This week in Connect Eikaiwa (コネクト英会話）we will be looking into idioms with the word heart.
Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day and without it you would die, so that might be why we use so many idioms about the heart in English. Here are ten of our favorite phrases that you can start using today.
- Absence makes the heart grow fonder
‘My friends think I don’t miss them, but absence makes the heart grow fonder.’
If you have to spend time away from the people you love, you love them more.
- Heart of the matter
‘I understand what you’re saying, but let’s get to the heart of the matter.’
When you want to get to the important point, you can use this phrase.
- Close to your heart
‘Animal charities are close to my heart.’
When you want to say you care about something a lot, use this.
- Eat your heart out
Mozart: ‘I write my music scores without making any mistakes. Beethoven, eat your heart out.’
When you want to say you’re better than someone, this phrase is pretty fun.
5. From the bottom of your heart
‘I apologize from the bottom of my heart.’
When you want to stress how deep and genuine you feel, use this phrase.
- Heart in the right place
‘She might have made a mistake, but her heart’s in the right place.’
Someone who has good intentions has their heart in the right place.
- Heart in your mouth
‘I almost crashed my car today. My heart was in my mouth.’
If you felt worried, surprised or shocked, maybe your heart was beating in your mouth.
- Heart isn’t in it
‘I don’t want to go out tonight. My heart isn’t in it.’
When you don’t feel like doing something, this phrase is very useful!
‘We had a heart-to-heart and now I feel better.’
To have a deep, open conversation with someone.
10.Heart goes out to someone
‘His dog passed away not long after his father. My heart goes out to him.’
To express sympathy for someone’s situation, use this.
As Aragon says in Lord of the Rings, ‘What does your heart tell you?’
Why don’t you tell us in the comments below?
If you have any questions about English, write to us at Connect Eikaiwa (コネクト英会話).