This week in my daily English diary, I said that everyone at the local immigration office was "very kind" to me. But a few weeks ago, I said that the sunny autumn weather was "kind of hot" that day. It seems like the word 'kind' has two different meanings, right?!
Well, actually, it has MORE than two different meanings! But today, let me quickly tell you about these two that I just mentioned.
In the first case, the word 'kind' means being nice, helpful, friendly, or caring. The people at the immigration office helped me renew my ID card with a smile. They were very kind. This is the usual definition of 'kind' in the dictionary.
In the second case, about the hot weather, please notice that the word 'kind' is attached to the word 'of'. This is important. Here, the phrase 'kind of' means 'a little bit'. The weather that day wasn't super hot... it was just a little bit hot. Maybe a little more than usual for the season. This meaning of 'kind of' is very common in speaking, but it's a little casual. So you won't see it often in writing.
Please be aware that both 'kind' and 'kind of' do have other meanings. But I think this tip is already getting kind of long, so I will be kind and tell you all about that in a future tip...
This learning tip is part of my short daily diary. It's in easy English so you can enjoy some listening & reading practice and learn some useful daily conversation. Enjoy!
↓ Watch the original videos mentioned in today's tip!
"Everyone was very kind." https://youtu.be/3alW7uio-Rk
"It was kind of hot." https://youtu.be/meFmchHxC14