How to become fluent in spoken English? A common question many of my students ask me. I always tell them stop speaking Basic English and learn some advanced English vocabulary in your everyday English conversations. In this English speaking practice lesson with your favourite English teacher Michelle, learn 20 powerful English words to replace – Happy, Sad, Angry & Scared. The English language is rich with words, so why get stuck with basic vocabulary, enhance your English communication with better word replacements.
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Hey everybody, how are you feeling today, are you happy, are you sad, are you angry or are you scared? Well guys as you can see I have all of these emotions for you on the board today and today I’m going to teach you 20 different ways to express yourself in English, to talk about your emotions, after all emotions are something that we all go through and we must have a strong vocabulary for that, so come on let’s get started with our lesson for the day, my name is Michelle and you’re watching Let’s Talk, the place to improve your vocabulary. So let’s start with our first emotion for the day and that is “happiness”, so how can you express being happy? Well the first word that I have for you is ‘glad’, that you’re feeling glad about something. So when can you use this word? Well imagine that your friend is coming over to your place you’d say, “I’m glad that you’re coming over to meet me”, that’s how you will use this word it means you’re very happy. Now another level of being happy is being is called ‘delighted’, okay imagine that you have to go to your friend’s party and you’re very excited about it you’ll tell her, “hey, I’m delighted to come to your party today”, so that’s delighted. Great, now let’s look at the third way to express your happiness, we have already looked at glad, we’ve looked at delighted now the other word that I have for you is ‘cheerful’, well cheerful is not just feeling, it’s also a word that you can use to describe someone’s personality. So if there is a person who is always happy, wow I love these kind of people first of all… we would say that he or “she has a cheerful personality”, that’s cheerful for you. Now apart from cheerful there are two more words that you can use to express your happiness and for that one we have ‘thrilled’ so imagine that somebody got your favourite flowers for you on your birthday, what would you say? You’d say, “I’m thrilled to receive these flowers, what a lovely present”, so that’s thrilled. Lovely, and with that we’ve reached our last word to talk about happiness and this word is called as ‘ecstatic’, well this word actually comes from the English word ‘ecstasy’, which is a noun and ecstatic is an adjective which you use to talk about how you’re feeling. So guys, ecstasy is a state of consistent happiness, where you’re so happy that there is no sadness at all, you’re completely happy, okay? So when you’re so happy you would say that “you’re feeling ecstatic” and I think the best place to use this word is when you want to talk about the birth of a child, you would say that “the couple was ecstatic at the birth of their first child”. Now as you notice that I used the preposition ‘at’ with it so the same way when you want to use the word ecstatic, you would say that you’re ‘ecstatic about’ something or ‘ecstatic at’ something, that’s ecstatic for you. So the couple was ecstatic at the birth of their first child… And now we have all of these five words to talk about happiness, now let’s move on to our next emotion and as you can see that is “sadness”, so how do you express being sad? Well if you are really sick and you’re very sad because you’re sick, then you’re feeling miserable, yes, that’s the first word, feeling ‘miserable’. Right so if you know someone who is sick and you want to ask them then you could say that “hey are you sick? You look miserable” So either you can say that you ‘feel miserable’ or you ‘look miserable’ which have to do more with sickness. Now let’s look at the second word that you can use to talk about feeling really sad and that is ‘upset’. So if something really bad has happened with you, you’d say that “I’m feeling really upset because my dog died last evening”, okay? So that’s how you use the word upset which means you’re very unhappy and very sad about it. Now the third word that I have for you is ‘sombre’. So when somebody die is the overall atmosphere becomes really sombre, so you could say, “ever since my dog has passed away the atmosphere at my home is really sombre”, so that’s sombre for you and now let’s look at the next word that we have to talk about sadness, well we’ve already looked at miserable, upset and sombre the next word is ‘gloomy’. So gloomy is usually used to talk about weather, so when there’s this really sad weather and the sky is really clouded, you begin to feel gloomy. But at the same time if something really bad has happened with you and you’re unhappy then you could say that you’re feeling gloomy about something. So for instance if you lost your job, you could say that “I’ve been gloomy ever since I’ve lost my job, I don’t know how to regain my happiness”, okay? Now let’s look at the fourth way, which is an extreme way to talk about being sad and that is ‘depressed’. Now again this word ‘depressed’ comes from an English noun which is ‘depression’, now guys depression is a medical condition where you feel really disturbed because of losing somebody or having a really bad experience that’s not the kind of feeling that I’m mainly talking about here today, so what I’m talking about is the overall feeling of sadness which lasts only for a while, so for that you could say that “I’m really depressed because I’ve lost my job”, right? Which means you’re extremely sad or as you could say, “I’m a bit depressed because of my work situation here”, right? So that’s how you talk about feeling depressed temporarily and not about the medical condition depression, okay? Now moving on let’s look at our next feeling and that is mmm… being “scared”, okay what are you scared of? Well if I have to answer this question I’d say, I’m really afraid of spiders. So over here instead of using the word scared, I used the word ‘afraid’ and that’s my first synonym to talk about being scared. Now apart from this word you could say that you’re ‘frightened’ of something, which means you’re very scared of something, that’s frightened. So you’ve to look carefully at the spelling because in this word we have ‘gh’ in the middle, which is not really pronounced so when you write it remember to add ‘gh’ so that’s frightened. Now you can be afraid of something, you can be frightened of something, you could also feel something terrible when you’re terrified of something, so ‘terrified’ means being extremely scared of something. So well if I have to answer this question “I’m really terrified of heights” and if you’re scared of something particular you could say that you’re ‘terrified of’ it. Now did you notice I used the preposition ‘of’ so usually when you say use the word ‘terrified’ you need to mention, what are you ‘terrified of’? What is that thing which gets you really scared? So that’s how you say, you’re ‘terrified of’ something. Great, now let’s move on and look at the next word that we have for being scared and that is, ‘creeped out’. So if something scares you a lot you could say that it ‘creeps you out’, so for me you know clowns, I’m really scared of them and they actually creep me out, which means that when I see them I almost feel like I saw a ghost, so I’d say that “I don’t like clowns because they creep me out”, but it’s important when you say creep out you add ‘me’ in the middle of that to talk about what creeps you out, or else you could just say that “clowns creep me out”, okay? Now the final one that we have is, ‘spooked out’. So if there’s a loud noise in the room, I’m sure you will be spooked out, especially if it’s in the middle of the night when there is no light and absolutely dark and you recently watched a horror movie… I’m sure you’ll be spooked out. Or else I remember this other time, when in the middle of the night there was this loud noise and my cat spooked out like, oh she was so scared about who was there or somebody had just entered the room, so that spooked out for you and with that we have already looked at five words to talk about being scared. Now we’re moving to the last section of our lesson wishes to talk about “anger”. So the first word that you can use to talk about anger is, ‘mad’, okay? Okay so when you’re angry at somebody, you could say that “I’m really mad at you for not getting to the restaurant in time”. Now again with mad I have used the preposition ‘at’ and similarly you also need to mention what are you angry about by using mad at something, so mad at you or mad at her or mad about something, okay? Now the other word that you can use to express your anger is ‘furious’, so if you have lost some important documents you could say, “I’m really furious because I can’t find my college degree”, well obviously if you can’t find it you’ll be really angry and you’d want to find it as soon as possible because that’s a very important document. Now with that we have another word which is ‘enraged’. So guys if you are enraged that could be because you’re extremely angry about something and again in a similar situation you could say that “I’m enraged because I couldn’t catch my flight and it only left when I arrived the airport” so you could say that “I’m enraged because I couldn’t catch my flight”. Now with that we move to the next word which is, ‘heated’. So heated is generally used when you’re very angry because of what someone said to you, it’s also used in as an adjective to talk about an argument, so you could say that “I had a heated argument with her” which means a very angry, very emotionally charged argument. You could also say that “after she spoke to me like that, I’m really heated don’t talk to me” which means I’m really angry and with that we have the last and the most extreme way of talking about anger and that is “pissed off”. So guys pissed off means you’re extremely angry about something, you’re so angry that you could do something really bad at that time and again this is a slang expression, it’s a really rude expression so you want to be careful of using it. But yes when you use it you’re surely telling that you’re angry to the fullest as much as it can get. So you could say that I had to stand in the line or “I had to stand in the queue for two hours only to fill a form, I’m absolutely pissed off” okay so that’s how you use the word ‘pissed off’ and with that as you can see we’ve come to the end of our lesson where today you’ve learnt 20 new words to express yourself in English and I hope that next time when you need to talk about any of these emotions, you will not struggle for words, so make sure you keep a list of these words handy so that you can use them whenever you need it, and yes my tip for you at the end of the lesson will be, be sure to recap and revise whatever new words you learn, at least every three days you must revise it once so that you can remember it forever. So thank you so much for watching this lesson with me, I hope this was useful and you got a few words for your vocabulary bank, come back for more lessons with me, this is Michelle signing off bye-bye.