Word of the Month: Habit (hábito)

Shana Goodwin, January 1, 2022



  1. A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition. Examples: After a few weeks, my morning walk became a habit, and now if I skip it, it seems like my whole day is ruined. My friend has the habit of interrupting people without meaning to.
    a. A distinctive set of clothing or style of dressing, especially of a religious order. (See picture below.) Example: Although they wore long, heavy habits, the nuns joined us for a great game of soccer.
    b. A riding habit for a horse-riding competition. (See picture below.) Example: When his cousin competes in the annual horse show, he has to wear his riding habit.

Happy New Year! We’re expecting great things to happen in 2022, and we’re especially excited about all that our students will achieve this year. One word we talk a lot about at the end of the year and the beginning of the new year is “resolution.” What is a resolution? Basically, it’s the decision to stop a bad habit and replace it with a good one. For example, rather than scrolling through social media until you fall asleep at 1:00 in the morning, you may decide to set yourself a healthier bedtime routine such as putting your phone away at least an hour before bedtime, reading a book, having a relaxing bath, doing a few minutes of yoga or meditation, or enjoying a warm cup of tea or cocido. These habits will ensure you get a better night’s sleep and wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the new day. Of course, this leaves you more bandwidth to study English! Maybe your New Year’s resolution will be to register for an English class! Studying English for a few hours every week is an excellent habit to start.

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Habit definition 2A: Nuns in their habits.
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Habit definition 2B: A girl in a riding habit.