英会話のコツ:How to express negative emotions

Hello again everyone! I hope you are well. 

Today, I want to teach you how to express sadness in English, and the different reasons we can feel sad.

1. Upset

Being upset can mean sad, angry or generally very disturbed. The more upset someone is, the more likely they are to show their frustration. 

2. Disappointed/despair

This isn't nice. When your hopes are not met, or your expectations aren't realized, you feel this way. Despair is much stronger - use this when you have lost all hope or are upset about something becoming better again. 

3. Grief

This is a powerful way to describe the mental suffering you feel when you have lost something important in your life. I hope you don't need to use this often!

4. Dark

This is what we use to describe moods or things that contain few or no positive redeeming factors. Something that is dark often expresses negative concepts that we know well, don't think about, or like to ignore.

5. Melancholy

This is intense sadness or depression, which is especially chronic (lasts a long time) or which happens often.

6. Love

Why is this on here? Surely this is one of the most positive emotions? Well, not if it is unrequited love. This is when you really love someone but they don't love you - they don't return the love. Have you ever experienced this?

7. Heartbroken

This is very powerful and one of the worst things anyone can feel.  Some people (including myself) think that it can have very serious effects on your body, mind and health - even causing death. Hearts can be broken when you lose someone you love. This is one of the saddest words and feelings in the English language, in my opinion.

Take care!

Ryan :)