English is full of phrases and expressions which you can hear in regular conversation. Mind you is a common one:
Pavel, a Prague lawyer, took his Australian friend Lance to the Old Town. He thought they’d have a nice walk, and then grab a coffee. Instead, Lance stayed put and took photo after photo of all the old buildings!
Pavel called his girlfriend and told her all about it:
“I can’t believe this – we’ve already been here an hour on the main square! Says he’s already taken over 100 photos, unbelievable. Mind you, he is Australian..”
Pavel is saying ‘he’s Australian’ not just because Lance is from Australia, but because he knows that we don’t have such old buildings like you have in Prague in our cities.
He’s using the phrase mind you to explain why he thinks Lance is taking a longer time looking at all the buildings – Lance is on holiday and this is the first time he’s seen such old architecture.
Mind you is used to offer an explanation for something which you’ve just commented on. Often the new sentence with ‘mind you‘ contrasts with what you just said, or it lets you introduce an explanation which might come as a surprise to the listener.
It allows you to ‘think out aloud’ as you work out or evaluate your opinion:
– “He’s not really a good dancer. Mind you, he does learn quickly.”
– “She doesn’t really give her boyfriend much attention. Mind you, she has had a tough year.”
– “I can’t believe how expensive that shop was. Mind you, that jacket did look pretty good.”
Grab a coffee = ‘grab‘ is used often in Australia and Britain to mean ‘go for‘ or ‘have‘.
Stay put = to stay in the same place
He told her all about it = you can use this as a reporting phrase.Eg:
“He told me all about his job.”
“She told me all about the problems she was having.”
I can’t believe this = you can say this when you’re really surprised by something
Have a tough | rough year = have a difficult year. You might hear someone say: “Man, I’ve had a rough day.”
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