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A big part of the English language is its many idioms and expressions. A lot of them don’t make sense when you try to translate them, but they some of them can be really fun to learn!

As it’s the start of a new year many people are making their «New Year’s Resolutions». Some popular ones are to ‘go to the gym more’ or ‘eat less junk food’. People do this because they think that the start of a new year is a good time to turn over a new leaf.

The idiom to turn over a new leaf means to make a fresh start, to make a change for the better.

This expression uses the idea of turning to a new, clean page of a book (the ‘leaf’ is a page) and dates back to the early 1500s.

Are you turning over a new leaf this year? What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

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