Expression: To get the ball rolling

157 - Expression: To Get The Ball Rolling

This is the first part of a two-part lesson. In the second part, we learn all about New Year’s Resolution Statistics in the United States.


Words that are bolded in red are suggested vocabulary words for this episode.

Hi everyone. Welcome back. Happy New Year! We’ve made it to a new year; it’s 2024. I can’t believe how fast time flies. One minute it’s January and the next it feels like December again.

Do you feel that way? Why is that?

Is it because we’re busy? Is it that we’re doing the same old thing every day and nothing seems to stand out? I don’t know.

If you’re like me, you spend the last few days of December, maybe not trying to figure out how to slow down time, but trying to figure out how to make every minute of it more enjoyable, more satisfying. Many times this comes in the form of a New Year’s resolution, which is sort of a personal commitment to positive change in one’s life. Sometimes that involves improvement goals for mental and physical health, maybe a change in habits, or relationships. Perhaps it’s pursuing personal development.

Today we’ll talk about New Year’s Resolution statistics in the United States, but we’ll do the first part of this lesson first, which is about an expression. In part one, you’ll learn about the common English expression "to get the ball rolling."

The Joke of the Day

As usual, we’ll start with a joke. Are you ready?

What was the snowman’s resolution?

Any ideas?

To chill out.

All right.

Do you get it?

The humor comes in the wordplay with chill, which has multiple meanings.

To chill can mean to make cold. The other day, I bought sparkling water, also known as bubbly water, from the grocery store, and I chilled it in the fridge before drinking. I made it cold by leaving it in the fridge, I chilled it.

To chill out, however, means "relax, don’t stress! Take it easy." For example, when someone complains that they have too much work to do at work or school, you can say, "Chill out, you’re gonna be fine!" Don’t stress, it’ll all work out in the end. Chill out.

In this joke, the snowman’s resolution is to chill out. Maybe he just wants to stay cold outside, or perhaps he wants to relax and not stress.

Let’s hear the joke one more time:

What was the snowman’s resolution? To chill out.


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