担当講師: Nicholas Richter 先生 （アメリカ出身）
6 Idioms For The New Year
by Nick Dale |
The New Year is a time when many people set new goals, or intentions, for
new year ahead. These intentions or goals are called resolutions.
word is the verb to resolve, which means to determine to complete something.
Here are six idioms related to making New Year’s resolutions.
Michelle: So how did you ring in the new year Andy?
Andy: My friends and I went out on a boat and watched the fireworks in
It was incredible!
Michelle: Wow, sounds amazing. My boyfriend and I went on a cruise to the
Bahamas. It was so nice to get away from it all.
Andy: Did you make any New Year’s
Michelle: Well, we chatted about that. I’ve got lots of habits I
want to kick. I want
to stop eating junk food and wasting my money on expensive clothes. So,
thinking I’m going to turn over a new leaf for this year. A whole
new diet and
budget plan. How about you?
Andy: I always set lots of goals and I do tend to bite off more than
I can chew. This year I want to start a new online business, learn
Italian, take guitar classes, buy a new house and find a girlfriend!
Michelle: Wow, that is a lot! Do you have
experience with online business?
Andy: No. I’m going to have to start from scratch with it. But
I’m meeting with
a friend this week who has his own business so he’s going to help me get
Michelle: Well, good luck with it
1. TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR
This means to celebrate the new year at midnight on December 31. We often ask
people: “How did you ring in the new year?” which means “In what way did
celebrate / How did you celebrate?”.
How do you usually like to ring in the new year? How did you ring
last new year?
We had a big party on the rooftop to ring in the new year.
2. TO KICK A HABIT
This means to stop a habit, to quit doing something you
What is a habit you have that you would like to kick? Which
difficult to kick for you?
He can’t seem to kick his habit of eating chocolate every
3. TO TURN OVER A NEW LEAF
We say this when we want to change our habits and act in a better or more
responsible way. It means to start again with a new attitude or perspective.
When was a time that you turned over a new leaf? What did you change?
I’ve wasted my life playing too many video games. It’s time to turn
over a new leaf and get a new hobby!
4. TO BITE OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW
To accept too many tasks and responsibilities, more than
one can handle.
Have you ever bitten off more than you could chew? When was a time
that you did this?
I think she’s biting off more than she can chew by taking three jobs
and studying full time!
5. TO START FROM SCRATCH
To start from the very beginning, with nothing. We often say this when we want to
start a new project or task with the basic, raw materials.
Tell me something that you started from scratch.
We built this house from scratch. We used brick and stone and did it
with our own hands.
6. TO GET THE BALL ROLLING
To begin a
process. To start taking action.
What do you need to get the ball rolling on? (What project or task
do you need
to start doing?)
I felt so much better once we got the ball rolling on the project and
everything was happening.