In my last blog post I talked about New Year’s resolutions (新年の抱負).
Recently I have been teaching my students some useful phrases for talking about future hopes and goals (希望と目標):

(weaker)
↓ I hope to…/I would like to…
↓ I want to…
↓ I am going to…/I plan to…
↓ I will…
(stronger)

Here are some example sentences:

  • I would like to go shopping this morning.
  • I hope to take a vacation this month.
  • I really want to finish my project today.
  • I am going to watch a movie this weekend.
  • I am planning to go to Osaka next week.
  • I will study hard this year.

For New Year’s resolutions the negative phrase (否定文) “I won’t…” (will not) is also useful. For example, “This year I won’t eat so much junk food”.

Hopes and Goals
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