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“新年计划 (Xīnnián jìhuà)” – New Year’s Resolutions in Mandarin!

Dec. 31, 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, the New Year 2014 is approaching. During this time, people will not only look back to the past, but will, more importantly, look forward to the upcoming year. It's a time to reflect on the changes we want or need to make and to find the resolve to follow through on those changes. So you may need a list of “新年计划 (Xīnnián jìhuà), New Year’s resolutions.” Below, we will pick out the ten most popular New Year's resolutions. Let's see whether your New Year's resolutions are included in this list.

1. Lose Weight 减肥 (jiǎnféi)

 

2. Exercise More 多运动 (duō yùndòng)

 

3. Quit Smoking or Drinking 戒烟戒酒 (jiè yān jiè jiǔ)

 

4. Spend Time with Family 陪家人 (péi jiā rén)

 

5. Travel to New Places 去旅行 (qù lǚxíng

 

6. Learn a New Language 学一门新的语言 (xué yì mén xīn de yǔyán)

 

7. Spend Less, Save More 少花钱,多节省 (shǎo huāqián, duō jiéshěng)

 

8. Fall in Love 谈恋爱 (tán liàn’ài)

 

9. Enjoy Life 享受生活 (xiǎngshòu shēnghuó)

 

10. Do More Reading 看更多的书 (kàn gèngduō de shū)

 

Dialogue:

          Nǐmen de xīnnián jìhuà shì shénme?
Tom:  你们    的  新年    计划  是  什么?

 

         What are your New Year's resolutions?    

Liú Xīn: Wǒ de xīnnián jìhuà shì yǒu jīhuì qù lǚxínɡ hé xiǎngshòu shēnghuó.
刘  心:   我  的  新年    计划  是  有   机会  去 旅行   和  享受          生活。

 

Liu Xin: My New Year's resolutions are to travel to new places and enjoy life more.

         Wǒ xīwàng zìjǐ  jiǎnféi chénggōng, érqiě jiè yān jiè jiǔ.
Mary: 我  希望   自己 减肥   成功,         而且  戒 烟   戒 酒。

 

         I hope I can lose weight successfully and quit smoking and drinking.

Lǐ Míng: Wǒ qùnián gōnɡzuò hěn máng, xīwàng xīn de yì nián yǒu gèngduō de shíjiān péi jiā
李 明:   我  去年     工作       很   忙,    希望    新   的 一 年    有   更多        的  时间    陪  家

rén.
人。

 

Li Ming: I was very busy last year, so I hope I can spend more time with my family in the new year.

 

Exercises

1. Recently Tom has been worrying about his poor health, so his New Year's resolution would not be___.

A. 多运动 (duō yùndòng)

B. 戒烟戒酒 (jiè yān jiè jiǔ)

C. 学一门新的语言 (xué yì mén xīn de yǔyán)

2. If someone wants to talk about their New Year's resolutions. Then they will start with___.

A. 我的新年梦想是……(Wǒ de xīnnián mènɡxiǎng shì…)

B. 我的新年理想是……(Wǒ de xīnnián lǐxiǎnɡ shì…)

C. 我的新年计划是……(Wǒ de xīnnián jìhuà shì…)

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