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Résolutions du Nouvel An 🎊

Résolutions du Nouvel An 🎊

New Year's Resolutions

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Salut tout le monde ! 👋 et Bonne année à tous !

Andddd we’re back from the holiday break.

A big welcome to readers old and new! 🇫🇷
January is the time of year when new language adventures often begin, or people recommit to old ones. And I can’t wait to be part of your language journey for 2024.

If you’re serious and want to commit to learning French this year, I have a special offer coming your way to help you do just that!

As we naturally take stock in January it can also be a time of high expectations, frustration, and stress. And I always strive to create a zone of calm and confidence for students.

So take a deep breathe, and show yourself some grace as we hear about New Year’s resolutions…

As I said, I hope spending some time with me is part of yours! 🎊

Gros Bisous
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Résolutions du Nouvel An 🎊 

Dialogue Audio 🎧


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Dialogue du Jour

Axel: Alors Lucie, as-tu pensé à tes résolutions pour la nouvelle année 2024 ?

Lucie: Oui, je vais jeter un œil ✪ sur mes habitudes alimentaires. Je pense qu'il est temps de manger plus sainement.

Axel: C'est une bonne idée. Moi, je vais être prems ✪ à me remettre au sport régulièrement. Ça fait trop longtemps que je remets ça à plus tard.

Lucie: Ah, le sport ! Ça vaut le coup ✪, surtout pour la santé. Je devrais peut-être te suivre dans cette voie.

Axel: Absolument, et si nous faisions ça ensemble ? On pourrait se motiver mutuellement.

Lucie: Mais en parlant de motivation, je me dépêche ✪ de lire plus de livres cette année. C'est essentiel pour ma croissance personnelle ✪.

Axel: Je suis d'accord. Je vais essayer d'apprendre une nouvelle langue. Peut-être l'espagnol ?

Lucie: L'espagnol, quelle belle langue ! Tu devrais vraiment le faire.

Axel: Oui, et je vais aussi essayer de voyager plus. Il est important de découvrir de nouvelles cultures.

Lucie: Tu as raison. Voyager ouvre l'esprit. Moi, je vais travailler sur ma patience. Parfois, je me sens trop impulsive.

Axel: C'est un bon objectif. La patience est une vertu, après tout.

Lucie:  Nos résolutions semblent prometteuses pour 2024, non ?

Axel: Absolument, ça va être une année incroyable !

♡ 𝕃𝕚𝕜𝕖 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨 👇


je vais être prems✨(sur) = I'm going to be first. The way young French people say ‘shotgun” or “dibs”. 

ça vaut le coup ✨🧩= ça en vaut la peine, ça mérite l'effort = It's worth it
Idéal pour motiver quelqu'un (ou soi-même) à faire un effort pour un résultat désirable. Face à une grande montagne à escalader: "Regarde la vue, ça vaut le coup!”. Used regularly to ask if something is worth it: “Est-ce que ce film vaut le coup ?”

jeter un œil =  take a look / ‘run your eye over’ something

je me dépêche = se hâter = I'm hurrying. Running late again? "Je me dépêche" is your go-to phrase! It's the perfect way to express your rush without sounding too frantic. It's like saying, "I'm on my speedy Gonzales mode!" For instance, "Je me dépêche, le film commence dans 5 minutes!" (I'm hurrying, the movie starts in 5 minutes!)

la croissance personnelle = personal growth. This is for when you're A. feeling philosophical, B. trying to impress someone at a party, C. talking about New Year’s resolutions. French makes even soul-searching sound chic. Say, "Je lis beaucoup pour ma croissance personnelle." (I read a lot for my personal growth.) Voilà, you're now a French philosopher!

*✨ = especially ‘Frenchie’ words/phrases you should try and use more
*🧩 = ‘canned’ expressions or phrases that are best learned as a whole, like puzzle-pieces.


A : So L, have you thought about your resolutions for the new year 2024?

L: Yes, I'm going to take a look at my eating habits. I think it's time to eat healthier.

A : That's a good idea. I'm going to start doing sport again regularly. I've been putting it off for too long.

L: Ah, sport! It's worth it, especially for your health. Maybe I should follow your lead.

A : Absolutely, why don't we do it together? We could motivate each other.

L: But speaking of motivation, I'm hurrying to read more books this year. It's essential for my personal growth.

A : I agree. I'm going to try and learn a new language. Maybe Spanish?

L: Spanish, what a beautiful language! You should really do it.

A : Yes, and I'll also try to travel more. It's important to discover new cultures.

Lucy: You're right. Travelling opens your mind. I'm going to work on my patience. Sometimes I feel too impulsive.

A : That's a good goal. Patience is a virtue, after all.

L: Our resolutions look promising for 2024, don't they?

A : Absolutely, it's going to be an incredible year!

💬 Reply to this email and let me know.. quelles sont vos résolutions pour la nouvelle année ?

Exercise 1 - Fill in the blank 💪

Quickly test your comprehension, accelerate your learning. 🚀

  1. Pour réussir cette année, je dois me ___ et commencer à planifier mes projets.
    I need to hurry up and start planning my projects to succeed this year.

  2. Avant d'acheter cette voiture, je vais ___ pour m'assurer qu'elle est en bon état.
    I'm going to take a look at that car before buying it to ensure it's in good condition.

  3. Essayer ce nouveau restaurant ___ ; leur cuisine a l'air incroyable.
    Trying out this new restaurant is worth it; their food looks amazing.

  4. Cette année, je me concentre sur ma ___ en apprenant de nouvelles compétences.
    This year, I'm focusing on my personal growth by learning new skills.

  5. Pour la vente de garage, ___ à réserver les meilleurs articles !
    For the garage sale, I'm going to be first to reserve the best items!

If you’re struggling the ✪ Notes section is always a good place to look. 😉 The answers are all in the dialogue or notes section.

[NO PEEKING] Answer Key: 1. dépêche  2. jeter un œil  3. vaut le coup  4. croissance personnelle  5. je vais être prems

Exercise 2 - Translate ⚡

If you can translate each of these sentences after the lesson then you’re making real progress. They can also me used as flashcards.

  1. Il est important de découvrir des nouvelles cultures pour élargir nos horizons.  

  2. Lucie, toujours impatiente, s'est inscrite à un cours d'espagnol, une vertu pour sa carrière.  

  3. "La patience, c'est pas mon truc", dit-elle, mais après tout, chacun son rythme.  

  4. Axel, lui, a décidé de manger sainement, abandonnant son amour pour les fast-foods.  

  5. Ils ont promis de remettre ça à plus tard, les sorties bruyantes, préférant les soirées tranquilles.

1. "It's important to discover new cultures to broaden our horizons."
2. "Lucie, always impatient, enrolled in a Spanish course, a virtue for her career."
3. "'Patience isn't my thing', she said, but after all, everyone has their own pace."
4. "Axel, on his part, decided to eat healthily, giving up his love for fast food."
5. "They promised to postpone it for later, the noisy outings, preferring quiet evenings."

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