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Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES.

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.


This VOA Special English program, WORDS AND THEIR STORIES, was written by Jill Moss. I'm Faith Lapidus.

Reader's Comments (6):
Author: 逆水行舟
Joh and I are good friends. In order to get to the heart of some matters, we often have a heart to heart discussion. Both of us speak from the bottom of our heart. We open our heart to each other .We really wear our heart our sleeves. Buat recently I lose him over a argument. It broke my heart.
Author: sunnychenli
It's the first time for me to listen to the VOA Special English program.The speed is fit for me.I only want to say ' the future is bright to myself!
Author: yinguo
I always open up my heart to my friend.
Author: yinguo
when i saw some people was as down and dirty as badboy to injure me,i lost heart
Author: 红祭雪
I am sorry to look through these article. Because i do not know what he said .the author said he want open his heart ,but i can not see something about his scerets. i want to say who can do it with open heart. i want to open my heart ,but everytime i said my feeling ,i would get hurt,can you tell me why!
Author: Crazy-Lucky
Don't lose heart and don't let your heart rule your head! I hope with all my heart that things work out well for you!
Author: wendy001
Don't lose your' heart ! Things will become better !
Author: tension
I will learn it in heart...
Author: vali.hu
heart to...
Author: jacky
my heart
Author: sunny
Opening your heart to your best friend,She will know what happened with you,maybe she can give you some good advice!
Author: ich
take heart!
Author: wendy xu
My boyfriend always open heart with me about his truthful and sincere feelings ,i really appreciate it very much!I will open up my heart to him more if there is something!
Author: Quango
I would learn English with all my heart.
Author: janelong
I always open up my heart to everyone arround me ,and sometimes I am so childish to wear my heart on my sleeve to say all my honest thinkings from the bottom of my heart .
Author: angel
i will open my heart to my friend,and my boy friend
Author: lesley
I usually have a heart to heart descussion with my husband, but sometimes i find although i say something from the bottom of my heart,he cannot understand me, maybe he is sorta kinda stone-hearted
Author: lovebrc
Sometimes I want to have a heart to heart disscussion with my friends or my families, but some of them cannot catch my words. Although I fell sorrow about it I'm also glad to say my feeling to them. Because I can say something from the bottom of my heart and I feel relax.
heart to heart ,we will be more close...
Author: zht368
Cross my heart,I like this article!
Author: superbird
wang tingting .I love you .Cross my heart
Author: tianhaolan
Take me to your heart .
Author: amy2018
good hearts
Author: alan
when you lost something you like crazily, you might feel the sense of lose...
Author: BOb
In these days,if you wear your heart on your sleeve then the other people say you are silliness.
Author: Ann
a good friend is should be take to heart ,open my heart to my friends ,wo also will be feel good ,but i still have a heart to heart disscussion with my friend and my families ,and sometimes i cannot catch what they want to say ,i think ,i should learn more to kown their heart .
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