English Express | Laughter and Anger Idioms


Learn idioms you can use to describe laughter and anger emotions in this very short English Express episode. English Express is a podcast from English Plus Podcast Network.

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You don’t have a lot of time, but you still want to learn and you wait to express yourself in English every day. I get it. And that’s why I created English Express. This is your host Danny and this is English Express everyday we’ll have a very short episode in which you will learn and you wait to express yourself in English never stop learning even if you don’t have a lot of time for it. Listen to English Express. Welcome to a new English Express episode. In this episode, we will talk about idioms we use to talk about emotions or to describe emotions. You can find the transcript on my website English plus podcast calm and better yet, if you are a patron, you will get exclusive Episodes Series and resources to take your English and learning to the next level. You can find the links in the description of the episode. And now without further ado, let’s talk about idioms we use to describe emotions.

So let’s start talking about the best emotion of all laughter. I’m gonna tell you a story. And in the story, we will get a couple of expressions that I want you to learn. Somebody told a very funny joke at the office yesterday, and we were all in stitches for five minutes afterwards. Then the boss came in. He was in a bad mood and started to talk about a work problem. I couldn’t forget the job. And I couldn’t keep a straight face. The boss asked me what I was smiling at. When I told him he just looked at me and said nothing. I thought he was going to throw me out. But then he burst out laughing. So it was a happy ending to this story. Obviously, the boss was in a bad mood. But the joke came just in time to make him burst out laughing. So this is an expression burst out laughing when you burst out laughing That means you suddenly laugh loudly. But that’s not the only idiom I want you to learn from this story. What about in stitches, or keep a straight face? Let me remind you at the beginning of this story, I said somebody told a very funny joke at the office yesterday. And we were all in stitches for five minutes afterwards, when you say we are in stitches, or obviously we were in stitches like in here. That means laughing a lot. Because it’s very funny. The joke was very funny. And we were in stitches. It is a way to exaggerate, of course, but it is an EDM used to describe laughing a lot in stitches. And then when the boss came in and start talking about a work problem, I couldn’t forget the joke and I couldn’t keep a straight face. Now when you can’t keep a straight face. That means you cannot help yourself but smile or laugh because you still remember the joke, and you just want to laugh. But it is not proper to laugh. You should keep a straight face, but you just can’t. In the story here. I couldn’t keep a straight face. I could not stop myself from smiling or laughing and that’s why the boss asked me what I was smiling at. And then I told him and then he burst out laughing suddenly laughed loudly. So these are three idioms we use to describe laughter now let’s talk about one more emotions before we finish this episode. And that is about just the opposite. It’s about rage and anger. Now I’ll tell you a little story about road rage. As roads become busier. Road rage is becoming more common. Ben Smith 43 from London was trying to park his car yesterday when another driver got in first. Smith saw red jumped out shouted at the other driver and started kicking the man’s car doing 800 pounds worth of damage. Smith told police later. I don’t know what got into me. I’ve never done anything like that before I just lost it. So obviously, that is kind of related to the stress people have when they’re driving. But let’s focus on the three idioms we used here to describe this anger emotion. First, we said Smith saw red when you see red. What does that mean? That means you suddenly feel extreme anger. It just like came out of nowhere. You see red, you are calm and then you see red you suddenly feel extreme anger. And later on when Smith talked to the police and obviously he calmed down. He told them he said I don’t know what got into me. When you say what got into somebody, me, him her etc asked me why I became so extreme if I’m talking about myself obviously or what got into him why he became so extreme. So of course, idioms are fixed expressions. So you can just change them any way you like, but you can still be flexible about using the expression with me, him or her etc. You know that right? And finally we have the expression or the idiom lost it when he said, I just lost it. When you say I just lost it, that means you just lost control. And that’s exactly what happened to poor Ben Smith from London, he kicked the man’s car, he was angry, he saw red actually, he suddenly felt extreme anger. He didn’t know what got into him. But obviously he did 800 pound worth of damage to the man’s car. And that is not a cool thing to do. No matter how angry you get, that’s not cheap as well. Anyway, these were the three expressions I wanted to share with you about anger. And don’t forget about the first three expressions I shared with you about laughter So now you have six expressions you can use to describe either laughter or anger. And that was everything I wanted to share with you. In today’s English Express episode. Don’t forget to visit my website English plus podcast.com not only for the transcript of this episode, but you can also check the great learning opportunities you can find there there is the activity center with daily fun activities, quizzes and logic and math puzzles. And if you decide to become a patron on Patreon, there is a lot more available only to patrons like the exclusive audio series, the English plus magazine, the private discussion group and much more. All the links you need are in the description of the episode. What are you waiting for?

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