In this week’s Weekly English Practice, ECP coach Alison talks about 5 things you can do to make this summer more memorable. Read the WEP to find out more!
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After much wishing and waiting, summer is finally here! But before you know it, September will roll around again. Instead of dreading the eventual end of summer, let’s live purposely right now!
Before you read the complete article, look at this vocabulary and find it in the text:
to dread something: to feel bad about something in the future
in a flash: very quickly, in an instant
journal: a notebook to write daily thoughts; a diary
mood: a temporary emotional state
to take a day out: to reserve a day for a specific purpose
to make room for something: to devote space and time to something
sibling: a brother or sister
to make something count: to take advantage/make the most of an opportunity
ray: a visible line of sunlight
point: a message or argument
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If there’s one thing I dislike about summer, it’s the way it seems to be here and gone in a flash. In order to combat this feeling and to really make this summer as memorable as possible, I’m going to put the five things listed below into practice. Care to join me?
- Keep a gratitude journal
While it’s fun and important to capture special moments on camera, writing down three things you’re grateful for every day can help you to focus on the positive aspects of life. This summer, why not write down three things you appreciate every evening and see how it keeps your mood at it’s peak!
- Do something that scares you
Whether it’s speaking a foreign language or going scuba diving, taking a day out to overcome a personal challenge is a great way to build memories and confidence at the same time. Everybody’s fears are different, so you just have to find something that frightens you… and do it anyway. Your courage and inevitable progress will make you feel really good about yourself.
- Learn something new
Summer is a great time to make room for learning. It doesn’t matter if you’re spending summer with friends, family or alone. You could pick up a musical instrument thanks to the many free YouTube videos, take your first steps in a foreign language, bring new recipes into the kitchen or simply read a book. After the summer, you’ll feel a little more inspired than before.
- Reconnect with your family
You might want to take advantage of the extra free time summer brings by planning a special me-and-you day with each of your parents, children or siblings. It could be very simple: a meal, drive, swim or cycle to connect with your loved ones and show them that you enjoy spending time with them. The days may be long, but the season is short, so let’s make it count!
- Take your indoor activities outside
One of the greatest gifts summer brings is a more flexible schedule full of new opportunities. Find a quiet place to sit outside near your home where you can enjoy everyday activities such as meditation, reading, and drinking a cup of tea, all under the rays of the sun. I often choose the park for my afternoon siesta! (Note to self: don’t forget sun cream.)
Of course, there are many other ways to make this a summer to remember, but the main point is that we need to make a conscious decision to do so. Otherwise, the time will slip through our fingers like the sand at the beach.
Written by ECP coach Alison Keable
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- Will you do any of the five points from the article?
- What will you to make this a summer to remember?
- Do you usually feel like time flies during summer? Why is that?
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- What’s the best and worst thing about summer?