Stay on Track – Achieve Your Goals

Today we learn new expressions related to Navigation, direction and orientation. The following expressions will help you stay on track with your English goals. Enjoy :)

Transcript below

Hey guys, you are listening to the English Made Simple show, this is episode #89, numero ochenta y nueve.

Hello, hola, hello everybody, welcome to the Short and Sweet segment of the English made simple show, my name is Milena from

Well, I am feeling a lot better today, feeling much better from last week actually. You will notice that my voice sounds much better today! And I hope you are doing well, as well!

So amigos, today I want to continue with our theme of navigation …let’s call it Theme of Navigation.

So we learnt how to ask and give directions using some of the phrases we learnt over the past couple of weeks and today I want to share some common English idioms, some common English expressions related to Directions or Orientation or Navigation.

The following expressions are in a no particular order ok?but they will be useful to you, native speakers use them quite often, I also use them so I have decided to share them with you so that you learn them as well! It will help you stay on track with your English learning.

Cool, so here it goes!

Number 1. To keep someone or something on the right track – it’s a figure of speech and it means to ensure something or someone is following the right process to achieving the final result.

Let me ask you this amigos, are you guys on track with your New Year’s Resolutions? It’s been 3 months now and I’ve achieved 2 goals so far but I need to get back on track if I want to achieve the rest of my goals by end of the year.

To be on track is to follow the right path, to follow direction in order to achieve the end result.
And in Spanish this would mean: ir por buen camino o por la buena senda.

The second expression for today is…

Number 2. A step in the right direction – in this case we use the word STEP as an action that will help you realize your goals faster. An action that will help you make positive changes in your life.

For example: Going for regular walks will not make me a professional athlete, but it is a step in the right direction.

Es un paso en la dirección correcta – in Spanish.

It’s almost a literal translation isn’t it…

The next expression we have for today is….that’s the third one!

Number 3. Cross that bridge when you come to it – “Bridge” means “Puente” in Spanish. According to Weon Inteligente it means not to worry about a possible future problem until that problem becomes an actual problem.

This phrase is often spoken by employees working in corporate or office type of environment.
For example, Mr Johnson says to his boss Mr Sanchez, el jefe: we’ve just received this client project however, I have a feeling that we won’t be able to deliver it on time due to lack of resources. And his boss says: Don’t worry Mr Johnson, we will cross that bridge when we come to it.

Meaning we will deal with this problem later when it’s time to deliver the project. We are going to wait till the last minute…to deal with this problem…. It’s typical, isn’t it?

And the last one for today,

Number 4. To cross paths – to meet someone by chance, to meet someone unexpectedly OR to have an unplanned, completely casual, encounter with someone.

In Spanish it would be something like: cruzarse o encontrarse con alguien por casualidad.

It could be a chance encounter with a friend you haven’t seen in a long time, or an ex-colleague from your previous place of work or you could even cross paths with some of the English Made Simple listeners! You know.. We know each other by Facebook or by email or by YouTube, but maybe one day our paths cross. Maybe we physically meet one day. Face to face.

Well that’s it amigos, I hope we cross paths one day soon.

Thank you for joining me amigos. I hope you’ve learnt a couple of new expressions. I recommend you practice the ones we learnt today, if you must, then listen to this episode again to help you remember these expressions.

And remember amigos, just by listening to the English Made Simple show, you are already on the right track to achieving your goals.

Well, it’s been a pleasure as always, until next time – Hasta la próxima!

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