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Session 21

William Shakespeare's daughter has fallen in love... again. But should she wear her heart on her sleeve - or keep her feelings hidden? We'll help you use the phrase wear my heart on my sleeve, and explore some other great phrases for talking about revealing - or hiding - your feelings. We also bring you plenty more heart idioms to expand your vocabulary.

Session 21 score

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Activity 2

I am not who I am!

The evil Iago is dishonest and secretive throughout Othello - he really can't be trusted! Hopefully you don't have any friends who behave as badly as Iago, but we are going to look at some great phrases to describe how well people keep their feelings hidden.

To do

Listen to this audio recording and decide if the people being described are open, like Daughter, or dishonest, like Iago.

Do the activity

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1. Phillipe laid all his cards on the table and let her know how he was feeling.

2. Milllie tends to bend the truth, so I don’t think she was in as much danger as she made us think she was!

3. Maria’s an open book – you can always see what she’s thinking.

4. The new leader was being very economical with the truth when he said that he was going to create jobs for everyone.

5. Li’s very upfront about her intentions. She just wants to make lots of money and then leave.

6. Put on your best poker face – we can’t let anyone know how bad the situation really is!

7. The deal was all above board.

8. I never know what Aki is going to do next. She keeps her cards close to her chest.

To do

Now listen to the audio again while you read the transcript. Focus on the phrases in bold - do they describe someone who is open and honest, or someone who is dishonest and secretive?

Then try this quiz to find out if you are correct.

To hide or not to hide

8 Questions

Decide whether these phrases describe someone who is open and honest, or someone who is secretive and dishonest.

Note: if you are on a computer you should drag each phrase to the correct box before checking the answers.

If you are on a mobile phone you need to select the correct option.

If you are on a tablet tap on the phrase and then tap on the box you want to move the phrase to.

Congratulations you completed the Quiz
Excellent! Great job! Bad luck! You scored:
x / y

To hide or not to hide

8 Questions

Decide whether these phrases describe someone who is open and honest, or someone who is secretive and dishonest.

Note: if you are on a computer you should drag each phrase to the correct box before checking the answers.

If you are on a mobile phone you need to select the correct option.

If you are on a tablet tap on the phrase and then tap on the box you want to move the phrase to.

Congratulations you completed the Quiz
Excellent! Great job! Bad luck! You scored:
x / y

Well done if you worked out the correct meaning of all the phrases. 

Next

We have nothing to hide, so come to the next page and we'll share some more heart idioms with you.

Before you go, we learnt the phrase wear my heart on my sleeve, but can you complete these two heart idioms?

  • If someone has a kind and generous character, we say they have a heart of g______ .
  • And if someone has an unfriendly and unkind character, we say they have a heart of s______ . 

Click 'Next activity' to find out - and to learn lots more idioms with heart.

Session Vocabulary

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    Wear my heart on my sleeve

    Meaning
    Nowadays, the phrase to wear your heart upon - or on - your sleeve still means: to make your feelings and emotions obvious, even if it makes you vulnerable.

    Example sentence
    I wear my heart on my sleeve.
    If I'm in a mood, my mood shows.

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    Extra vocabulary

    in disguise 
    the state of changing someone's appearance to hide their true identity

    loyal
    always reliable and very supportive

    vulnerable

    easily hurt or harmed

    a mask
    a covering used to hide or disguise your face

    bend the truth
    say something that is not true (usually not a serious lie)

    be economical with the truth
    say things that are not true, or to not tell everything that you know

    keep your cards close to your chest
    not tell people what you are thinking or planning

    a poker face
    a facial expression that doesn't show your thoughts or feelings

    lay/put (all) your cards on the table
    tell people exactly what you are thinking

    above board
    completely honest and legal

    upfront
    completely honest and not hiding anything

    an open book
    completely honest and not hiding anything

    pour your heart out
    tell someone all your secrets and worries

    my heart sank
    I suddenly felt very sad and disappointed

    his/her heart's in the right place
    he/she only has good intentions

    my heart's not in it
    I don't feel very interested and enthusiastic 

    by heart
    from memory

    a heart of gold
    a kind and generous character

    a heart of stone
    an unfriendly and unkind character

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    About Shakespeare Speaks

    Shakespeare Speaks is a co-production between:

    BBC Learning English

    The Open University

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