Idioms in English help you speak expressive English. Here are 10 New Year idioms that express new beginnings. I am sure you would love to try them in your everyday conversation and sound more fluent in spoken English. Improve your English speaking and learn advanced English with our carefully curated English lessons in 2023. #idioms #advancedenglish #englishlesson
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New year, new beginnings.
As we venture into a new year, it is
very important for us to want to improve, to
become a better and a newer version of ourselves.
And that is why in this video today, I’m going
to show you some really nice New Year idioms.
Because if you know how to to use New
Year idioms nicely, then you can talk about how
you can become a better, newer version of yourself.
So let’s go into the new year.
As we look at New Year idioms, the
first idiom, or a phrase that you can
use is nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Venture is basically this action of doing
something new, getting into an adventure, right?
So if you venture, if you do
something new, you can gain something.
So what does this expression mean?
Logically, it means that you have to take a risk.
Because without taking a bit of risk, you
can’t really expect things to change or improve.
Someone once told me that if I keep
doing the same thing over and over again,
I won’t get different results or better results.
So do you want to be a new person?
Do you want to be a new version of you?
Then you want to venture and
do something new to gain more?
In a sentence, you could say, I decided to write a
book, even though I’d never formally written a book before.
After all, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
In the new year, I made
this commitment to do something new.
I ventured for something different.
Let’s look at another idiom, which
is to break new ground.
Now, what does this mean?
As you are entering into the new
year, it’s important to feel new.
This feeling of newness has to be there.
But when can it be there?
When you do something revolutionary.
Okay, so when you are using this phrase
to break new ground, it’s a way of
saying that you are feeling new because something
revolutionary, something extremely different has taken place.
Now, the word revolutionary means that something
has improved drastically for the better. Okay?
Now I want to talk about a movie which is
done very differently, which has been produced very differently.
So there was one movie where the director’s
film this movie, it broke new ground. Why?
Because it is the first film that has
been made in a very different way.
Let me give you an example.
How many of you watched this movie called Searching?
Now, the director did something really different.
He broke new ground. Why?
Because this entire movie was shot on
a computer screen using security footage.
The traditional cameras that are normally used while
making a movie were not even used.
And it gave really great results.
I don’t think any movie has ever been made that way.
So what really happened with this movie?
It broke new ground.
The director created something new, something
revolutionary to create something beautiful that
we have never seen before.
And that is breaking new ground.
What new ground are you going to be breaking?
Let me know in the comments below.
Let’s look at another new year idiom new blood.
Well, you’re wondering what’s this all about, right?
Well, this phrase means that you are talking
about a new member in the team. Okay?
So when you are starting something new, a new project, a
new venture, you need to have people in your team.
And if you have a new member in your team, he
is referred he or she is referred to as new blood.
So I can say it’s always good to have new blood. Why?
Because they come up with new and fresh ideas
that help us deal with today’s digital competition, right?
Like, I think today, whenever you see a job ad
or an interview, they want to see whether you are
new blood, are you able to do something new?
So in the new year, are you going to be new?
Are you going to be one of the new blood in your team?
Well, let me know in the comments below.
We also have another Idiom, another phrase which says
you can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.
Well, that’s practically true.
How else would you make an omelet?
You have to break eggs.
But let me tell you one thing.
When you’re breaking something, what’s happening?
It’s a sort of struggle.
It’s a sort of difficulty.
But after the difficulty, you get to have fun.
You get to see something new, which is an obligate.
Well, coming to life, talking about using this
and applying it to our lives, it basically
means that it’s hard to start or achieve
something without going through the pain.
You have to break yourself somewhere
in order to achieve something. Okay?
You break the egg, only then you get the omelet.
So you could say the startup idea looks fancy,
but you can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.
So you have to work harder. Okay?
So you’ve got to go through some pain,
some breaking in order to achieve something nice.
There is another new expression for the new
year, which is to turn a new leaf.
Now, I don’t know if you’re aware,
but when you have autumn, what happens?
The old leaves fall off the trees or the
branches, and new leaves come in its place, right?
So that might give you an idea
of what this phrase would really mean.
It means that you are beginning
something new all over again. Okay?
It’s basically you moving from the negative
to a positive change in your life.
I think the new year is a good time to
tell yourself that, okay, we’re going to start afresh.
We’re going to leave the negative things
behind and start something new and positive.
So I would say something like, even though he lost
his job this year, no problem, tom decided to turn
over a new leaf and look for something new.
A lot of you when you enter the new year,
you want to probably change careers, do better in your
present career or just become a better person.
What are you trying to do?
You are trying to turn a new leaf.
Now, sometimes in the new year we
talk about the winds of change.
New basically refers to change things that are different
from what you’ve always known them to be.
And therefore wins of change refer to expecting something
that will change in a very major, in a
very large way, like a sea of change.
In a sentence I could say after the
student protests were shown online, you could feel
the winds of change all over the country.
So sometimes a country faces a little bit
of unrest because of some social issues.
And once there was a protest,
I remember there was this protest.
After the protest everything seemed to change.
Like in a very major way.
You could sense that.
You could sense the winds of change in the new year.
I’m sure with new technology we
will witness some wins of change.
So let’s stay tuned for that.
We have another nice Idiom, which
is a new lease of life.
Okay, so a lease is basically an
agreement that you get into, right? A contract.
What is a lease on life though?
Let’s have a look.
Sometimes life is kind to us
after a lot of difficulties.
Sometimes you start seeing new opportunities.
You see opportunities to kind of come out of
that bad phase and move into a new one.
A lot of you right now are
probably going through that phase, right?
You are looking at yourself move from this place of
being stuck into stepping on to a new opportunity.
And that’s when you can say something like seeing
the business take off after bleeding for twelve months.
Bought a new lease of life to the partners, right?
Like I said, sometimes at work you feel like
your work is not taking you too far.
You feel stuck.
But suddenly something great happens and you
can see a new lease of life.
You feel like it’s bringing you
a new lease onto your life.
Some people use an Idiom or a phrase that
says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
Well, I don’t know how many of you own a dog
or have your own dogs, but that’s kind of true that
some dogs, you really cannot teach them new tricks.
But when you’re talking about New Year Idioms, it basically
means that it is difficult to change old habits.
I know it’s great to want to change and improve,
but the truth is that it is a little challenging.
It is a little difficult.
Not impossible, but a little difficult.
So I would say something like I tried to get
my mother to start using a computer, but she says
you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
Well, my mother apparently is unteachable.
You couldn’t teach her to use a
computer because she’s not used to it.
Okay, so she’s not a Gen Z after all.
So you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
Well, these New Year Idioms can
be used throughout the year.
They are New Year idioms.
But let me tell you, they are meant
to motivate you into the New Year.
But you can use them whenever you want
and whenever you want to start something new.
I hope you have a great new
year, and I hope you stay safe. Happy holidays.