Audio Notes Game #68 Middle Eastern Food

to begin with

It's a good healthy choice to begin with.

We use “to begin with” to talk about something we do first, usually in a series of things. In this mixer, “to begin with” means to start a meal with a small dish called a starter or appetizer. It can also show the position of something when there is a list of things. Note the examples:

  1. Let’s begin with onion soup and a Caesar salad.
  2. Studying English was boring to begin with, but elllo makes it fun!

keep you full

It will really keep you full.

When we are full, we can’t eat more food. We feel full after a big meal. “Keep you full” means to feel full for a long time. Here are two examples:

  1. Junk food tastes great, but It doesn’t keep you full.
  2. To lose weight, drink a lot of water. It will keep you feeling full.

keep that in mind

You have to keep that in mind when you order feta.

“Keep that in mind” means to remember something, or consider the effect of something on what we are doing now. We keep things in mind that are important to us for example, birthdays of friends and family. See the examples below:

  1. Sure you can go to the concert, but keep in mind that there is a test on Friday.
  2. When traveling abroad, keep in mind that you are a guest in a foreign country.

nice way

It's cooked in a nice way.

We use “in a nice way” when somebody does something in a way that you want or like. Here, mendi is cooked just the way Aiman likes it. Notice the following:

  1. Almost anyone can make a sandwich, but my mom makes it in a nice way.
  2. She explained the grammar in a nice, clear way.


You have to pronounce the name right.

To pronounce a word right, it’s not necessary to sound like a native speaker, but the sound must be understood by others. Note the sample sentences:

  1. Sorry, can you pronounce your last name again?
  2. I love Thai food, but I can never pronounce the dishes correctly.

If you know what I mean

a bit greasy if you know what I mean

We use “if you know what I mean” to express an idea or feeling without describing it in detail, we assume the listener has also had that idea or feeling. Jisheed is tasty (good) but greasy (bad). Here are two examples of “if you know what I mean”:

  1. Downloading free MP3’s is easy, but music companies have some problems with it if you know what I mean.
  2. My teacher is really good but boring if you know what I mean.