What did I learn in January? 🗓 1️⃣📝

Finally, January is almost over. It was a wonderful month full of holidays and activities. And it is for sure known as the month of resolutions. I hope you have been able to do what you wanted to do this month.


As for me, I set a goal to learn 5 words weekly and I thankfully was able to achieve 1/12 of my goal.

And I learnt 22 advanced words. In case you are interested in learning them like me then here is the full list of the 22 words.

Source: Longman Dictionary.

Week #1

1. Deterrent

something that makes someone less likely to do something, by making them realize it will be difficult or have bad results.

Example: Window locks are an effective deterrent against burglars.

2. Concoct

to invent a clever story, excuse, or plan, especially in order to deceive someone.

Example: John concocted an elaborate excuse for being late.

3. Arduous

involving a lot of strength and effort.

Example: the arduous task of loading all the boxes into the van.

4. Bellicose

behaving in a way that is likely to start an argument or fight.

Example: bellicose criticism.

5. Culprit

the person who is guilty of a crime or doing something wrong.

Example: Police finally managed to catch the culprit.

Week #2

1. Enthral

to make someone very interested and excited, so that they listen or watch something very carefully.

Example: The children were enthralled by the story she was telling.

2. Dangle

to hang or swing loosely, or to make something do this.

Example: A light bulb dangled from a wire in the ceiling.

3. Flimsy

something that is flimsy is not strong or well-made and will break easily.

Example: A flimsy wooden building.

4. Haughty

behaving in a proud unfriendly way.

Example: A haughty laugh.

5. Laconic

using only a few words to say something.

Example: ‘She left,’ said Pascoe laconically.

Week #3

1. Reverberate

if a loud sound reverberates, it is heard many times as it is sent back from different surfaces.

Example: The bang reverberated through the house.

2. Reticent

unwilling to talk about what you feel or what you know.

Example: She’s strangely reticent about her son.

3. Uproar

a lot of noise or angry protest about something.

Example: The house was in an uproar, with babies crying and people shouting.

4. Tyro

Also (Tiro)

A beginner or novice.

5. Lucrative

a job or activity that is lucrative lets you earn a lot of money.

Example: He inherited a lucrative business from his father.

Week #4

1. Succumb

to stop opposing someone or something that is stronger than you, and allow them to take control.

Example: Succumbing to pressure from the chemical industry, Governor Blakely amended the regulations.

2. Rigour

great care and thoroughness in making sure that something is correct.

Example: Their research seems to me to be lacking in rigour.

3. Rancour

a feeling of hatred and anger towards someone you cannot forgive because they harmed you in the past.

Example: He spoke openly about the war without a trace of rancour.

4. Perch

to be in a position on top of something or on the edge of something.

Example: a house perched on a cliff above the town.

5. Quashed

to say or do something to stop something from continuing.

Example: A hospital chief executive has quashed rumours that people will lose their jobs.

Week #5

1. Nihilism

the belief that nothing has any meaning or value.

Example: The implicit nihilism and aggression are global.

2. Petulant

behaving in an unreasonably impatient and angry way, like a child.

Example: Alexis walked out with a petulant look, and slammed the door.


I also dedicated time to reading, so I have read three books this month and they are (with my personal ratings):

1. Summer’s end



Deanna was eighteen when she married a handsome Frenchman, attorney Marc-Edouard Duras. Now, at thirty-seven, she should be happy with Marc, her elegant home in San Francisco, and their teenage daughter, Pilar. But one summer changes it all when she realizes her failing marriage is a trap she must escape.

2. The hound of the Baskervilles



The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of the four crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes. Originally serialised in The Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902, it is set largely on Dartmoor in Devon in England’s West Country and tells the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound of supernatural origin. Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson investigate the case. This was the first appearance of Holmes since his intended death in “The Final Problem”, and the success of The Hound of the Baskervilles led to the character’s eventual revival.

3. Better than before



Gretchen Rubin’s answer: through habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives. 
So if habits are a key to change, then what we really need to know is: How do we change our habits? 
Better than Before answers that question. It presents a practical, concrete framework to allow readers to understand their habits—and to change them for good. Infused with Rubin’s compelling voice, rigorous research, and easy humour, and packed with vivid stories of lives transformed, Better than Before explains the (sometimes counter-intuitive) core principles of habit formation. 
Along the way, Rubin uses herself as guinea pig, tests her theories on family and friends, and answers readers’ most pressing questions—oddly, questions that other writers and researchers tend to ignore:  

• Why do I find it tough to create a habit for something I  love to do? 
• Sometimes I can change a habit overnight, and sometimes I can’t change a habit, no matter how hard I try. Why? 
• How quickly can I change a habit? 
• What can I do to make sure I stick to a new habit? 
• How can I help someone else change a habit? 
• Why can I keep habits that benefit others, but can’t make habits that are just for me? 

Whether readers want to get more sleep, stop checking their devices, maintain a healthy weight, or finish an important project, habits make change possible. Reading just a few chapters of Better Than Before will make readers eager to start work on their own habits—even before they’ve finished the book.


Source: Longman dictionary

I also learnt three idioms:

have a sweet tooth

to like things that taste of sugar.

Example: Danny’s always had a sweet tooth.

make a mountain out of a molehill

to treat a problem as if it was very serious when in fact it is not.

Example: She was only five minutes late! You’re making a mountain out of a molehill.

cool your heels

to be forced to wait.

Example: I’ll put him in a cell to cool his heels for a bit.

Three Phrasal verbs:

mouth off

to complain angrily and noisily about something, or talk as if you know more than anyone else.

Example: You should have heard Pete mouthing off at Joe.

max out

to use something such as money or supplies so that there is none left.

Example: I maxed out my visa.

go through with something

to do something you had promised or planned to do, even though it causes problems or you are no longer sure you want to do it.

Example: He bravely went through with the wedding ceremony even though he was in a lot of pain.

And three slang words:


a rude noisy and sometimes violent young man.

Example: In the worst incident, 300 yobs showered police with broken bottles and bricks then looted shops in the centre of Coventry.

top banana

to be the most powerful person in an organization or group.

hot potato

a subject or problem that no one wants to deal with, because it is difficult and any decision might make people angry.

Example: The issue has become a political hot potato.


I listened every day to this amazing podcast for two purposes one of them of course for improving my listening skills and the other one is for learning more about happiness. This was to kill two birds with one stone.

Flashcards for the words (here)

Idioms, Phrasal verbs, and Slang words (here)

So I hope this would be useful to you. And wishing you all the best with your goals for the rest of 2019.

4 thoughts on “What did I learn in January? 🗓 1️⃣📝

  1. Shirley says:

    Jill, what a great article. Congratulations. 💪🏻😀
    I’m happy that you could achieve your goals in January. It’s a given that you are going to achieve them during the whole year. 😘

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