This week’s blog is about Valentine’s Day, but I won’t be writing about chocolate, flowers, candles, cards or anything related to romantic love. Over the last year, as the Covid-19 pandemic has shut much of the world indoors, many of us have come to realise the importance of the relationships in our life. Whether that’s with family, friends or housemates; it’s becoming obvious that human connections are what make life worth living. In this blog, I’m going to write about why staying in touch with people is so important, some ideas for maintaining social relationships while in lockdown, and what the future holds.
Why People Need People
Having a support network of friends and family is key to maintaining good mental health. This is especially true when holidays like Valentine’s Day come around, because Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and couples. One of the biggest impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdowns is isolation which causes depression and anxiety. Depression and anxiety can then cause negative behaviours in people like alcohol and drug abuse, which make depression and anxiety worse. So this Valentine’s Day what can you do to avoid these traps?
Better Together: Beating the Lockdown Blues
If you’ll be spending Valentine’s Day alone, don’t fear. There are lots of ways that you can keep in touch with people, to share experiences and feel more like part of a community. You can have a game night via Zoom. Zoom is free to use for short meetings or meetings with two people. It’s also available for a small fee for longer meetings. You can schedule a time to get together with friends and play your favourite games, like Bingo. There are online Bingo Makers that you can use to create your own Bingo cards or use ones that are already made. Get your friends from around the world together and create a party atmosphere.
Maybe you and your friends want something more active and mentally stimulating. There are loads of great options for classes and courses online. You don’t have to do this alone, as many websites are offering deals when you join a course together. For example, we’ll be offering a Valentine’s Day deal for our online English classes. If you sign up now for a 12-hour mini course, your friend (or flatmate, or barber, or…) can get a free mini course. How you split the money is up to you two.
Hope for the Future
The UK has already, as of this writing, vaccinated more than 13 million people. By the end of February the NHS will have vaccinated most people over 50 (the groups with the highest risk of Covid-19). While hope can be a dangerous thing, it’s good to always have a little bit to keep your spirits up. Now would be a good time to make small plans for the future with the people you love. Whether that’s a summertime picnic or even just a meal in a restaurant. Making plans with friends is the best medicine to get over the lockdown and Valentine’s Day blues, and to know that you’re not alone.
Subject + will be + verb-ing: To talk about an action in progress at a specific time in the future.
In July I’ll be visiting my friends in Italy.
I’ll be hosting a Zoom party with my friends on Valentine’s day.
Subject + will have + V3: To talk about an action that will be finished before a specific time in the future
I’ll have finished my online English course by summer.
I’ll have done all my chores by this evening
In this blog find and underline any examples of the Future Continuous and Future perfect.
-I won’t be writing about chocolate, flowers…
-If you’ll be spending Valentine’s Day alone, don’t fear.
-For example, we’ll be offering a Valentine’s Day deal for our online English classes.
-By the end of February the NHS will have vaccinated most people over 50.
In the first three examples, the action in the future is not finished. It will be in progress at that time. In the last example, which is Future Perfect, the NHS will be done with this action when the end of February arrives.
Fill in the gap with either the Future Continuous or Future Perfect form of the verb
- By next year I _______________ (pass) the IELTS, and I ___________ (study) at university.
- Please don’t come over at 6, we______________ (eat) dinner at that time.
- John ________________ (finish) the report by the end of the week.
- What __________________ (do) when you’re 60 years old?
- Hopefully I _________________ (retire) by the time I’m 60.
- Suzie __________(talk) to her family on FaceTime tonight, so I can watch the match.
- I __________________ (wait) for you when you get home. I’ll be in bed.
- How ___________ (finish) your homework by tonight if you haven’t even started yet?
- This is your captain speaking. We _____________ (fly) at a higher altitude today because of storms over Canada.
- At this rate Jane _______________ (save) £5,000 by the end of the year.
- ‘ll have passed / ‘ll be studying
- ‘ll be eating
- will have finished
- will you be doing
- ‘ll have retired
- will be talking
- won’t be waiting
- will you have finished
- ‘ll be flying
- will have saved
- What do you think about Valentine’s Day? Do you celebrate it or do you think it’s a commercial holiday? Explain.
- Do you give more value to romantic relationships or relationships with friends and family? Why?
- Do you enjoy online games, activities and classes or do you prefer to do these things in person? Why?