Feelings Vocabulary in English
I feel sad, lonely, afraid, blue, depressed, down, stressed
I feel happy, positive, wonderful, enthusiastic, energetic, confident,
Voice message from Ana from Mexico: How does Ana feel and why?
(Ana from Mexico feels disappointed, upset. She doesn’t feel well –
because of her level of English)
I wrote to Ana and asked her for to tell us a bit more about her
profession and which jobs has she applied for. She answered by email:
“I’m a manufacturing engineer and I have applied for these kind of jobs,
such as a project engineer, process engineer and others jobs related to
I think I have not been accepted because the level of English they need
is advanced, it is because global companies work with people around the
world. It is required to talk about specifications of machines,
materials, measures, tolerances, and more,especially over negotiations
I think her English is very, very good.
Are the following positive or negative feelings?
Anxious – ansioso/a
Ashamed – avergonzado/a – “Craig is ashamed of his level of Spanish.”
Astonished (amazed, surprised) – asombrado – “We are astonished at the
number of listeners we have.”
Awful (horrible, terrible) – espantoso/a
Bored (uninterested) – aburrido/a
Stereotypes and Cultural Myths about
What about the UK?
Let’s bust some cultural myths!
1. Everyone in England speaks with either a London Cockney accent or
posh like the Queen.
2. We’re always drinking tea. India, Turkey, China and Ireland drink
more (per head of population).
Brits drink almost as much coffee as tea. “Come round for tea” = come to
our house for the evening meal.
3. We all know Sean Connery, Mick Jagger, David Beckham and The Queen
4. Everyone lives in London or in houses like Downtown Abbey.
5. The food is terrible! Britain has four restaurants that have a 3
michelin stars and has the 4th, 5th and 9th best restaurant in the world,
according to Trip Advisor (http://uk.businessinsider.com/tripadvisors-best-restaurants-in-the-world-2015-2015-10?r=US&IR=T)
Gordon Ramsey, Jamie Oliver, Heston Blumenthal
6. It’s always raining (Britain is number 46th in a list of worldwide
this is above countries such as New Zealand (29th) and even the USA
It drizzles a lot in the UK.
Brits speak about the weather a lot and it’s also common to see rain and
bad weather in British art. Winters are longer than summer in the UK.
Do the British always carry umbrellas?
How to Tell a Story in English
How can you tell good stories in English?
We often use the narrative tenses to tell stories:
Past simple – -ed endings on regular verbs Episode 60 and irregular
verbs Episode 73
We can use the past simple to talk about events that happened in
I parked the car, got out, crossed the road and suddenly the bike hit
Past continuous – Episode 88
Use the past continuous to describe activities in progress at the time
of your story, or to describe the background.
“When I left my flat the sun was shinning, the birds were singing,
people were walking to work and having breakfast outside cafes.”
NB. The length of time of the action is irrelevant as regards choosing
between Past Simple and Past Continuous:
“I lived (Past simple) in Salamanca for 2 years”
They are only used for contrast of background and main verbs:
“When I was living (Past continuous) in Salamanca, I met (Past simple)
my friend Lara.”