Describing negative emotions
Describing negative emotions (talking about how you or other people feel) is an useful skill in English. However, there is a lot of different vocabulary that needs to be learned.
Read the sentences below and see if you know the words in bold. Match each word with a definition below.
A. I though it was a fancy dress party so I dressed up as a pirate, but everybody else was wearing jeans and t-shirts. I was so embarrassed!
B. I have been studying English grammar for years but still make simple mistakes. I’m so frustrated.
C. His house has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a swimming pool, and I just live in a one bedroom apartment. I’m so jealous!
D. I went on a two week holiday by myself, but I was much younger than everyone else at the hotel so I didn’t really meet any one. I was quite lonely actually.
E. I was studying late last night and I had to get up at 5am to get to work. I’m exhausted!
Feeling uncomfortable with yourself because of something you did that socially awkward or made you feel foolish in front of others.
Feeling of being annoyed because you cannot change or achieve something.
Feeling of being unhappy with what you have because you think someone else has something better or that you are being missed out / ignored.
Feeling of being alone (in a negative sense). Wanting to be involved in something with other people.
Extremely tired, no energy remaining.
Now use the five words describing negative emotions to complete the situations.
Match the feeling with THREE situations.
a) Jenny went to a 3 day rock festival. It was really fun but she didn’t sleep much at all during it.
b) Kate was rushing to catch a bus but she slipped over. All the people on the bus saw her and started laughing.
c) Kelly is trying to talk to her boyfriend on the phone but the reception is poor. She can’t hear what he is saying.
d) Mark started his new job today as a waiter. He accidentally spilled wine all over a customer.
e) John and Tom ordered different meals at a restaurant. John’s meal looks bigger and better. Tom wishes he ordered what John ordered.
f) Mark keeps talking to his wife about a woman he met at work. She sounds great. But she doesn’t like how he keeps talking about her.
Mark’s wife was
g) Rick moved abroad. He is having trouble making new friends.
h) Max just ran a marathon. He is breathing hard and sweating a lot.
i) Jenny’s housemate moved out to live with her boyfriend. They were not only housemates but best friends. Now she has nobody to talk to when she comes home.
j) Mark is a teacher. His students never do their homework. He doesn’t know what to do.
k) John’s shorts fell down while he was playing basketball.
l) John’s girlfriend recently broke up with him. He feels lost without her. They did everything together.
m) Jack sees his girlfriend talking and laughing with an attractive man at a party.
n) Kate hasn’t had a day off work in about a month!
o) Tom has an important assignment due for university but his computer isn’t working. He can’t fix it.