than 40% of respondents strive for six months. ……
7.    New Year’s resolutions require careful planning. ……
8.    A long list of unattainable goals is a really bad idea. ……
9.    Facebook might be helpful in achieving rational aims. ……
10.  Sharing resolutions with friends might be beneficial. ……

Task 3
Watch the video “New Year’s resolutions for the workplace” and fill in the gaps in the text below with one word only:

There are handful of useful (1) ……………………. to help you (2) ………………. all the digital clippings in one place.
Evernote is a popular service that lets you organize online documents and articles, pd files, photos and even scanned (3) …………………… notes all in one place.
Add (4) ……………….. to these pages and you can easily search them in the future.
Clipix is a similar free app for i-phones which also lets you organize your digital discoveries into (5) …………………… boards. You can keep them private or share them with friends and co-workers.
Timeful is another great, free app for i-phone (6) …………………… that helps people to make the most of their time. See if you are trying to fit in a few minutes of exercise every day or if you want to spend 10 minutes every day cleaning your email box, or if you want to find some time for what will (7) ………………. your sense of productivity and make suggestions when you can (8) …………………… in a desired activity.
And the users will (9) ………………. from a free app called Twenty as they stand up every twenty minutes. Once you have started your day, activate the app and your phone will vibrate every 20 minutes (10) …………………. you to stand up.

ANSWER KEY

Task 2                                                                     
1. F
2. F
3. F
4. T
5. T
6. T
7. T
8. T
9. T
10. T

Task 3
1. apps
2. collect
3. handwritten
4. tags
5. bulleted
6. users
7. enhance
8. squeeze
9. benefit
10. reminding