Welcome to our Daily English Listening Practice with this week’s series:
11 Common English Expressions
Today we talk about Common English Expressions on Sadness. We include 11 common words and phrases that you’ll actually hear, and we’ll show you which common textbook phrases are boring and overused.
Notes: not incredibly sad, “just a little down”
Notes: not incredibly sad, just “having an off day”
Cry your Eyes Out
Notes: a bit melodramatic, used to emphasize that a show or film made you cry or touched you, not really used in serious situations
Notes: a mix of crying and screaming or loud noises, very intense crying, also, bawling your eyes out
My Heart Sank
Notes: my heart, just, sank. I was heartbroken.
Notes: crying with deep breaths
Notes: if you’re in a new place or country, you might be missing home and are homesick
That’s Disgusting / Upsetting / Horrible / Terrible
Notes: these are very passionate responses to hearing bad news
Sorry to Hear That
Notes: this is a polite response, pretty formal, you may or may not care very much.
Notes: can be used softly in a polite way, but it’s usually used in a rude or sarcastic way, in a rude way: tough sh*t
Sorry not Sorry
Tired of old, overused cliches in English?
Sometimes you read phrases in textbooks that are really overused in the English language.
We found these 6 ESL textbook phrases that we are so tired of hearing!
Down in the Mouth
Down in the dumps – shorten it to down instead
Case of the Mondays – please don’t say this unless you want to make someone mad
Face like a Wet Weekend – this was one of the top phrases in an ESL book, and we’ve never heard it before
Gloomy – use to describe the outside weather, not yourself use moody if you’re feeling off or down or agitated
Not sure if a phrase is cliche or not? Ask away in the comments below!
Kat and Mark