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Thu Tran, Vietnam, Writing III

Worrying about the future sometimes drives us crazy, so “do not cross that bridge until you come to it” seems to be an effective way to free our mind. The meaning of this expression is that we should not think about problems that might happen until they actually happen. Life always throws obstacles in our way. That’s why people tend to be afraid of bad situations that might come and try to figure out how to resolve them. However, nobody can predict the future exactly, so worrying about tomorrow just makes us feel more stressed. Imagine that you are a student before a final exam. Even though you prepare well, you still cannot stop thinking about bad things which might happen.

Truong L. To, Vietnam, Writing III

“Cross that bridge when you come to it,” is the most useful English expression for me. The idiom reminds me not to worry about a problem before it happens. Sometimes the problems come up very suddenly and you can’t prepare for them. At that time, we will be able to deal with them when we have to. For example, when I went to work, I had to deal with some issues that happened to the machine. To get the machine back to work, I needed to reset it before it caused a lot of damage to itself.  This idiom caught my attention right after I saw it.

Saul Serrato, Mexico, Writing III

If you think you are doing something wrong or you have made a bad decision in the past, remember “it’s never too late to change your mind.” This is one of the most interesting English expressions in my opinion because it means we always have the chance to change something. I decided to start working right before I got out of high school. I thought it was the best I could do, but three years later I changed my mind because I realized I could do better than that.

Phoebe Nyugen, Vietnam, Writing III

When I am learning English, I need to remember the expression “cross one bridge at a time” because I always worry about what I will be learning in the future instead of focusing on what I am learning now. To stop my anxiety, I should study and practice the current lessons until I understand them. Little by little, reviewing what I’ve learned, I should not hurry to learn new lessons when I’m not ready to understand them yet. It just wastes my time and makes me confused and nervous.

Ricardo Naranjo, Mexico, Writing III

On rainy day at the beach sitting under a storm cloud might make it difficult to believe that “every cloud has a silver lining.” This expression means that something good can happen from bad circumstances. It can also mean that something bad makes it difficult for us to see something good. It can be something small like tripping and falling in the street only to find a five-dollar bill on the ground next to you. Or it could be something huge like sleeping late and missing your flight and finding out that the plane had crashed.

Alessandra Medrano, Mexico, Writing III

A first impression about someone is not always accurate, and sometimes “familiarity breeds contempt.” Everyday there is a chance to meet a new person, and often we meet someone who in the beginning we think is sympathetic, charismatic, polite, and charming, but when we start talking with them, we find their attitude is totally different than we thought. Also, you can have a bad opinion about someone, and the better you know the person, the less you like him or her.

Nancy Lozano, Mexico, Writing III

In 1856, Abraham Lincoln first used the English expression “actions speak louder than words.” Abraham Lincoln used this expression many years ago, and we still use it in our daily lives. Every year we make a list with different purposes or goals, but at the end of the year we know they were only promises. For example, we want to change our lifestyle with exercising and eating healthier. Other resolutions would be to learn a new language, quit smoking, or get to know new places.

Juliana Harris, Brazil, Writing III

I had a family trip two years ago. We were on a cruise. We were doing a lot of family activities together. When we stopped at an island, we decided to go scuba diving. I thought that it was going to be easy, but when I was in the boat I felt afraid about the diving. Then my sister saw me and said, “Now cross that bridge when you come to it. We are in the same situation! Let’s go and have a good time.” It was the best experience of my life.

Aida Gutierrez, Honduras, Writing III

Usually the expression “don’t cry over spilled milk” is used by people in situations they cannot change. It means “it is what it is,” or that some situations don’t have a remedy. This expression is used when someone tries to resolve some mistakes or smooth hurt feelings. Sometimes it is difficult to repair things that happen because the actions and behavior reflect our personalities. Making a mistake is normal. Mistakes can happen anytime and everywhere.

Lisaura Gualdron, Venezuela, Writing III

Most people usually say and promise things, but then those words go away. In this situation, my favorite expression reminds me that “actions speak louder than words.” People need to demonstrate that something they think, speak, or promise is followed by their actions. For example, a mother tells her young daughter how to be responsible by asking her to help with some chores at home, such as picking up toys from her room, helping to fold the clothes, or doing homework when she returns home from school.