Expressions Sessions: peace of mind

B2 C1 C2 Expresiones en inglés

Expressions Sessions: peace of mind

Today in Expressions Sessions we present two very similar sounding expressions but with very two different meanings. Check out these B2 C1 C2 Expresiones en inglés

A piece of someone’s mind

  • To tell someone what they did wrong, usually in an angry manner.
  • We usually use this expression to say what someone is going to do or usually does. We do not use it to say what I am doing in the moment.
  • The logic here is that I am very angry, so I need to share with you a piece of what I am thinking.
    • When my son gets home tonight I’m going to give him a piece of my mind.
    • When she gets angry with someone, she really gives them a piece of her mind.

Peace of mind

  • You know when you are always looking for a way to translate tranquilidad in Spanish to English but it’s hard to find the right word. We usually say it gives me peace of mind.
  • The meaning is to feel calm and not worried.
  • Peace means paz, so think of it as saying my mind is at peace.
    • This new security alarm really gives me peace of mind.
    • It gives me peace of mind that my son and daughter are happy in their careers.

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Expressions Sessions: Turn a blind eye

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B2 C1 C2 Expresiones en inglés: Up to scratch

Expressions Sessions - Up to scratch

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Up to scratch

  • to meet an acceptable standard
  • usually used in the negative.
    • These new employees are not up to scratch. They will need some training.
    • I joined an English class to get my skills up to scratch for my new job.

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Expresiones en inglés: Turn a blind eye

Expresiones en inglés: Turn a blind eye

To turn a blind eye

  • to not take notice of something, usually because you don’t want to
    • The company usually turns a blind eye to tardiness
    • It’s very easy to turn a blind eye to what your kids are doing, but it’s important to stay engaged.

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Expresiones en inglés: See eye to eye

Expressions Sessions: To see eye to eye

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To see eye to eye

  • I’m so glad we see eye to eye on this topic.
  • Although we have some disagreements about how to carry out the procedures, we see eye to eye on the main goals of the project.
  • I don’t tend to see eye to eye with my sister on political issues, although we have similar tastes in clothes.
  • It’s hard to see eye to eye on everything, but we try to remain respectful of each other´s opinions.

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Expressions Sessions: Throw in the towel
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Go the extra mile – Expressions in English

Go the extra mile – Expressions in English. To go the extra mile means to do more than is expected of you. Having a co-worker, friend or family member who always goes the extra mile makes a huge difference!!! Make sure you tell them.

Thank you for always going the extra mile.

GO THE EXTRA MILE

  • To more than is expected of you
    • Thank you for always going the extra mile.
    • She’s the kind of friend that always goes the extra mile for you.

Expressions in English

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Expression Session: Gerund vs Infinitive

Verbs that change meaning when followed by a gerund or infinitive

Verbos en inglés seguidos de gerundio o infinitivo que cambian de significado

Es difícil recordar cuando usar gerundios o infinitivos después de los verbos en inglés. Hoy te enseñamos Verbos en inglés seguidos de gerundio o infinitivo que cambian de significado.

Cambios de significado

Try

  • con el gerundio, significa probar o experimentar, por ejemplo:
If you have a headache, try taking an aspirin or going for a walk. Si tienes dolor de cabeza, intenta probar a tomar una aspirina o ir a dar un paseo.
Although it can be difficult to do, try learning 3 phrasal verbs daily. Aunque puede ser dificil, intenta aprender 3 phrasal verbs al día.
  • con el infinitivo significa hacer un esfuerzo o intentar algo
He tried to touch the ceiling but couldn’t reach it Intentó tocar el techo pero no pudo alcanzarlo.
They tried to stop the speeding car but to no avail. Ellos intentaron parar el coche que iba a toda velocidad pero fue en vano.

STOP

  • Con el gerundio significa dejar de hacer una acción.
When he was 30, he stopped smoking. Cuando tenía 30 años, el dejó de fumar.
She never stops talking and it’s so difficult to get a word in. Ella nunca deja de hablar y es difícil intervenir.
  • Con el infinitivo significa cambiar de acción.
He spotted his boss in the office and decided to stop to talk to him about the project. Vio a su jefe en la oficina y decidió pararse a hablar con él sobre el proyecto.
She was working so hard she needed to stop to rest. Ella estaba trabajando tanto que necesitaba parar para descansar.

MEAN

  • Con el gerundio significa implicar o consistir en.
Learning English means studying lots and lots of phrasal verbs. Aprender inglés significa estudiar montones y montones de phrasal verbs.
If you want to take part in the marathon next year, it will mean training seven days a week. Si quieres participar en el maratón del año que viene, tendrás que entrenar siete días a la semana.
  • Con el infinitivo significa tener la intención de hacer algo
I meant to ring you yesterday, but I completely forgot. Tenía la intención de llamarte ayer, pero lo olvidé por completo.
Sorry, what I meant to say was that that dress really suits you. Perdón, lo que quería decir es que ese vestido te sienta muy bien.

FORGET

  • Con el gerundio significa que la persona no se acuerda de lo que ha hecho.
Janice forgot meeting Mr Smith at the meeting in January, but he hadn’t. Janice se olvidó de que había conocido al Sr. Smith en la reunión de enero, pero él no .
The door is locked but Tom forgot locking it when I asked him about it. La puerta está cerrada, pero Tom olvidó haberla cerrado cuando le pregunté sobre ello.
  • Con el infinitivo significa que la persona no hizo la acción.
She often forgets to lock the door when she leaves the house. A menudo se olvida de cerrar la puerta cuando sale de casa.
He completely forgot to post the letter. Se olvidó por completo de enviar la carta.

REMEMBER

  • Con el gerundio significa que la persona habla de un recuerdo que tiene
I remember so well seeing that film when I was a child Recuerdo tan bien haber visto esa película cuando era un niño
She says she remembers posting the letter but can’t remember exactly when she did it. Dice que recuerda haber enviado la carta, pero que no recuerda exactamente cuándo lo hizo.
  • Con el infinitivo significa que la persona no se olvidó de hacer una acción.
I remembered to send her a birthday card this year. Me acordé de enviarle una tarjeta de cumpleaños este año.
They remembered to remind students to take their notes with them Se acordaron de recordar a los alumnos que debían llevar sus apuntes

REGRET

  • Con el gerundio se refiere a un arrepentimiento del pasado
I regret telling him my secret Me arrepiento de haberle contado mi secreto
She will never regret marrying him. Nunca se arrepentirá de haberse casado con él.
  • Con el infinitivo refiere a un lamento presente o futuro
We regret to inform you that your application has been unsuccessful. Lamentamos informarle de que su solicitud no ha sido aceptada.
He regrets to tell you the bad news. Él lamenta darte la mala noticia.

GO ON

  • Con el gerundio significa continuar
He went on talking for hours about the film. Siguió hablando durante horas sobre la película.
They went on writing even though the exam had finished. Siguieron escribiendo a pesar de que el examen había terminado.
  • Con el infinitivo significa cambiar de actividad
After university he went on to become a famous lawyer Después de la universidad se convirtió en un famoso abogado
She went on to study acting after giving up her job. Tras dejar su trabajo, estudió interpretación.

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Ejercicio

  1. Tom remembers _____ (buy) bread at the supermarket because he always takes a list.
  2. Joseph stopped _____ (play) the guitar at six because it was time for dinner.
  3. Mary certainly didn’t forget ___________ (ask) him the question because he’s already given me his answer.
  4. She  stopped _____ (make) a telephone call before she continued with her work. 
  5. What’s the worst thing you regret _____ (do) in your life?
  6. Have you ever forgotten _____ (get) a present for your best friend on their birthday?
  7. Adrian stopped _____ (drink) years ago because of a serious liver problem.
  8. I regret _____ (tell) you that we are going out of business next year.
  9. I remember ______ (play) basketball when I was in high school. Unfortunately, I didn’t play much during the games.
  10. I don’t think I’ll ever regret _____ (fall) in love with my partner. We’ve been married for over thirty years!
  11. Alison went on ______ (become) a famous actor.
  12. Why does he go on ________(speak) even though nobody is listening.

Answers: to buy; 2. playing; 3. to ask; 4. to make; 5. doing; 6. to get; 7. drinking; 8. to tell; 9. playing; 10. falling; 11. to become; 12. speaking

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Expresiones inglés MIND

B2 C1 Expresiones en inglés – MIND

Hoy en Expressions Sessions, te enseñamos 10 B2 C1 C2 Expresiones en inglés con MIND.

Expresiones inglés MIND

B2 C1 Expressions with MIND

To be in two minds

  • to be undecided
    • I am in two minds about what I should study next year, chemistry or biology.
    • He is in two minds about whether to go to Japan on holiday as its very expensive.

To bear/keep in mind

  • to remember
    • Please bear in mind that classes will begin later than advertised.
    • Remember to bear me in mind when you are deciding who to take on the school trip.

To cross one’s mind

  • to come into your thoughts as a possibility
    • It never crossed my mind to ask him about the course. I forgot he did it last year
    • Has it ever crossed your mind that I may be interested in applying for the job

To give sb a piece of your mind

  • to express your disapproval in an angry way
    • When I saw him vandalise the table, I wanted to give him a piece of my mind.
    • If the workers continue to make noise, I’m going to go over and give them a piece of my mind

To go out of your mind

  • to go crazy
    • I’m going to cross the Antarctic on a bicycle. Have you gone out of your mind?
    • I’m out of my mind with worry, the child left at six o clock and hasn’t returned.

To have something in mind

  • to be considering something
    • I’ll cook this evening. Oh! Great what have you got in mind?
    • Have you anything in mind for your presentation on Friday?

To make up your mind

  • to decide
    • I can’t make up my mind about what to wear this evening. I think I’ll go smart casual.
    • It’s time to make up your mind about who is going to be the next president.

Mind (you)

  • to emphasise a piece of information that you are adding, especially if that information explains what you have said or contrasts it
    • They paid a lot for their house, mind you, they can afford it./they can afford it, mind
    • You need to add some water to the dish, not too hot, mind (you).

To put one’s mind at ease

  • to reassure somebody
    • If you are worried about him, I’ll call him to put your mind at ease.
    • So as to put your mind at ease, I’ll be there early

To slip your mind

  • to forget
    • It completely slipped my mind to ask him for his email address
    • I forgot I had an appointment with the doctor this morning. It slipped my mind.

To speak your mind

  • to say what you think
    • Don’t ever be afraid to speak your mind. It’s important that people know your opinion.
    • He told his boss how he felt about the situation. He certainly speaks his mind.

Now that you have learned these B1 B2 C1 C2 expresiones en inglés con MIND, check out other Expressions Sessions
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Expressions Sessions - Opinions

Mejorar tu Speaking en el examen

¿Siempre dices lo mismo para dar tu opinión en inglés? Para mejorar tu puntuación del Speaking en el examen, deja de usar ‘I think’ y empieza a usar estas frases.

Mejorar tu puntuación de Speaking en el examen

Lo difícil de los exámenes de inglés es que tienes muy poco tiempo para mostrar tu nivel. En el Oxford Test of English por ejemplo, tienes entre 20 y 30 segundos para dar tu opinión y tienes que contestar varias preguntas. Así que no puedes utilizar ‘I think…‘ una y otra vez porque no te van a otorgar un B2 si repites siempre lo mismo.

Tampoco es recomendable memorizar lo que vas a decir ya que no sabes exactamente lo que te van a preguntar, pero lo que si puedes hacer es empezar a utilizar con naturalidad las frases que te mostramos a continuación para decir tu opinión. Estas frases te pueden ayudar tanto en el Speaking como en el Writing.

Como prepararse para el examen

Hay 3 claves en las que debes centrarte:

  1. Fluidez
  2. Uso de gramática / vocabulario
  3. El tiempo

Así que cuando practiques,

  1. algunas veces debes intentar hablar con fluidez sin preocuparte por los fallos gramaticales.
  2. Otras veces, céntrate en hablar sin errores sin prestar demasiada atención a la fluidez. En ambas situaciones, te vendría muy bien grabarlo para luego escucharte.   
  3. Y por último, intenta hablar con fluidez, utilizando la gramática adecuada y un vocabulario variado dentro de los límites del tiempo exigidos por cada examen. Es importante acostumbrarte a estos tiempos para medir que y cuanto decir. Es muy probable que así también estés menos nervios@ a la hora del examen ya que habrás preparado todos estos aspectos.

Cada examen tiene su parte en la que tendrás que expresar tus opiniones:

  • Oxford Test of English/A2-B2: En el parte 1 (20 segundos x 6 preguntas) y en el parte 4 (30 segundos x 6 preguntas)
  • FCE/B2: En el parte 3, tendrás que hablar en pareja durante 4 minutos
  • CAE/C1: En el parte 3 (4 minutos) y el parte 4 (5 minutos).

Temas habituales de speaking en el examen

Hay muchos temas que con frecuencia aparecen en los diferentes exámenes. Es bueno pensar en lo que dirías sobre estos temas. Como dije anteriormente nunca vas a poder saber exactamente lo que te van a preguntar, pero tener unas ideas sobre estos temas puede ser de gran ayuda. Haz un listado de posibles preguntas sobre los siguientes temas:

  • Health/exercise
  • Leisure/Free time
  • Shopping/Fashion
  • Sports
  • Books
  • Buildings
  • Environment
  • Travel
  • Work/Education
  • Movies/TV

Ahora que has escrito algunas preguntas y sabes cuánto tiempo vas a tener para hablar sobre ellos, es una buena idea utilizar un reloj y practicar ajustándose al tiempo fijado.

Ejemplos:

How can exercise have an impact on someone’s quality of life?

In my opinion, exercise can only improve your quality of life since you will feel better and sleep better. It’s important that everyone does some exercise every day in order to stay fit and healthy. Otherwise, we may see an increase in health problems in the future, which will have a negative impact on one’s quality of life.

Do you believe you have more or less free time than your parent’s generation?

It seems to me that we have much more free time than when our parents were younger. We tend to go to the gym or do exercise outdoors and even go to the bar for a coffee whereas my parents never really had time or even thought about doing these types of things.

Do you think fashion is something that is always changing?

In my view, fashion trends always come back at some point. They may not be exactly the same, but some part of them return. For example, high-rise jeans were in fashion in the 80s and now we see girls wearing them again. They may not have the same hairstyles or the bright colors, but the jeans are the same.

Do you think sports players earn too much money?

As I see it, football players earn way too much money. I know that they get a lot of their money from advertisements, but I still don’t think justifies them making so much, especially when the country is not doing so well economically. Surely sports clubs can reinvest some of that money into their communities.

Will e-books eventually replace printed books?

I would say that although e-books are really popular, printed books will always be around. You made a good point about how printing less books is good for the environment but I just love the experience of opening up a good book and feeling the pages. I think most people would say the same.

Should copy-cat architecture be banned?

Personally, I don’t believe it should be illegal for people to make copy-cat architecture, but I don’t really like it. But all forms of art today are a mix of someone else’s ideas, so why should architecture be any different? What do you feel about it?

Should individuals or the government be responsible for lowering the effects of climate change?

As far as I’m concerned, we do not do enough as a country to take care of the environment. I know that every person needs to do what they can but without policies governing the big corporations, we will never lower the amount of pollution in the air.

What are more important to know when visiting another country, the language or the culture?

It seems to me that cultural differences are often more important to learn than the language when you are in a foreign country. It’s good to know the language to be able to communicate with the people but being respectful and knowing how to act can make a bigger difference. We all know the importance body language has on communication.

Is working from home common in your country? What do you prefer?

As I see it, in Spain people will work from home more often in the future. In many countries they have been doing it for years, and it really cuts down on costs for the company. Personally, I would prefer to work from home at least two days a week so I can get paperwork done without any distractions.

People are going less and less to the cinema these days. Why do you think that is?

Most people would agree that they prefer to watch movies and TV series at home instead of going to the theatre. For the price of four tickets to the cinema, you can get a yearly subscription to an on-demand streaming service. Having said that, I still enjoy seeing an action film on a big screen, but I only go maybe once a year because it’s cheaper and more comfortable watching it from home.

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