Hi there, this is Harry and welcome back to Advanced English lessons with Harry where
we tried to help you to get a better understanding of the English language. Perhaps you are
preparing for that all important job interviewing, English or perhaps you're preparing for
those proficiency exam, whatever you're trying to do, we're here to help you to help you
improve your grammar, your pronunciation, expressions, whatever it might be. Okay, so in this
particular lesson, this advanced English lesson, we're looking at collocations that describe
emotions. So advanced English lessons using collocations, I'm going to better get it right,
collocations, describing emotions, EMOT, ICO, and SME motions. Okay, so I've got a short list of
10. Okay, collocations, describing emotions, go through them first of all, then I'll give you an
example, hopefully a simple example that should help to explain it and if you don't understand it,
you know the drill, you come back to me and I'll help you out, give you some more examples. Okay, here we go.
To be gutted or to be absolutely gutted. Something or somebody means the world to me.
He means the world to me. To be completely blown away, to be completely blown away.
To totally lose it, totally lose it. To be dying to know something, dying to know something.
To make a fuss or make such a fuss, or you can use it the negative, don't make such a fuss.
To lose your temper, lose your cool, lose your rag, or simply just lose it. I lost it.
To be beside yourself, strange, I explain it later to be beside yourself, to be bored,
rigid, or be bored stiff. And then finally, thrilled to bits, thrilled to bits, and this is
more idiomatic and it's slightly informal, thrilled to bits. Okay, let's go through them,
then and give you those examples. To be absolutely gutted. Well, when we are gutted or
absolutely gutted, it means we just really, really disappointed. We've got lots of emotions,
because something happened that we totally were not expecting. We expected the opposite,
and then when it does turn out the opposite, well, we're absolutely gutted. So,
we're gutted that we didn't get that job. I mean, what happened? I thought I was
a number one position. I'd the best sales figures. I'd done the performance for the last couple
of years. The reviews were excellent, but that other guy got the promotion. I didn't. I mean,
I'm absolutely and totally gutted. I'm going to have to sit down with a manager and find out
where I went wrong. Okay, you might like the answer, of course, but that's what you have to do.
So, to be absolutely gutted, like a fish. You just don't know what you're going to do. Life is
not going to be the same. It's going to take a while to get over it to be absolutely gutted.
Something or somebody means the world to me. Well, it could be your pet. Your dog means the
world to me. My kids mean the world to me. My grandfather, my grandmother, my family, my relatives,
my best friends, all of my friends, mean the world to me. So, we use this form of emotion to say
what we're really into our family, into our friends. We really can't see how we can exist without them.
They mean the world to you. You do anything for them. You'll help them in any situation.
Your life is full of joy when you're around them and you're sad when you're not. So, they mean
the world to you. There's nothing could replace them. So, the world in itself has a massive value,
priceless, but the family mean the world to you. My grandparents, they mean the world to me.
Whatever it happens to be, they mean the world to you. You can really would lay down your life,
not literally, I hope, but lay down your life for those precious people or precious things
in your life. It could be your job, it means the world to you. That holiday traveling around the
world could literally mean the world to you. So, it doesn't have to always be about people. It
can't be about material things, but then we have to be very, very careful because then we get
accused of being materialistic, so we need to be really, really careful. To be completely
blown away by something. Well, I just wasn't expecting the present I got from my birthday. Okay,
it was my 50th or 60th. There was a big birthday, but wow, I was completely blown away by
the celebrations when I walked into the room, so all my friends there, I saw the big screen with
the collage of photographs, then everybody burst into happy birthday and oh, it's just, I just
don't know what words I could use to describe, but I was completely blown away. So, blown away
means, you just weren't expecting something, the wind was completely taken out of your sales,
you just were so surprised and it's not easy to surprise you, and you usually have things pretty
well figured out, but in this situation, you were blown away. Totally lose it. Well, when somebody
totally loses it, they just lose control. They start shouting and screaming for sometimes
no apparent reason, okay, but they just totally lose it. Perhaps they were having a bad day,
or bad hair day, as we say, yeah, not something I suffer from, but you can have a bad,
hair day, you can have a really bad day, and you totally lose it with the wrong person. Perhaps
the person who comes to a delivery of coffee, and they spit a little bit of coffee on the table.
Ah, yeah, okay, or somebody is going to get as we're saying, English, the wrong end of your
tongue, because you've just had lots and lots of problems for that week, that month, and then just
one little thing, one tiny little thing pushes you over the edge and you completely lose it.
So, you go to the office and you tell your friend, oh, he just won't believe it. I completely
lost it in the coffee shop. I don't know what came over me. I think it's just all this emotional.
These things go on in the last couple of weeks. The way to just build a little bit of coffee,
and I just lost it. I just lost it. I just got up and walked out. That's not like me at all,
to lose it. To be dying to know something. Well, when you're dying to know something,
it means you cannot wait. Oh, I'm dying to know what they bought me for Christmas. Yeah,
and dying to know who's going to get that job. I'm dying to know when that new movie comes out.
I really, really want to say the other two were excellent. So, when we're dying to know something,
we just cannot wait. We've got a real sense of urgency to see, to hear, to listen,
to get whatever that news happens to be. Okay, so I'm dying to, dying to know,
dying to understand, dying to meet. I'm dying to meet Beth on Friday and have a look at that ring.
She's, she told me today that she got engaged. Wow. I mean, there've only been going out for
three months and he's engaged or he's proposed to her already. So, let's, let's have a look at
the ring. So, wow, I can't wait for a Friday to come. So, dying to see, dying to get to know.
To make a fuss or to make such a fuss. So, when somebody makes a fuss, they make a lot of
knives and pay your attention that perhaps you don't really want. Now, again, it could be about
a simple birthday celebration and you actually let your friends know. Listen, guys,
I don't want any fuss. I don't want anybody to make a fuss over me. I don't really like
birthday celebrations. You know it, so please don't. Well, in reality, you want people to remember
your birthday, you'd like people to, perhaps even buy your cake, but you don't want all the
bells and whistles. So, don't make such a fuss. Please don't do anything that I wouldn't like.
Okay. Now, we can also use it when we're talking about some situation. Perhaps there was an argument
in the office because you forgot to send something to a client or some client didn't get what
they were expecting or they got the wrong thing and then the boss or your supervisor just went
ballistic. Yeah, they completely lasted and they would make such a fuss about it. Well, I mean,
look, okay, I got the order wrong. I accept that. I sent it late. I accepted. I forgot to post it.
I accepted, but come on, I can do it today. I can get it right. There's no need to make such a fuss.
So, and so many makes a fuss. They make a lot of noise about something. They create a lot of noise,
shout, you know, screaming, or they continuously tell you, look, well, this can't happen again
and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Okay. So, to make a fuss about something or to make such a fuss about
something. And the next one is about losing it, to lose your temper, to lose your cool, to lose your
rag. They all really mean the same. That just depends on how formal or informal you want to be.
To lose your temper, quite formal. To lose your cool, informal. To lose your rag,
slang. Okay. So, losing your temper, losing your cool, losing your rag is all about losing it.
When you lose control, you start shouting and screaming. Oh, I borrowed my father's car last week
and I had a little bit of an accident. Nothing much. Just somebody scraped the side of the car.
Well, my God, you should have heard him. He lost the rag completely. He started shouting and screaming.
And that's the last time I'm ever going to give you that guy. Don't ask me for the card up.
That just don't even waste your breath. Okay. So, he lost his rag. Or he lost his cool.
Or he lost his temper. Or just simply, well, you should have seen him. He just completely
lost it. He was standing in the room. I thought he was going to have a heart attack.
I read in the vase and that, no words could come out. He just completely lost it.
To be beside yourself. So, I said at the beginning, this was a sounds a little bit unusual
because beside is next to. Okay. So, it's an expression. I think it's more of an
Irish English expression than a British English expression. When somebody is beside themselves,
it means they are really worried. I'm beside myself with worry about my daughter. I just
don't know how to get through to anymore. She seems to have just given up. She hasn't been to college
for three, four days and she tells me she's got no lectures, but I know that's not true because
I saw her friend going to college the other day. So, something's going on. But I'm really beside
myself with worry because every time I ask her, she says, there's nothing. Don't worry about it. It's
okay. But there must be something. So, I need to get to the bottom of it. So, to be beside yourself
means to be worried, seriously worried about something that's happening. Besides yourself with worry,
about your job. Besides yourself with worry, about the kids. Besides yourself with worry,
about how you're going to pay for those really, really big fuel and energy bills that are going
to hit you during the winter. So, to be beside yourself with worry and concern. A very strong
but not so happy emotion. Okay. To be bored rigid or to be bored stiff. Well, we've all got to that
situation and we've all had experiences of it when we really, really, really can't take it anymore.
The movie, I was bored rigid watching that movie. I mean, really watching paint dry would be more
exciting. I was bored rigid in the lecture hall in this guy where adults, I mean, what is he doing?
He's treating us like kids. I mean, these lectures, they're really not good. So, you know,
really need to have somewhere with somebody. I think I'll go to my tutor and mention it to him
because I have the lessons that the lectures, they just bore me rigid, bore me, bore me stiff.
And I'm not the only one I can see. There are people falling asleep for God's sake. It's
absolutely terrible. It's outrageous. So, we can be bored stiff or bored rigid at anything that doesn't
attract or keep our attention. Okay. So, if we're not focused on it, the speech by the Managing
Director, every year at Christmas, we have the party. He stands up and I think he uses the same
speech. I forgot now. I've been there so many years but it's awful stuff. I can't wait to these
oh, so I can get to the bar and have a beer. But, you know, he bows me rigid or he bows me stiff.
So, something that just isn't interesting. Doesn't float your boat, as I say.
It doesn't give you any real reason to listen. To be bored rigid, bored stiff. And then finally,
thrilled to bits. Well, this is more informal. It's a bit of an idiomatic expression.
Ah, he was thrilled to bits when he got your card. He wasn't expecting that, you know, he
hadn't heard for you for a while. He was thrilled to bits when he passed his exam because
really, it means a lot to him. She was thrilled to bits when she got picked for the hockey team.
You know, we haven't had anybody in the family who's represented the school before. So, she's the
first. So, that's a real first for everybody. So, she was thrilled to bits.
thrilled to bits mean really, really excited. You know, you could see the excitement on her face.
Guess what? Guess what? I got picked for the team. You know, it's a really, really
happy thrilled to bits. Okay. So, there, these holocations describe in emotions. As I said,
we've got 10 of them are given to you once more. And practice them, see, can you introduce them,
see, can you use them when you're describing emotions with yourself or people that you know.
To be gutted or to be absolutely or totally gutted. Something or somebody
means the world to you. Somebody or something means the world to you. To be completely blown away by
something. So, to a real good experience. To totally lose it, to lose control, totally lose it.
To be dying to know curiosity, inquisitive, to be dying to know something.
To make a fuss or make such a fuss about something. Lose your temper, lose your cool,
lose your rag, just simply lose it. Okay. And be beside yourself means to be really concerned,
to be beside yourself with worry. To be bored rigid, be bored stiff, exactly the same,
and then finally thrilled to bits. Okay. So, all holocations, there's advanced English,
holocations dealing with emotions. Okay. As always, thanks for listening and if you need to contact
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