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6 English phrases that don’t mean what you think they mean.

6 English phrases that don’t mean what you think they mean.

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Seis frases en inglés que no significan lo que tú crees que significan.

En este blog post vamos a explicar seis frases en inglés que no significan lo que tú crees que significan.

Nivel: B1
Idioma: Inglés
Tiempo de lectura: 6 minutos

¿Has estado en Inglaterra?
Si es así, ¿escucháste alguna vez decir a alguien?, “I have no idea what you are talking about”.
O quizá has oido a un inglés decir “you must come to my house for dinner”.
¿Sabías que estas frases no significan lo que expresan sus palagras?

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Six English phrases that don’t mean what you think they mean.

6 English phrases that don’t mean what you think they mean communication
Have you been to England?
When you were in England did you hear someone say, “I have no idea what you are talking about”.
Or maybe you heard an English person say “you must come to my house for dinner”.
Did you know that these phrases don’t mean what the words say!

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Now back to the lesson.

Some people think that learning a language is only learning words, phrases, and grammar.
Those people are partially correct, to truly communicate in any language you have to understand a little of the culture of the country.
As part of their culture the English, can be a bit reserved, and this can cause some communication problems.
In this blog post I will explain the true meanings behind six English phrases that cause communication problems.

A lot of English people are a very reserved, and they sometimes don’t always say what they mean.
We at Do-English think the phrase “I have no idea what you are talking about” is a perfect example of saying one thing and meaning another.

This lesson is not about “double entendres”.
Double entendres are something different, click here for more information about double entendres.

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Look again at the phrase:
I have no idea what you are talking about
If you read the words you might think the speaker does not understand what someone is saying.
Example A:

Speaker 1Relative theory is very easy, light travels at 299792458 meters per second in a vacuum and this is called “C” hence nothing can travel faster than light or C in a vacuum.
Speaker 2 – I have no idea what you are talking about.

6 English phrases that don’t mean what you think they mean but only in a vacuum

Speaker 2 does not understand the physics of E=MC2.
However, in a situation like this an English person would not normally use the phrase “I have no idea what you are talking about”.
They would simply say something like, “I am sorry, but I don’t understand”.

Here is a more realistic example, of when to use “I have no idea what you are talking about”.
Example B:

Speaker 1 – When we went out for dinner last time I paid the bill.
Speaker 2 – I have no idea what you are talking about.

In this example speaker 1 says that they paid the bill in the restaurant the last time.
Speaker 2 does not agree with speaker 1.
In fact speaker 2 thinks that speaker 1 does not remember what happened or is lying.

When English people use the phrase “I have no idea what you are talking about” they mean:

  • Someone has made a mistake.
  • Someone is lying.

When English people are 100% positive someone is lying they use the phrase, “are you sure?”.
Example C what is said:

Speaker 1 – I travelled to Japan last year!
Speaker 2 – Are you sure?

Example D, what it means:

Speaker 1 – I travelled to Japan last year!
Speaker 2 – You’re a liar, you did not go to Japan last year.

When you hear an English person use the phrase, “are you sure?” they are not asking you if you are sure, they are telling you, they think you are lying.

NOTE: The phrase “he/she has no idea what they are talking about” means what it says.

Five more British English phrases that have different meanings to the words used.

 

I have to think very hard about that.

Example E, what is said:

Speaker 1 – I think we should buy a new house!
Speaker 2 – I have to think very hard about that.

Example F, what it means:

Speaker 1 – I think we should buy a new house!
Speaker 2 – No, it will never happen.

I have to think very hard about that = It will never happen.

 

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This is a new development

Example G, what is said:

Speaker 1 – As you all know we will move to a new office at the end of the year.
Speaker 2 – This is a new development.

Example H, what it means:

Speaker 1 – As you all know we will move to a new office at the end of the year.
Speaker 2 – You told everyone else, but you didn’t tell me, why not?

This is a new development = You didn’t tell me this before and why not?

 

Well that was fun

Example I, what is said:

Speaker 1 – Well that was fun.
Speaker 2 – Really!

Example J, what it means:

Speaker one – I hated it
Speaker two – I liked it.

Well that was fun = I hated it.

 

It’s an option

Example K, what is said:

Speaker 1 – What about going to France on holiday.
Speaker 2 – It’s an option.

Example L, what it means:

Speaker 1 – What about going to France on holiday.
Speaker 2 – No.

It’s an option = It will never happen.

 

Come to my house for dinner

Example M, what is said:

Speaker 1 – You must come to my house for dinner
Speaker 2 – You too!

Example N, what it means:

Speaker 1 – You’re a nice person, but I don’t want you to come to my house.
Speaker 2 – You are nice too, but don’t come to my house.

6 English phrases that don’t mean what you think they mean you must come to my house for dinner
Come to my house for dinner = It is nice to know you, but DON’T come to my house.

Six British English phrases that don’t mean what the words suggest.
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6 English phrases that don’t mean what you think they mean La Comunicacion

Algunas personas creen que aprender un idioma es sólo aprender las palabras, las frases y gramática.
Estas personas tienen razón a medias, para poder comunicarse de manera perfecta hay que entender un poco la cultura del país.
Como parte de su cultura, los ingleses pueden ser un poco reservados, y ésto puede provocar algún problema de comunicación.
En este blog post, vamos a explicar la realidad que hay detrás de seis frases que pueden causar problemas de comunicación.

Muchos ingleses son muy reservados y algunas veces no expresan lo que realmente quieren decir.
We at Do-English think the phrase “I have no idea what you are talking about” este es un buen ejemplo de que se expresa una cosa y su significado es diferente.

Esta clase no se trata de “dobles sentidos”.
Los dobles sentidos son algo diferente.

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Echemos un vistazo de nuevo a la frase:
I have no idea what you are talking about

Si lees esta frase se podría pensar que el orador no está entendiendo lo que dice.
Ejemplo A:

Interlocutor 1Relative theory is very easy, light travels at 299792458 meters per second in a vacuum and this is called “C” hence nothing can travel faster than light or C in a vacuum.

Interlocutor 2 – I have no idea what you are talking about.

6 English phrases that don’t mean what you think they mean pero solo en vacio

El interlocutor 2 no está entendiendo la física de E=MC2.
Sin embargo, en una situación como esta un inglés no utilizaría la frase: “I have no idea what you are talking about”.
El inglés simplemente diría algo como: “I am sorry, but I don’t understand”.

Aquí está un ejemplo más real de cuándo usar: “I have no idea what you are talking about”.

Ejemplo B:

Interlocutor 1When we went out for dinner last time I paid the bill.
Interlocutor 2 – I have no idea what you are talking about.

En este ejemplo el interlocutor 1 está diciendo que él pago la cuenta en el restaurante la última vez.
El interlocutor 2 no está de acuerdo con el interlocutor 1.
De hecho, el interlocutor 2 cree que el interlocutor 1 no recuerda lo que ocurrió o que está mintiendo.

Cuando los ingleses usan la frase: “I have no idea what you are talking about” quieren decir:

  • Alguien ha cometido un error.
  • Alguien está mintiendo.

Cuando los ingleses están 100% seguros de que alguien está mintiendo, usan la frase: “are you sure?”.
Ejemplo C (lo que se dice):

Interlocutor 1 – I travelled to Japan last year!
Interlocutor 2 – Are you sure?

Ejemplo D (lo que significa):

Interlocutor 1 – I travelled to Japan last year!!
Interlocutor 2 – You’re a liar, you did not go to Japan last year.

Cuando se oye a un inglés usar la frase: “are you sure?” No están preguntando si está seguro, están diciendote que piensan que eres un mentiroso.

NOTA: La frase “he/she has no idea what they are talking about” significa lo que se dice.

Otras cinco frases en inglés británico más que expresan diferente significado de las palabras que usa.

 

I have to think very hard about that.

Ejemplo E, (lo que se dice):

Interlocutor 1 – I think we should buy a new house!
Interlocutor 2 – I have to think very hard about that.

Ejemplo F, (lo que significa):

Interlocutor 1 – I think we should buy a new house!
Interlocutor 2 – No, it will never happen.

I have to think very hard about that = Nunca ocurrirá.

 

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This is a new development

Ejemplo G, (lo que se dice):

Interlocutor 1 – As you all know we will move to a new office at the end of the year.
Interlocutor 2 – This is a new development.

Ejemplo H, (lo que significa):

Interlocutor 1 – As you all know we will move to a new office at the end of the year.!
Interlocutor 2 – You told everyone else, but you didn’t tell me, why not?

This is a new development! = Nunca me dijiste esto antes, ¿por qué no?

 

Well that was fun

Ejemplo I, (lo que se dice):

Interlocutor 1 – Well that was fun.
Interlocutor 2 – Really!

Ejemplo J, (lo que significa):

Interlocutor one – I hated it
Interlocutor two – I liked it.

Well that was fun = Lo detesté.

 

It’s an option

Ejemplo K, (lo que se dice):

Interlocutor 1 – What about going to France on holiday.
Interlocutor 2 – It’s an option.

Ejemplo L, (lo que significa):

Interlocutor 1 – What about going to France on holiday.
Interlocutor 2 – No.

It’s an option = Nunca ocurrirá.

 

Come to my house for dinner

Ejemplo M, (lo que se dice):

Interlocutor 1 – You must come to my house for dinner
Interlocutor 2 – You too!

Ejemplo N, (lo que significa):

Interlocutor 1 – You’re a nice person, but I don’t want you to come to my house.
Interlocutor 2 – You are nice too, but don’t come to my house.

 6 English phrases that don’t mean what you think they mean debes venir a mi casas a cenar
Come to my house for dinner = Estoy encantado de conocerte pero NO vengas a mi casa.

Seis frases en iglés británico que no significan lo que sus palabras sugieren.
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Meme: Feargal Coffey – feargal@do-english.com
Translation: Juan Luis Ramon Cervera – juan@do-english.com
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