How to Warn People in English? English Phrases & Vocabulary  

To speak English fluently and confidently, you need to learn new English phrases and vocabulary and use it in your daily English conversation for practice. In this English speaking lesson with Michelle you will learn how to warn people in English. This situation arises in our daily lives where we have to warn people, you just can’t shout or make gestures with your hands to warn someone. Learn some great English phrases that would be extremely useful in your spoken English to build English fluency and speak more confidently in English. 

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“Watch out, you’d hit your head on the door.” Have you ever heard this? When you’re trying to cross a doorway and you feel that the doorway is really low, you’re almost about to hit your head and someone tells you “watch out”. Watch out is one way to warn someone to prevent themselves from getting the head hurt. The same way we have lot of other expressions in English that we use to warn people from getting hurt and this is really important to learn because if you know this you can save a lot of people from getting hurt. So keep watching my name is Michelle and we’ll start with a few expressions. Okay, so let’s look at the first one “be careful”. This is one of the most common way to tell people to be careful so that they don’t get hurt. You could tell them, “be careful with that glass it’s very fragile”. Fragile means delicate it can easily break. So if you’re carrying a glass in your hand and if it drops down it’ll break. So if you don’t want it to break then you could tell somebody be careful with that glass it’s really fragile. This is a very general way of warning someone, general. You could also say careful with that glass. So you don’t always have to add ‘be’ you can also just say careful, which is also a very general way of warning someone. You could say ‘be careful’ or ‘careful’, you’ll hit your head. Okay, now this is also a very general way of warning somebody. Now let’s look at the next one, do you know this? “Beware”. Have you ever seen this word written on boards where there are a lot of dogs around? Have you heard it? Beware is short for ‘be aware’, okay? Aware means alert. So if someone is asking you to be alert or careful, that’s because something dangerous is nearby and beware is usually written over boats when there are a lot of dogs nearby and you know you are asked to be careful. So this is a way to want someone when there are dogs around. You could say beware there are dogs in that Street. So beware is usually used as a written sign to warn someone and as I told you it’s short for be aware, beware. Okay now with this we’ll look at the next one, “take care, I’ll miss you”, “take care, be safe”. When do you say this? You usually say this to somebody who is going on a journey. So someone is going on a journey you tell them take care come back soon. So take care is used for someone who is going on a journey. This is actually warning in a way that you ask them to be safe. It’s a sweet and gentle and polite warning or request. So take care is used for someone who is going on a journey. The next one is, “mind how you go”. Mind here means see carefully okay or check carefully how you go which means that just don’t be very careless. If you’re driving then don’t sleep off. Mind how you go and come back soon. This is also used for someone who is going on a journey. This is obviously a stronger version. Like take care is very gentle and soft. You would use mind how you go with a person who has had a history of a lot of mischief. So a person who is quite mischievous you could tell them mind how you go don’t you know miss handle something or be careful on the journey. So mind how you go is used for someone mischievous. Okay now with this we look at the next one, we have already had a look at mind how you go and mind means to be careful of something. Now we can use only “mind” but we use this when there is something of immediate danger. Let’s say that you’re walking and there’s this lamp hanging and you’re walking and you could just almost hit your head there like I started in the lesson a load or way when you’re walking and if you don’t stoop down you’ll hit your head on the doorway. So then somebody could tell you mind your head on the doorway. Which means be careful don’t hurt your head. So mind is usually used when there is something dangerous near you, something dangerous. The next one is, “mind you”. So mind you is a really strong version of telling someone to not do something. For example if someone is having a coffee and you have your beautiful carpet down there and you’re really afraid that that person might just spill it, so if you’re close to that person so this is a very informal way sometimes it can come out as really rude, so try not to say to someone you know you don’t know very well you can’t just tell someone, ‘mind you’. So to a friend you could say mind you don’t spill the coffee on the carpet. So you’re warning them and you’re warning someone who’s really close to you. Mind you is used for someone close and it’s strong and rude. We have more expressions for warning people this is not all. The next one is “watch out”. You say watch out when you see that someone is in danger. So if someone is walking and there are cars coming, maybe you’re standing behind them and you can see that they are walking very carelessly, they’re not looking around and a lot of cars coming you tell them, watch out there’s cars coming or there is a car coming. So you’re warning them of an immediate danger, a danger that is very near to the person. So watch out is used for something dangerous near someone. You can also say “look out” there’s a car coming. So you can also say either look out or watch out. The next one is “watch yourself”. Okay here you’re asking someone to be careful for themselves like you’re not responsible you are already telling them that there’s something dangerous coming and you want them to take responsibility. For example if someone is cleaning a place and you know that there’s broken glass on the ground you could say watch yourself there’s broken glass everywhere. So take your own responsibility I’ve already told you, that’s what it means. Take responsibility. Watch yourself there’s broken glass everywhere. The next one is “easy does it”. Okay so this one is actually used when you feel that someone is trying to lift something heavy for example a very heavy table or a very heavy closet and you feel that they might just trip or they might just fall. So then you want them to be careful and that’s when you use it you can say easy does it, this is a very heavy closet that you’re lifting. So which means lift it carefully you might just hurt yourself. So easy does it is used when someone is lifting something heavy. We have another way of saying easy does it and that is the term “steady” which means be slow don’t hurry up. So if someone is trying to lift a table which is very heavy and they’re trying to move really fast you tell them steady, easy, go slow… okay? So easy does it can also be replaced by the words steady which is written as s-t-e-a-d-y, steady. It means go slow. Okay the last one that we have is “you can’t be too careful”. So this one is used when you feel that a person is putting themselves in some risk and you are suggesting that please don’t take the risk. So let’s say that someone is going out for a walk at night and it’s all dark and there are no streetlights you will tell them, “hey take the torch you can’t be too careful you know” which means don’t take the risk. Don’t take the risk. We have another way of saying you can’t be too careful and that is, “better safe than sorry” which means that it’s much better to be safe than we sorry later. So you can also say, “Hey take the torch with you better safe than sorry. Okay so here we are at the end of the lesson where we have learned so many different ways to warn people and you can often use them for different situations as I have given you a lot of examples already. So thank you so much for staying with me and come back for more lessons. Till then you take care bye-bye.

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