What Advantages Can I Gain By Using A More Vibrant And Engaging Vocabulary?
If you’re looking for an effective way to learn English, this English language lesson is for you! This lesson will teach you how to use vivid and interesting English vocabulary to make your conversations more engaging and expressive. You’ll get invaluable listening practice as the lesson exposes you to unfamiliar words and phrases. Get ready to improve your English skills and take your language to the next level. Start your journey today!
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When you step outside of your comfort zone and experiment with new and interesting English words, you open up a world of possibilities. You’ll become more proficient at understanding and expressing yourself in English, and you’ll learn a variety of new words to add to your everyday conversations. As you learn new English words, your English language skills will improve and the chances of misunderstandings and misunderstandings will diminish.
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Most Unusual Words:
Excited Delighted Thrilled Enthusiastic Passionate Bothered Flavour
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Transcript: Captivate Your English Listeners With Fun And Engaging Vocabulary
Hi there. Today, let’s talk about how to use more interesting, vivid words again. It’s fine to use simple words when you first start to speak English, but as you improve, you’ll want to understand a broader range of words - and then gradually you’ll find yourself using a broader range of words too. That’s how you improve. So last time we focused on this, we looked at ‘I’m hungry’ and ‘I’m thirsty’ and at some of the different ways that English speakers might say this. That was podcast 584. So let’s focus today on using some more vivid language - for ways that you feel? Do you sometimes feel excited or enthusiastic? Let’s have a look today at different words you can use in English to make these phrases more interesting and more expressive.
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Different words for ‘excited’?
OK. So you want to stop using boring English words and use more interesting ones instead!! So how do English speakers express enthusiasm or excitement?
Well the obvious way to say it - ‘I’m excited’, that’s EXCITED. So someone may ask whether you’re looking forward to your holiday - and you reply ‘I’m excited. It’s a couple of years since I’ve been on a beach holiday’. Or you might be about to start a new job, so you say ‘I feel nervous and excited at the same time’. ‘Nervous’, NERVOUS means ‘a little bit scared’ - that type of excitement.
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‘Delighted’ or ‘thrilled’?
So how else might we say we’re ‘excited’? Well if you’ve just had good news - say, one of your family is pregnant - or someone’s just had a baby, you might say ‘I’m delighted’, that’s DELIGHTED. And ‘delight’, DELIGHT is a noun in English too. You might hear the phrase ‘to my delight’ - that means you were really pleased when this particular thing happened. ‘To my delight, my neighbour brought round some gin and tonic’. You might also hear this word ‘delight’ as a noun in the context of something we call ‘Turkish delight’. It’s a rose flavoured jelly sweet, and it’s called ‘lokum’ in Turkish, I understand. But the word ‘delighted’ is what you’ll hear more often. And that means we’re ‘really pleased’ - about some good news usually. If you’re a member of the Royal Family, or perhaps you’re just a bit posh - a bit upper class, in that case you might say ‘I’m thrilled’. That’s THRILLED. Whenever there’s a royal announcement of a pregnancy, a marriage or a birth, British Royal family members all say ‘I’m thrilled’. So use this if you want to sound upper class - but for most people ‘delighted’ will do!
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‘Passionate’, ‘keen’ and ‘eager’
I’ve talked before about hobbies and interests recently - and actually how important they are to your wellbeing. That was in podcast 603. Well, if you have an activity that you’re really interested in, that really excites you, you might call it ‘a passion’, PASSION. ‘I have a passion for horse riding’ perhaps. And the adjective you might use for the way you feel here - ‘passionate’, PASSIONATE. You could say ‘I’m passionate about horse riding’ or ‘I’m passionate about gardening’. Another way in which we might use this word - if our beliefs are strong, you might say for instance be ‘passionate about women’s rights’ or ‘passionate about the environment’ or ‘I’m a passionate believer in animal welfare’. So to be ‘passionate’ about something, it means you care. You really, really care. And still in the context of ‘things you like doing’, if you’re excited about an activity, you’re excited about doing something, we might say you’re ‘keen’, that’s KEEN. That means that you’re really excited and ready to do something. ‘My nephew is keen to try windsurfing’ or ‘my uncle is a keen fisherman’. Another word for this is ‘eager’, EAGER. The difference in meaning perhaps is that ‘keen’ tends to be more permanent, whereas if you’re ‘eager to do something’, it’s a bit more ‘of the moment’, a bit more temporary. ‘I’m eager to see the wedding photographs’ or ‘I’m eager to try out that new restaurant’. My eagerness - that’s the noun to go with ‘eager’ - will be satisfied by going doing this thing’, possibly just once. Whereas if I’m ‘keen’ on something, I’ll probably want to do it lots of times.
‘Enthusiastic’ is another adjective which shows excitement - that’s ENTHUSIASTIC. And there’s also the noun ‘enthusiasm’, ENTHUSIASM. This one is a good general all-round word that you can use in lots of contexts. Like I said in podcast 603, I think that having ‘enthusiasm’ is really important - good for your wellbeing!
‘Enthusiastic, wired and fired up’ or ‘hot and bothered’?
Another type of being excited? And this one can have a bit more of a negative flavour. You’re a bit over-excited maybe - how you may get if you’ve had too much coffee or there’s just too much excitement? So these words for being excited have a slightly negative flavour. You might say ‘I’m wired’, WIRED. If you’re having a strong feeling that you can’t contain and you want to take action - you might say ‘I’m all fired up’, FIRED UP. So this could be with enthusiasm. ‘I’m all fired up’ - I want to get on with a task that requires energy, ‘I’m ‘all fired up - let’s go and sort out that mess in your bedroom’, I might say to my son. Or ‘all fired up’ can mean that you’re a bit angry about something - you want to get going on sorting it out, fixing it. ‘I’m all fired up - I’m going to go and speak to that neighbour who’s parked their car over my driveway’. Other ways to say this, we might say ‘You’re worked up’. Or you’re ‘keyed up’ is another way of saying this. It means that someone is experiencing strong emotions, a strong reaction. And another way still that we say? ‘He’s getting all hot and bothered’, that’s HOT and BOTHERED. This one is slightly making fun of the person though - to say someone is getting ‘hot and bothered’. So you might be unlikely to say it to someone directly - unless you want to make them more ‘hot and bothered’, of course!
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Or are you ‘on the edge of your seat’?
Back now to the more positive end of excitement. If you’re watching a film or a series on Netflix perhaps, that’s exciting. That’s difficult to stop watching, because you want to know what happens next. You might have a ‘binge watch’ as we say - BINGE. That means you watch a lot of episodes all at once. Here we might express excitement by saying ‘you’re on the edge of your seat’. We might use that phrase negatively when we’re waiting for some news that will have a big impact - you might be ‘on the edge of your seat with worry’. But we can also use it in a positive way. If a series on TV has me ‘on the edge of my seat’, it means I’m enjoying it!
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Quiz to recap and for pronunciation practice
Let’s do some pronunciation practice now, while we just recap on the words that you’ve learned? This will help you remember them. But it will also give you some speaking practice. Try to repeat these sentences after me. And the context that I’ve used in each sentence will remind of the particular ‘flavour’, the particular meaning of this word, inside the broader idea of ‘excited’.
- I was so excited to go on holiday and fly on a plane for the first time after lockdown.
- My son is nervous about his Maths test.
- My sister is delighted with her new puppy.
- Prince Charles was thrilled to hear of another grandchild on the way.
- I’m passionate about animal welfare.
- He’s keen to have piano lessons.
- I’ll be eager to get out in the garden in the spring.
- I’m enthusiastic about our new projects for Adept English.
- I get wired when I have too much coffee.
- He’s all fired up about his new job.
- Don’t get hot and bothered - I’m going to move my car straight away!
- We were on the edge of our seats the whole time as we watched that second series!
OK - practise these words and expressions by listening to this podcast a number of times until they become familiar to you. And use the quiz to test how well you’ve remembered them.
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