Expressing Emotions and Feelings in English (EFL/ESL Lessons)

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Expressing emotions and feelings in English 

Expressing emotions and feelings is part of our life, and it is something everyday. For every English learner, it is very important to know how to express emotions to communicate well. We are humans. As a result, it is natural that our moods may change several times during the day. Here, in this lesson, I will present to you some of the expressions and adjectives that you can use to express your feelings and emotions. 

We can use adjectives ending with /ed/ to express emotions and feelings.

Positive feelings and emotions (+)

finding something funny or entertaining.
Satisfied Feeling pleased 
Motivated To feel energized to do something.
Fascinated Very interested.
Interested Giving your attention to something 
RelaxedVery calm


Attracted  loving something so much.

Examples of using expressing positive emotions in English

  • She is very happy with what you did.
  • I’m quite interested in your project.
  • They are really relaxed here. I think I will take a nap too.

Negative feelings and emotions (-)


Disappointed It means sad and displeased.
Shocked Very surprised
Annoyed A bit angry at something.
Disgusted It means a strong feeling of dislike and disapproval.
Embarrassed A feeling of shyness, especially in front of people.


Thinking about unpleasant things that happened or might happen in the future.
Bored A feeling of tiredness and lack of interest.
SurprisedThe feeling caused by something that happened suddenly.

Examples of using expressing negative emotions in English

  • I’m disappointed with the test result.
  • When I stand in front of people, I feel embarrassed.
  • I was absent yesterday. I’m really worried.

We can also use adjectives ending with /ing/ in order to describe places and activities. 

Positive adjectives (+) to describe places and activities

  • Amusing
  • Satisfying
  • Motivating
  • Fascinating
  • Interesting
  • Relaxing
  • Attracting/attractive

Negative objectives (-) to describe places and activities

  • Disappointing
  • Shocking
  • Annoying
  • Disgusting
  • Embarrassing
  • Worrying
  • Boring
  • Surprising

Examples to describe activities and places in English

  • Playing football is really amusing.
  • Your jump was really surprising
  • Some classes are very boring.


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