Dear Agony Aunt

Have you ever heard of an agony aunt? An agony aunt is an advice columnist at a magazine or newspaper. The image presented was originally of an older woman providing comforting advice and maternal wisdom, hence the name”aunt”. Find some examples here at the latest questions section of a very popular Agony Aunt in the UK.

Will you make a good agony aunt? Check it out here.

Typical topics for writing to an agony aunt are work, friends, family,… and, especially, LOVE. However, you can ask her about some other topics, check this funny website for instance.

Is something troubling you? Getting you down? A problem shared is a problem halved.

Here’s your chance to get your worries off your chest. If you’re having difficulties with relationships, family, work or any other aspect of your life, help is at hand. Leave a message with your problem and you’ll soon get an answer with some advice.

It’s never too late to do something about it, even when you think it is. There’s a very popular English saying that says “There is no use crying over spilt milk”, which means you should not get upset about something bad that has happened that you cannot change. However, we can’t help regretting past things we have or haven’t done.

You can express regrets in your letters by using one of these expressions:

(O)  I regret not talking to her.

(O)   I should have talked to her

(O)   I wish I had talked to her

(O)  If I could do it all again, I would talk to her.

Has there ever been a time when you regretted doing something? Write about these situations in the comments section below.  Tell your classmates what you regret:

(1)      Staying up late.

(2)     Buying something on an impulse.

(3)     Going on a trip.

(4)     Not studying enough.

(5)     Eating something.

(6)     Answering the telephone.

(7)     Not bringing something with you.

But remember…

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