New Year’s Resolutions
+ a quick practice for Hungarian Learners (A2, B1)
Christmas holidays, parties, family reunions and leisure time are not reasons to get out of practice! After awaking to sudden and massive half-conciousness on the first day of the new year, you possibly intend to think over your plans, wishes or simply the memories of last night you are capable to resurrect.
According to a lately forgotten New York Times article, people usually make new years’ resolutions around this time.
However, the article, more precisely Dr. Groppel, a coach of several famous athletes and sportsmen states that these resolutions are superficial, for people don’t dig deeper in their wishes and intentions while making them.
Instead they compose wishes, like “going to the gym more often”, “eating more healthfully” etc., which are like promises that noone could keep.
A new coaching method, stating a new year’s mission statement is the aim of Dr. Groppel, and he says it should be for merely everybody, in professional and personal life, also.
It helps defining real goals and aims, and then planning the way to really achieve them. Simply wanting to eat less is not an action plan, but the fact that some wants to look better, get a partner and live a healthy life is.
And this is the new mission statement.
Lets see, how to do it!
First just answer the following questions:
■ How do you want to be remembered?
■ How do you want people to describe you?
■ Who do you want to be?
■ Who or what matters most to you?
■ What are your deepest values?
■ How would you define success in your life?
■ What makes your life really worth living?
Ready? Now you have to make mission statements as summaries of the ideas above. You may follow some examples:
“I plan to spend more time doing things that I like to do.”
“I want to become more physically active and try new hobbies.”
“My mission is to incorporate a healthy balance of work and personal time.”
“I aspire to transform negative work-related situations and put energy into relationships with family and friends.”
And here comes the Hungarian Lesson for everyone!
Lets see how to make simple promises- or note-to-selfs in Hungarian, as new years resolutions or new mission statements!
- Többet fogok tanulni.
I will learn more.
How to do it?
Beware, GRAMMAR is coming!
For promises like these, we use future statements. This is built by the auxiliary FOG(+suffix) and a verb in infinitive. Infinitive is shaped by -ni.
FOG + verb+ni
using the personal suffix shows who is going to act:
FOG+OK + verb+NI
personal suffix the sign of infinitive
The word TÖBBET simply means you are going to do something more often, while I presume you already talk to your mother or take a dog for a walk if you have, but the point is that you are willing to do it more frequently!
Now let’s learn some examples!
2) Többet fogok énekelni.
I will sing more.
3) Többet fogok sportolni.
I will do more sports.
4) Többet fogok olvasni.
I will read more.
5) Többet fogok festeni.
I will paint more.
6) Többet fogok beszélni magyarul.
I will speak more Hungarian.
7) Többet fogok beszélni Anyuval
I will speak more to Mom.
8) Többet fogok beszélni Apuval.
I will speak more to Dad.
9) Többet fogok sétálni a kutyával.
I will walk more with the dog.
10) Többet fogok beszélni a testvéremmel.
I will speak more to my sister/brother.
Naaa, how’s it going? Let me know what you are planning to do more often in 2017! (Yes, of course, in Hungarian!)
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