Lose your mind

If you lose your mind, it means that you go crazy (volverse loco).


Other expressions with mind include:


To give someone a piece of one’s mind = regañar


The teacher gave the students a piece of his mind for arriving late for the exam.


The last thing on one’s mind = Lo que menos preocupa


I was so busy before Christmas that the last thing on my mind was buying presents.


Cross one’s mind = pasársele por la cabeza


It never crossed his mind that he had upset the boss when he told the joke.


Slip one’s mind = olvidarse


It completely slipped her mind that she had a dental appointment.


Have a one-track mind = ir a piñón fijo


He has a one-track mind, he’s only interested in body-building and spends every evening at the gym.


Be open-minded = tener la mente abierta


When I was a teenager, I nearly always did what I wanted as my parents were very open-minded.

 

Burns Supper

 

A Burns Supper is a Scottish celebration held on the evening of 25th January to celebrate the life of Robert Burns, regarded as Scotland’s national poet.


A traditional Burns Supper consists of:


First course:


Scotch broth = beef stock with pearl barley and vegetables (caldo de carne con granos de cebada y verduras).


Main course:


Haggis = heart, liver and lungs of a sheep or calf boiled in the animal’s stomach with onions and suet (el corazón, el hígado y los pulmones de una oveja o una ternera, cocinado en el estómago del animal con cebolla y sebo).


The haggis is accompanied by neeps = mashed potato (puré de patata) and tatties = swede (nabo sueco)


Dessert:


Cranachan = a traditional dessert made with raspberries, oatmeal, honey, whipped cream and whiskey (un postre hecho de frambuesas, avena, miel, nata montada y whiskey).


At the end of the meal different toasts (brindis) will be made with whiskey, and traditional songs will be played on the bagpipes (la gaita).

 

Two left feet

To have two left feet means to be a bad dancer.


My husband has two left feet and always treads on mine when we dance together.


Here are some more expressions with the number 2:


two heads are better than one means that it is better to have the advice or opinion of a second person than to do something on one’s own.


I like working with my colleague. Two heads are always better than one.


two of a kind – to be very similar


The sisters are two of a kind. They wear the same sort of clothes and like the same things.


in two shakes – very quickly


I’ll get back to you in two shakes.

 

Auld Lang Syne

The Scottish tradition of standing in a circle, crossing your arms, holding each other’s hands and singing Auld Lang Syne, just before midnight on New Year’s Eve, is now popular all over the world.


This nostalgic song is attributed to Scottish poet Robert Burns, who sent it to the Scots Musical Museum in 1788. However, Burns acknowledged at the time, that it was really an ancient song he had heard and was the first to write down.


In English, Auld Lang Syne more or less translates as for old times’ sake (“por los buenos tiempos”) and is about friendship and looking back over the years.