Head, ear, chin, lip, arm, chest, leg, foot, back… These are some of the body parts that are used in many common expressions in English. In this English lesson, I’ll teach you the meaning of useful expressions like “You’re always on my back”, “Keep your chin up”, “raises an eyebrow”, and even some strange ones such as “makes my blood boil”. These sayings bring your English to life by expressing how you feel. From head to toe, all body parts are covered. Watch the lesson to learn more. I know you’ll give it a thumbs up!
E, what did I tell you about leaving your socks on the fl…? Hi. James from engVid. Little upset now. E leaves his socks all over the place. He only has one foot, but he seems to leave them everywhere. I’m always on your back? This lesson is about body parts, like the back, and how we use them to show or express our feelings, emotions, or thoughts on a situation. Stick with me, and we’ll take your head out of the clouds and teach you some English. You ready? Let’s go to the board.
Notice E is saying: “You’re always on my back!” Well, I’m going to come over here and I’m going to show you the body parts, and then I’ll show you an idiom… Or, sorry, let’s say a phrase or an expression that we use to indicate our thoughts or feelings on something, or about someone. Right?
So, why don’t we start with…? Well, what does it say here? Number one, your head. Okay? Your head. If someone says: “Your head is in the clouds”, you’re a dreamer, which means you don’t really think about real things; work, eating, life. You’re thinking: “One day I’m going to fly off and I’m going to visit a country, and I’m going to…” And someone will say: -“Do you have money?” -“No.” You’re a dreamer. Your head is in the clouds. Right? Get your head out of the clouds. Come back to reality. Come back to the real world. That’s number one: “head in the clouds”.
Let’s look at number two: “let your hair down”. This is kind of funny because I really don’t have any hair. Let’s just say I had hair. Okay? And my hair is up, like this. Okay? My hair is up. Okay? If I let my hair down, I’m going to relax. My hair is now relaxed. You like that? Purple. It’s cool. “Let your hair down” means have fun, relax, take it easy. Don’t be so serious. Okay? And that’s our hair there. Just see that? Let it down, relax a bit.
How about number three? “Be all ears”. Well, clearly I have only two and I cannot be covered with ears, but “be all ears” means I am focused, I am incredibly… I’m listening to you right now, incredibly focused. So when someone is all ears, it means I’m listening, you have my attention, I’m not thinking of anything but what you are saying. “Be all ears”, and there are your ears. Okay?
How about this one? “Lip service”. Those are little lips. Maybe you can’t see them. So here are mine. Lips. Lip service is funny. “Service” means to do something for someone. But “lip service”, it’s actually… Because I have “insincere”, but that might be a big word for you. But it means I don’t really believe it or I don’t really want to do it. So, when you give lip service you say: “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah”, but you really aren’t going to do it or you really don’t believe in it. Example: Your mother comes home and said: “Okay, you know what? You put the plate over there and the cup over there. Could you do me a favour? Could you pick it up and put it away?” And you’re watching or playing video games or soccer, and you’re like: “Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’ll do it. Uh-huh. Uh-huh.” You have no intention or you’re not going to do it. You just say: “Yeah, yeah, yeah” to make your mother happy so she thinks you’re going to do it, but you’re not going to. If your boss or employer gives you lip service, they say: “Sure, we’ll give you more money. Everything will be okay. Just go back to work.” It’s lip service. They’re not going to give you any more money, but they expect you to go back to work. Watch out for lip service. Right? Lips.
Let’s look at number five. Chin, this is your chin right here. If you’ve ever seen Superman, Superman has a chin of steel. Big chin. Okay? Now, when somebody says: “Keep your chin up”, your chin is probably here and you’re: “[Whines]”. You’re upset and they say: “Keep your chin up. Don’t be sad. Be happy. Be strong, like Superman.” That’s your chin right here, right underneath your lips. Chin. Okay?
“Be on someone’s back”, that’s what E was saying. Well, if you’ve ever had to carry something really big, I don’t know, like… Hold on a second. I’m still here. This is on my back. It’s really heavy and it bothers me. You know? It’s a pain. It’s upsetting. When something’s on your back, it’s always… They’re always bothering you. “Oh, you’re always on my back asking about giving you money” or “You’re always on my back asking me to help you.