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Don’t Speak Old School English – Stop Using These English Words

Many beginners in English struggle to speak fluent English as they are stuck with basic English words which gamers their English fluency. It’s time you leave old school English and learn better English words to replace very commonly used words in spoken English. This Advanced English lesson by Meera will teach you better words for Good, Bad, Happy & Sad. These are very common words used in daily English conversation but are overused and don’t fit in every situation. 

Complete Lesson Transcript : –

Hey guys, welcome back to Let’s Talk, my name is Meera. Well today I am going to ask you guys to replace four extremely basic words from your own daily language and you know what let’s start using wiser, wittier and fun words, right? So which are these four words that I’ve got for you? Well “good”, “bad”, “sad” and “happy” and I really think using these words all the time has made our language really boring, don’t you guys think so? So guys let us begin, “how was the food?” You would say, “it was good.” How was your test? You would say again, “it was good.” Well is that it? Is that the only word we know? Here is how you can use different words just for the same word. For example if you want to say that someplace is a good looking place, you know nice place, good looking place or some clothes are good looking clothes and want to pass a compliment to someone, right? Then you can always use the word, “classy”, “hey, that dress is looking classy” or “you are looking classy in that dress”, well here’s another one, when anything surprises you to a point that it takes your breath away, wow! And you’re thinking to yourself, oh wow this is so good that I can’t even speak properly, well you can use the word “breathtaking” over here, for example, “this brownie is breathtaking”, “this view is breathtaking”. Let us quickly compare and see how “good” looks versus other words, “this view is so good” and now “this view is breathtaking”, isn’t this much more expressive? Well let’s take a look at another word “marvellous”. Here whenever anything impresses you a lot, whether it is about sports, a speech, an idea that has put a smile on your face and an impression in your mind, you can always say, “Jill that is a marvellous idea”, “Samantha, how did you come up with such a marvellous speech?” See how a simple sentence can turn into an impressive one. Well guys now let us see what else fits in the word “good”. Well when certain suggestions, piece of advice probably, relationships or even jewelry are so good, you would want to take care of them and preserve them properly, right? And express, to express this in a much better way you can use the word “valuable” instead of saying “so good”, “thank you for such a valuable advice”, “my relationship with my daughter is valuable”. Guys doesn’t this feel positive? Getting to know interesting words to replace the old ones, superb! Let us move forward with the next word and the next word is. “bad”. Now guys so many things happen or so many things can be bad, isn’t it? Experience, food, clothes, someone’s behavior as well right, don’t you think so? Now for instance you want to say that someone’s behavior was bad, bad behavior, you can always say it in this way, “Ron, your behavior was bad” instead now we’re going to replace it, “Ron your behavior was unacceptable”. Another word for bad attitude, “your attitude towards life is lousy” which means poor attitude or annoying attitude that doesn’t help you go any further in life. Let us say that you want to talk about food okay, “the pasta we ate yesterday was awful”, “the first time I baked a cake it was awful”. Well sometimes you want to tell somebody or someone that you had a bad experience, you can always use the word “rough” or a rough day when nothing goes right, right? “Our flight experience was rotten” it’s just another example. It’s an informal way of expressing bad experience. “The character in that movie was bad”, now replace this “the character in that movie was appalling”, “the cat was suffering from appalling injuries”. Well this is another way of using bad. Now let us move on to something happy and the word “happy” itself. So I think it is time for us to start using different words to express happiness even, why? Because there are times when you feel happy when things go the way you wanted them to be. So here’s how you can say it, “I got lucky today” or “it is your lucky day, enjoy the free burger”, that is one type of happiness, don’t you think so? Just being lucky and feeling happy about it. There’s another type, when you want to express happiness that gives you tears and excitement at the same time, so you can say, “the book I recently read, was ecstatic”, “the pregnancy news made me feel ecstatic”. Now when you’re overjoyed after achieving something or anything and you feel “elated”, for example “after receiving the best actor award she was elated”, “I’m simply elated to see my progress”. In the next word which is “delighted”, you want to say or express how glad you are to meet someone, to be at some place or to receive something… “We are delighted to serve you tonight”, “I am delighted to meet you”. Now guys the next one is, whenever you feel sudden excitement or sudden happiness, especially when you expected it the least you could always use the word, “thrilled”. “I was thrilled to go on that ride”, “his surprise, thrilled her”. So we have yet again managed to turn a simple word “happy”, into a much expressive version of the same word, don’t you think so? Now with the same idea we’re going to move to our last similar word which is similarly overused by all of us and that is, “sad”. Come I’ll make this word much more happening for you guys today. Now usually there are times when the weather becomes dark all of a sudden with the clouds so dark outside the window and people are not, you know enjoying the way they usually do, right? Most importantly you yourself start feeling less joyful, then you can always use the word, “gloomy”. “The weather is so gloomy today”, “no matter what music I listen to it still feels gloomy”. Now guys there are also times when there is a lot of tension without any actual reason or proper reason, what can you do, what can you use? At that point you’re actually feeling “melancholy”. “The music is so melancholy, let us change it”, “I could sense the melancholy around him”. When something is very unpleasant, right? When you don’t like something, you can always say “woeful”. “The class expressed a woeful silence when the results were announced”, “she was looking extremely woeful with tears in her eyes”. Now this one I’m sure most of us know and probably used, “blue”. Especially it is for, when your mood is off and not just because of weather this time you know, this is because you’re just simply feeling sad about anything it could be about work, it could be about results, anything so you are basically feeling “blue”. “I’m going to eat a bar of chocolate because I’m feeling blue”. Now guys, at times using fashionable words in place of boring words can actually help you just the way it helps me every day. But that is all for the day guys, I will be back with another interesting topic that helps you better your English, until then make sure you practice and use these words guys, alright? Well this is Meera signing off for the day, ciao.

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