Words and Their Stories: Heart to Heart
Each week, this program explains the many meanings of English expressions. Today's expressions include a very important word – heart.
We will try to get to the heart of the matter to better understand the most important things about words and their stories. So take heart. Have no fear about learning new expressions. Besides, popular English words can be fun. There is no need for a heavy heart. Such feelings of sadness would only break my heart, or make me feel unhappy and hopeless.
Now, let us suppose you and I were speaking freely about something private. We would be having a heart to heart discussion. I might speak from the bottom of my heart, or say things honestly and truthfully. I might even open up my heart to you and tell a secret. I would speak with all my heart, or with great feeling.
When a person shares her feelings freely and openly like this, you might say she wears her heart on her sleeve, or on her clothing. Her emotions are not protected.
If we had an honest discussion, both of us would know that the other person's heart is in the right place. For example, I would know that you are a kind-hearted and well-meaning person. And, if you are a very good person, I would even say that you have a heart of gold. However, you might have a change of heart based on what I tell you. Our discussion might cause you to change the way you feel about something.
But, let us suppose you get angry over what I tell you. Or worse, you feel no sympathy or understanding for me or my situation. If this happens, I might think that you have a heart of stone. And, if you say something to make me frightened or worried, my heart might stand still or skip a beat.
Yet, even though you may be angry, I would know that at heart, you are a kind person. In reality, you do care. And any argument between us would not cause me to lose heart or feel a sense of loss.
My heart goes out to anyone who loses a friend over an argument. It really is a sad situation, and I feel sympathy for the people involved.
I promise that what I have told you today is true – cross my heart.
I really wanted to play some music at the end of this feature. In fact, I had my heart set on it. So here it is, "Don't Go Breaking my Heart" by Elton John.
get to the heart of the matter ：触及问题关键，抓住问题的核心。
take heart：鼓起勇气, 鼓足信心, 振作起来。
a heavy heart： 沉重的心情。
break my heart： 使我心碎。
a heart to heart discussion： 心与心的交流，坦诚交流。
the bottom of my heart：心底，内心深处。
open up my heart ：打开心扉。
with all my heart： 真心实意，全心全意。
wears her heart on her sleeve： 坦率，情绪挂在脸上。
heart is in the right place： 心地善良，心肠好。
a heart of gold ：一颗金子般的心，心地善良。
a change of heart ：改变心意，改变看法。
a heart of stone ：铁石心肠。
stand still ：静止。
skip a beat ：心跳加快。
at heart ：在感情深处，内心里。
lose heart ：诅丧，灰心。
heart goes out ：同情。
cross my heart： 在胸口画十字，即发誓。
have one's heart set on 有所决定。