For Students: Talking about the future
Well, I'm back after a 5-week break. A 5 week period that saw me meet snow in Germany, +22 sunshine in Spain, and wind and rain in England.
I hope you all had a good 2017 and a good New Year's Eve and didn't wake up in 2018 with too much of a hangover.
It's quite difficult to get back into the swing of things when you've had such a lengthy time off, but I think a good way to kick off 2018 is to look at some phrases we can use to talk about our future plans for the head year ahead.
Note: The percentages below are just a rough guide and are in no way official
100% - Going to - something that is already planned or already decided
I'm going to visit China in August
90% - Highly likely – something that is very possible, but no plans have been officially made
It's highly likely I'll go to Italy again in the summer
80% - It's possible - a weaker version of the above
It's possible I'll be back in Lviv for the next academic year
70% - I will try to... - something you will make an effort to happen
I will try to join the world of programmers and teach myself a computer language with the help of my mate YouTube
60% - I hope - something that you're not really confident that will happen.
I hope I'll visit at least 4 new countries this year.
50% - I might - something you're not too concerned about, but there's a 50/50 chance of it happening
I might start thinking in a healthier way. More exercise and less fast food.
40% - If I get the chance, I'll - something not likely to happen, but in the small change it does, you will take the opportunity.
If I get the chance, I'll
40% - I would like to.. - something you would enjoy doing, but it's not too realistic
I would like to write a book of short stories in 2018
25% It's unlikely - something that probably won't happen
It's unlikely I'll go to the World Cup in Russia in summer
0% I definitely won't/am not going to... - you have a better chance of winning the lottery ;)
I definitely won't be anywhere else other than Torquay for the summer.
What do you plan on doing this year?
I'm going to.....
It's highly likely I'll....
It's possible I'll...
I will try to....
If I get the chance, I'll..
I would like to..
It's unlikely I'll...
I definitely won't ...
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