Hope For The Best

In today’s Short and Sweet episode we learn about different English expressions using the word Hope. I share only the most popular expressions used by native speakers, so please practise them and use them!! I hope you enjoy today’s episode :)


Qué pasa amigos, you are listening to English Made Simple this is episode #71, numero setenta y uno.

Welcome to English Made Simple, my name is Milena from www.www.englishmadesimple.net.

How are you? I hope you are well. I hope you are fine and dandy. Because I am fine and dandy myself as well. Things are going well, even though it is a hump day, every Wednesday is a hump day, a couple of days left till the weekend. Hang in there amigos.

So, I am going to deem today’s short and sweet episode as the first official Short and Sweet episode of 2017. Episode Number 71.  Amazing,…Increible! Amzing!Great. Woohoo! Cool bananas.

Also, Weon Inteligente will make his first appearance in today’s episode, his first appearance in 2017. I assume it’s a he, I imagine it’s a he, weon is a he.

Today I want to teach you a couple of expressions using the word Hope, la esperanza.

We are going to learn some new words today, these words are often spoken by native speakers. If you can learn these words you will be 1 or 2 steps closer to fluency.

And, we shall begin right about now. Let’s start.

Firstly, a couple of expressions to begin with, the first expression being:

1. Don’t get your hopes up – No te hagas ilusiones.

In other words don’t get too excited about something. For Example: I can say to my friend, hey John, the company is not giving us a pay rise this year, so don’t get your hopes up. A pay rise in Spanish is aumento de sueldo (also: Pay increase)

2. Close your eyes and hope for the best.

Well, this is what I base my whole life on. This is my strategy for everything. I close my eyes and hope for the best.
Of course I am joking, I don’t base my life on this, I am being sarcastic.

But maybe some people do! Some people, they don’t plan, they don’t prepare they simply deal with situations by closing their eyes and hoping for the best, hoping for the best possible outcome or the best possible result.

And third epression:

3. Don’t Give Up Hope – no pierdas la esperanza

For Example: If you are feeling frustrated with English, keep going and don’t give up hope. Just stay optimistic, and keep going.

Also, I would like to introduce you to some common adjectives that you need to be aware of which are also used by every day speakers of English.

The adjectives are related to the word Hope. So the first adjectives that you can learn is:

1. To be Hopeful – when someone is hopeful, it means they are optimistic. The opposite of hopeful is:Hopeless.
2. To be Hopeless – when someone is hopeless, that means they are desperate, without hope, pessimistic or negative.
It can also be used to describe your skills or lack of skills. Hopeless could mean incompetent. For example, I am hopeless at cooking. I am not good at cooking, I am hopeless in the kitchen. I don’t know how to cook… for example!!

The next idiom, the next expression that I want you to know is:

3. A hopeless romantic is a person who is unlucky in love. For example: Andrés is a hopeless romantic, he is constantly searching for his soul mate.
Hopeless romantic in Spanish would be: un romantico suicida… o algo asi. A Hopeless romantic! Everyone knows at least one hopeless romantic person in their lives. There is always one hopeless romantic that you come across…

And now amigos…

The next word, I want you to practice is: Hopefully. I want you to practise this word.

Hopefully, and it’s an adverb.

And According to, you know who, the one and only, weon inteligente it is often used at the start of a sentence to express what you would like to happen.
In Spanish it is – Ojalá.

For example: Hopefully, it won’t rain tomorrow.
Hopefully, you were able to follow me so far in this episode. I hope so!

So amigos, I hope today’s episode helped you in some way, I hope today’s episode has helped you in some shape or form.
Until next time amigos, if you are having a bad day today, don’t worry, be happy – just close your eyes and hope for the best. It works… Hasta la proxima!

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