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Spanish Verbs to make New Year Resolutions

We’re about to start a New Year and lots of people are making New Year resolutions. Do you know how to phrase your resolutions en español? Let’s take a look at the main ways to talk about plans, goals, and intentions.

Querer + infinitivo:

When our resolutions express intentions and plans, the verb querer is the best option:

Quiero viajar más que el año pasado. I want to travel more than last year.
Quiero aprender un nuevo idioma. I want to learn a new language.
Este año quiero leer más libros. This year I want to read more books.

Desear + infinitivo:

If our New Year resolutions are more aspirational or express more of an abstract wish, we should use the verb desear:

Deseo pasar más tiempo con mis seres queridos. I want/wish to spend more time with my loved ones.
Deseo cuidar más mi salud mental. I want to take better care of my mental health.
Deseo ser más espontáneo. I wish to be more spontaneous.

Ir a + infinitivo:

When our resolutions express clear goal and more specific plans, the phrase ir + a is a great choice:

Voy a correr la maratón de NY en noviembre. I’m going to run the NY marathon in November.
Voy a mejorar mi conversación en español. I’m going to improve my Spanish conversation skills.
Voy a buscar un mejor trabajo. I’m going to look for a better job.

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