English might be the last thing on your mind today. But we don’t mind because we hope to change your mind in today’s episode about…you guessed it… expressions with the word ‘mind’!
An audio message from Machus from Valencia
To congratulate someone ON something
Someone says Thank you – You’re welcome / Don’t mention it / No problem / Not at all
Likewise = igualmente
I had a lovely time this evening – likewise
I really enjoyed your company – likewise
It’s getting late, I think I’ll go to bed – likewise
Expressions with MIND
To mind = to be bothered – Do you mind if I open the window? = Is it a problem for you…
A – What do you want for dinner – meat or fish?
B – I don’t mind. I like both.
The answer, if you don’t mind, is ‘no’ not ‘yes’.
To mind = to be careful/take careful
Mother – You mind your little brother when we go out now.
I learnt to mind where I stepped in the park full of dog’s dirt.
Mind how you go – when someone is leaving. Also, ‘take care’, ‘all the best’, ‘see you later’.
Mind you – the opposite of something:
He looks very young in this photo. Mind you, it was taken years ago.
I love hot weather. Mind you, July and August in Valencia is too hot for me.
Mind your own business
Don’t ask questions about things that do not concern you. – Stop interfering!
Why don’t you just mind your own business and leave me in peace?
I wish she’d mind her own business.
To be in two minds – undecided. – I’m in two minds about what to do.
To bring to mind – reminds me of something – Tea and biscuits bring to mind my time spent in the UK.
What other things come to mind or cross your mind when you think of the time you spent in the UK?
Bear/keep in mind – Remember – When you do the exam, bear in mind that you won’t be able to use a dictionary, or your mobile phone.
Change your mind – Change your decision – I was going to visit Mickey Mouse at Euro Disney this year, but I’ve changed my mind. What have you changed your mind about recently?
Get something or someone out of your mind – to stop thinking about someone or something – No matter how hard I try I can’t
Give someone a piece of your mind – to show anger or disapproval – I’m going to give my neighbours a piece of my mind about the noise they’re making.
Go out of your mind – Go crazy or mad – Have you gone out of your mind? (also, lose your mind)
Have something in mind – Be considering something – Have you got anything in mind for dinner tonight?
Have a lot on your mind – Have a lot of thoughts, worries and concerns in your head. – Have you got a lot on your mind? I’ve had quite a bit on my mind lately.
Have an open mind / be open-minded – Be receptive to other people’s opinions or ideas. I went into the meeting with an open mind.
Have a mind of your own – Be capable of making your own decisions – Don’t bother giving her any advice. She’s got a mind of her own.
Last thing on your mind – Of the least importance to you – I’m too busy to eat! Food is the last thing on my mind right now.
Make up your mind – Reach a decision – There are many options. I can’t make up my mind.
I’m very indecisive. I find it hard to make up my mind.
Mind your language – Be careful what you say. – Don’t swear. Mind your language / mind your tongue.
My mind went blank – Forget everything momentarily or be unable to think clearly. I was so nervous during the test that my mind went blank!
Never mind – Don’t worry. It’s not important. – “Sorry I can’t be of help.”
“Never mind. It’s OK.”
Not in your right mind – Not behaving in a logical or sensible way.
Julie wasn’t in her right
To have a one-track mind – To only think about only one subject – I have a one-track mind. I only think about…..football
Out of sight, out of mind – to forget someone you don’t see frequently. – As soon as he retired he was forgotten. Out of sight, out of mind!
Put your mind at ease. – Reassure you. – Let me put your mind at ease. Your travel expenses will be paid by the company.
Read someone’s mind – Guess someone’s thoughts or have the same idea – I think we should have a tea break. – You read my mind!
To slip your mind – to forget something. – I forgot you were coming today. It completely slipped my mind!
To speak your mind – Say frankly and honestly what you think – Is it a good idea to always speak your mind?
Take your mind off something – Stops you thinking about something unpleasant. – Some people turn to drugs and alcohol to take their mind off their problems.
Mind the gap! – Typical sign/announcement in metro stations = Be careful with the gap/space between the train and the platform.
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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