Trying to improve your English? ‘Let’s face it’, you are a busy person with a ‘nose for value’, trying to ‘make headway’ learning English. That’s why you study with engVid! Did you understand the three face expressions that were just used? Press play to learn what these idioms and several more mean.
Learn English: 7 FACE Expressions video
[Speaks Russian] Hi. James, from engVid. I’m not Russian. I’m just practicing it. I was thinking of traveling. Maybe Ecuador. Perhaps Russia. Beautiful ladies there. And when I thought about it — I mean, let’s face it. Nobody wants to be stuck in one place, right? For your whole life. You’re an international person trying to learn an international language, which is English. And you know — hey, you know what? Let’s do idioms on the face. I said, “Let’s face it.” I’m going to talk to Mr. E, and we’ll get the lesson started. Okay? Idioms of the face, face, face, face. Take that, Madonna. All right.
So what have we got, E? All right. Well, we talked about “let’s face it”, but we’ll come back to that in case you’re wondering what that is. Let’s start with No. 1. And where’s No. 1? The nose. Le nez. The nose. What about the nose? Well, the nose, you bring in air. You bring things to yourself. The stuff of life, right? So if you know something which is good, which is air — I find air to be very, very good. In fact, necessary, you might say. I want this — you’re going to have a “nose for value”. Why? Oxygen is necessary for life, or you die. When we say someone has a “nose for value”, it means they know what the good stuff is. They know what is good, and they know what is valuable. So if you have a “nose for value”, you know a good deal, a good bargain, or you know something good when you see it. Right? All right.
And here’s the other thing. Remember? I said breathing. By the way, you like this? I look good today, yeah? Anyway. Back to work. “Pay through the nose”. Oxygen is the stuff of life. If you don’t breathe, you die. So sometimes, we talk about “paying through the nose” when something is too expensive. You pay too much for it. Yes, oxygen is important, but I also need my blood and my heart and my brain. So we say “to pay through the nose” is to pay too much for something or pay very — you know, pay a lot of money for something. You don’t really want to “pay through the nose”. That’s an expensive way to pay. Okay? So we did nose.
What’s the next one we’re going to do? He is a man of little brain. That’s a brain, in case you don’t know what that is. Or the brain is the physical part. That’s the thing they can put their head in and take out of you. But we usually say, “I think in my mind. My mind. My mind is where my ideas come from.” Okay? So when we say something like this, “a lot on her mind”, it means you’re thinking a lot about things. “I have a lot on mind.” I’m going to give you a free idiom. Free. Okay? This one is “a lot on my plate”, which is “a lot to do”. But shhh! That’s another one. So “a lot on my mind” means I have a lot of thoughts going on in my head. Okay? So — and it’s not quite the face or the head, but look. It’s inside your head. Your face is here. Your brain is here. So if you have “a lot on your mind”, it means you have a lot to think about. All right? You’ve got to make dinner; you’ve got to study at EngVid — I mean you’re a very busy person. And I’m impressed by you. All right. Next.
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