Your MIND is that place in your head where you think, feel, and want.
Your body does the physical things – the mind does the mental things.
We use “mind” as a noun and verb in a variety of common expressions that show care or concern about something. Here are three:
- WOULD YOU MIND: When making a polite request for someone to do something. We use “would you mind” + ______ing form. This phrase is used formally, as well as between family and friends.
- CHANGE YOUR MIND: to alter your decision or perspective about something.
- HAVE IN MIND: to be considering someone or something for a particular job.
Dialogue: Jenny and Tom have been working at home inside all day …
Jenny: I’m tired. Would you mind putting on some music, Tom?
Tom: Sure! What do you have in mind — a little Beethoven? The Beatles?
Jenny: Actually, I was thinking, Nirvana.
Tom: Nirvana?! Then would you mind wearing headphones?
Jenny: Actually, I’ve changed my mind. Why don’t we go for a walk instead!
Everyday words students have trouble pronouncing. I will say them as students say them and then repeat the word with the correct sound. Click here to follow along on the dialogue and pronunciation practice.
- Mind = MYnd (1 syllable; the “i” sound in “my” + nd)
- Changed = tchay-njD (‘ay’ = the “a” sound in “day”) (1 syllable)
- Watched = wawtchT (1 syllable)
- Said = sed (“said” and “says” are exceptions; the vowel is like the “e” in bed.)
- Says = sez
- Either/Neither = EE-ther/NEE-ther OR, less common, “EYE”-ther/NEYE-ther
- Who = Hu (rhymes with “you”; the “w” is silent)
- Toward = tohrd (like “more”+d) or t’Wohrd (both equally used)
- Forward = FOR-wird
- Enthusiastic = en-thu-zee-YAS-t’k