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  • (upbeat electronic music)

  • - Hello, this is Jack from tofluency.com,

  • along with? - Kate.

  • - And we are back with another English conversation.

  • Today, we're going to talk about goals.

  • We're going to talk about New Year's resolutions,

  • and just about what we want to achieve

  • over the next 12 months.

  • Now, if you are new here, then know that we make

  • these conversations so that you can learn real English.

  • And I'm going to leave some of the key phrases

  • in the description for you.

  • And also, go over to my website,

  • 'cause I'll give you information

  • on the type of language we use and also some information

  • on how you can get premium resources.

  • Okay, that was quite the introduction.

  • - It was, mmhmm.

  • - Now, there is a little bit of a structure

  • to this conversation. - Okay.

  • - And I've written down some questions

  • that you can ask yourself. - Uh-huh, okay.

  • - And we're going to answer those questions.

  • But also, answer the questions in the comments too.

  • - Oh, yeah, I love going through

  • and reading people's answers,

  • mmhmm. - Yeah.

  • So feel free just to take

  • any of these questions and do that.

  • And we also have finish the sentence, a task on this,

  • where, again, this is a great way to learn natural English,

  • because you're going to learn the types of phrases

  • that people use at this time of year.

  • Oh, one last thing.

  • If you want to achieve your English learning goals,

  • then get my book, Five Step Plan for English Fluency.

  • It's free to download.

  • Okay, so it's New Year's Eve. - It is!

  • - And we are recording this before our big

  • New Year's Eve party. - Mmhmm.

  • - Small party. - Small party.

  • - So let's just start with some questions.

  • - Sure. - Are you ready for this one?

  • - Yeah.

  • - What would you try if you knew you could not fail?

  • - Ooh, that's a great question.

  • I don't know any of these questions

  • ahead of time, by the way.

  • - No. - Since it's a surprise.

  • - And I haven't really thought about answers.

  • - I think that, if I knew that I wouldn't fail,

  • I would probably try something

  • that seems a little bit risky or dangerous.

  • Like, I would try hang gliding, for example.

  • - Mmhmm.

  • - Because I don't often try something that seems

  • like it would be risky or dangerous, because in my mind,

  • I'm thinking about the worst case scenario.

  • And so, I would try something like an extreme sport maybe.

  • - An extreme sport? - Mmhmm.

  • - Yeah, it's a strange question in a way, isn't it?

  • - Mmhmm.

  • - Because if you try something that you can't fail,

  • then it takes away any element of the surprise outcome,

  • or it takes away the whole fact that we do fail at things.

  • - Absolutely, mmhmm.

  • - So it's an interesting question in that sense.

  • - Yeah, yeah.

  • I guess to me, anything where.

  • - Because you could choose anything.

  • - True.

  • - You could say to run for president in 2020.

  • - Mmhmm, yeah.

  • - You know, you could choose anything in there.

  • - Absolutely.

  • - What would you try if you couldn't fail?

  • Let us know below.

  • - Did you wanna answer that one too?

  • - So, again, it just takes away a bit of the fun for me,

  • 'cause I'd say, become a professional soccer manager.

  • - Yeah, absolutely.

  • - Or apply for the England soccer job, football job.

  • - Sure. - Because you can't fail.

  • - There you go.

  • - Now, what new type of exercise

  • would you like to try this year?

  • - Ooh.

  • - Or activity. - Or activity, okay.

  • - I know what your answer is.

  • - You do? - Mmhmm.

  • Paddle boarding.

  • - Yes!

  • Sorry, I didn't even know that that was my answer,

  • but that's my answer.

  • I really have wanted to try paddle boarding for a long time.

  • - You tried it!

  • - I know, but, you know, in a more,

  • I tried it briefly for a few minutes.

  • I'd like to do more of it.

  • And it's where you stand up kind of on a stable surfboard,

  • and you use a paddle to move around.

  • It was really fun.

  • I really liked the little bit that I tried.

  • But I would like to do it more and try different conditions.

  • - Mmhmm. - Mmhmm.

  • - It's become popular.

  • - Oh, yeah, it's really popular right now.

  • - Do you know what mine would be?

  • - No, tell me. - Rock climbing.

  • - Rock climbing? - Yeah.

  • - Wow, okay. - Yeah.

  • I'd just love to try it.

  • Maybe we should do these things.

  • - Yeah. (Kate laughs)

  • - If we're actually saying we want to do them.

  • - Yeah, I'd say like, now we're here.

  • We're talking to each other.

  • We're telling everybody about it.

  • We should try it and then report back.

  • - Yeah, at the end of the year.

  • - Yeah, or maybe even before then.

  • - I'm gonna ask one more question,

  • and I'm gonna give a quote that somebody gave yesterday

  • that I've been thinking about. - Sure.

  • - But last question for now is, what musical artist

  • would you like to see live in concert this year?

  • - Ooh.

  • Hmm.

  • There are so many.

  • This one's really hard.

  • - Well, you have to choose one.

  • - This is gonna be out of left field for you.

  • - Okay.

  • - But I think that Lizzo is so popular right now.

  • - Oh yeah, yeah.

  • - And I've heard she's really good live,

  • and that there's a really good atmosphere.

  • I think I would like to see Lizzo.

  • - Although she did steal that tune.

  • - You know.

  • - I actually looked it up the other day,

  • and so many people are saying the same thing.

  • - That it sounds like?

  • - What's that song called, Lizzo's song?

  • Is it Bad Boy or something?

  • - I'm not sure which one you mean.

  • - Something like that. - Yeah.

  • - But it sounds exactly like Black Beatles.

  • (Kate laughs) - Yeah, I don't mind.

  • I think that she's an interesting performer.

  • I think that she's been a little bit controversial

  • this year. - Has she?

  • She's talking about things that other artists aren't.

  • - You know she released that song in 2017.

  • - Wow.

  • - And it only became really popular this year.

  • - So she just kept going and working at it,

  • and she got there. - Yeah, and then,

  • that old song just suddenly became popular again.

  • - That's amazing.

  • - Yeah, for me, I think probably the Arctic Monkeys.

  • - Mmhmm.

  • - I've seen them twice. - Mmhmm.

  • - And I'd love to see them again.

  • - Yeah. - It's been a long time.

  • - Yeah, the last time that we saw them

  • was about 10 years ago, right?

  • - No. - No?

  • - Yeah. - Yeah.

  • (both laughing)

  • - Nine years ago.

  • Well, it will be 10 years in February.

  • - Yeah. - Wow!

  • - Uh-huh. - That's incredible.

  • - Are they still touring?

  • - No, they just did a tour.

  • - Okay.

  • - So maybe they'll tour again next year.

  • I've always had this thing in my mind

  • where I just think, they're going to do a show

  • where we live, and we'll suddenly just find out

  • they're doing it, and we'll get tickets to it.

  • - I mean, stranger things.

  • - They've never come here.

  • - No?

  • Maybe we should campaign. - Yeah.

  • I mean, it's a good campaign. - Mmhmm.

  • - Okay, so, this is a really interesting thing that,

  • one of my favorite people to follow is called Eddie Hearn.

  • - Okay.

  • - Do you know who Eddie Hearn is?

  • - No, tell me.

  • - He's a boxing promoter.

  • (Kate laughs) - Okay, okay.

  • - And I've followed his career for nine years now,

  • when he started out being a boxing promoter,

  • which is a very hard business to be in.

  • - Sure.

  • - And he had no fighters in his stable.

  • And now he's grown into the biggest promoter in the world.

  • So I've seen his progress over the years.

  • - Mmhmm.

  • - And he often talks about goals and motivation

  • and things like that. - Mmhmm.

  • - And he said for 2020,

  • keep it simple and make 2020 better than 2019.

  • - Okay.

  • - Like, that's his mantra at the moment,

  • is to say, instead of saying, I'm gonna this,

  • I'm gonna do all these amazing things,

  • I'm gonna completely change my life,

  • make 2020 better than 2019.

  • - Okay.

  • - What are your first thoughts on that?

  • - I think that, yeah.

  • I think it sounds kind of inspiring,

  • because a lot of times, we set goals that are too radical.

  • - Mmhmm.

  • - And then we feel, you know, we feel guilty,

  • or we feel. - Stressed.

  • - Frustrated when we can't reach those goals.

  • But if we just try to make, you know,

  • keep doing what we're doing but do it better,

  • then that seems much more achievable.

  • Yeah. - Mmhmm.

  • - That's exciting. - Yeah.

  • So my thoughts on that are that,

  • if you feel like you've got a good foundation now,

  • that's good. - Mmhmm.

  • - But I also think that, there's a term here I want to use,

  • but something like reach for the star goal.

  • - Yeah.

  • So, that's an expression, right?

  • Reach for the stars,

  • and if you don't make it, at least you'll land on the moon.

  • - Yeah. (Jack laughs)

  • - Or something like that.

  • - Yeah, reach for the stars, you'll land on the moon.

  • - You'll land on the moon. - Something like that.

  • - Yeah.

  • But, I mean, I could also see how you could land on the moon

  • and then feel, you know, land on the moon,

  • in this metaphor, and then just feel

  • still kind of like you haven't achieved anything.

  • - Yeah. - Mmhmm.

  • - And we can think about this in terms of learning English.

  • So for example, a lot of people watching this,

  • they have a B1 or maybe a B2 level of English.

  • And their goal might be to say, okay, C1 in three months.

  • And that's one of those goals which is radical,

  • where you have to really just change your life

  • in order to reach it. - Mmhmm.

  • - Whereas the goal where you make it better

  • is to say, okay, I'm just gonna stay consistent