Welcome to our Daily English Listening Practice with this week’s series:
10 Common English Expressions
Today we talk about Common English Expressions on Happiness. We include 10 common words and phrases that you’ll actually hear in casual conversation, and we’ll show you which common textbook phrases are boring and overused.
Listen to the audio clips to hear the pronunciation and usage of each phrase.
Couldn’t be Happier
Notes: use it when you’re really happy; also, things couldn’t be better
Notes: like-happy, gym-happy, trigger happy, car-happy
Notes: carefree, sometimes naive
Notes: happily married, sometimes used when someone doesn’t realize a) you’re married or b) you’re happy in your marriage
I’d be happy to…
Notes: good replacement for “my pleasure” very easy to use
Notes: usually sarcastic, “happy hunting on that one” when someone is looking for something they probably won’t find or they need to put in a lot of work to find.
Notes: similar to a compromise, you can find a happy medium, you can work on a happy medium
Notes: a happy camper happily goes along with what other people are doing, if you not a happy camper, you are a bit mad that something didn’t go your way
Notes: glowing: someone who is happy, pregnant, or healthy beaming: someone who is very happy
Chuffed to Bits
Notes: UK only, very pleased
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!
Happy as a clam: what to say instead: “Happy as Can Be” “Couldn’t be happier”
Over the Moon
In 7th Heaven – old American TV Show
Having a Whale of a Time
On Top of the World: what to use instead: I’m feeling unstoppable
Not sure if a phrase is cliche or not? Ask away in the comments below!
Kat and Mark