IELTS Speaking Practice Lessons on the topic of Happiness part 3

Well, here passou. We said joyful I’m joyful that you came to visit. Now. It doesn’t quite work. I’m joyful means that you’re full of happiness. But I’m joyful that you came to visit.

Again, it sounds a bit too literary re and doesn’t really sound like natural spoken English. So I’m going to leave that one for the moment.

Great. navneet also says thrilled. Okay, so quite a few words. So all of these are great. I’m going to add the ones that I put right. So I had I had pleased. Right. I’m pleased that you came to visit. I’m delighted. Great.

You came to visit elated?

Great. I’ll take those out. Because we’ve got them already. content. Notice, content, the stress is on the second syllable, not content, which is the content of the book, but content. Content means happy, right? I’m content that you came to visit, I’m pleased.

It’s interesting to notice, right? That when we talk about synonyms, not all synonyms can be used in the same way. Because elated doesn’t mean happy. elated means very happy, right? thrilled, doesn’t mean happy. It means extremely happy.

So just be careful on understanding the nuance or the connotation, the kind of the real meaning of these synonyms because they’re not all synonyms. Now, that’s great. Let me then put you to the test again. Things are going to get a bit difficult now.

Okay. Let’s try this one. Find a synonym of happy in this sentence. She was such a blank baby. always smiling. Right. What can we say here? a synonym of happy here.

Right, joyful. She was such a joyful baby. Yes. smruti says jolly she’s such a jolly baby. Our zone says cheerful. Nice. Very good. Great.

I’m going to I’m going to start putting these in. so cheerful. Surely. She’s just a joyful baby. Bear here it works good. Ashraf says charming but charming is not really happy. Remember, we want something meaning happy. cheerful.

What else cute, says Mary but get cute is not really happy. jovial, she was such a jovial baby. You could say that it’s a little bit literary. But I’m going to put that in. I think you could get away with that. Yes. Whoops. Whoops. Web slips. Where are you? Okay, let me go down the page. It’ll be easier.

To jovial great, childlike, charming, adorable. Yeah, they’re all good. But they don’t mean happy. Sweet. Funny, not quite happy, joyful, thrilled.

Now, here’s a good example then. Jana bright, joyful. Yes. thrilled. No. She was such a thrilled baby. No, right? Because thrilled is the feeling of happiness. So we can say, I am thrilled that you came. Yeah, that’s the feeling of happiness.

I’m thrilled about this, or I’m thrilled that you came. So these this happy is the feeling of happiness. But here the happy is to describe the state of the baby. And you cannot say thrilled here, right? doesn’t quite doesn’t work. It’s not the right synonym. Right connotation. Okay, so you we’ve all got very similar words there. Let me show you the words that I had for this one.

To describe happy as an adjective to describe a person right? I have cheerful same as you guys. Great. happy go lucky. Right? happy go lucky. That’s kind of happy. But also don’t care. You don’t care. You’re happy. Go lucky. You’re Happy And You don’t care about things you don’t think too much. joyful. I had the same as you jolly. I had the same so we can add people lessons, I add that as well.

She was such a pleasant baby. Right? pleasant, happy, joyful, jolly. Great. So this is describing something. So that my point, I guess, is to be really careful on how we use synonyms. It’s really important right? Now then, when it comes to synonyms I see on Instagram, and Facebook, a lot of little posts, right?

With 20 synonyms of happy, or 15 synonyms of blah, blah, blah, write something that looks a bit a bit like this right? ways to say happy, cheerful, glad joy for both of them. But there’s lots of them, right? And you think, Oh, great. But I think, Oh, no, not great.

I don’t like this. Why don’t I like it? Two reasons, right? Two reasons. I don’t like this. Number one, I don’t like it. Because the way we use the words is not the same. Right? We’ve just seen, thrilled, a thrilled baby. We can’t say a thrilled baby.

But we can say a joyful baby. Right? So the way we use the words is not the same. And this doesn’t tell you that. Also, synonyms mean the same meaning a lot of these words are not the same meaning, right? It doesn’t tell you that. For example, let’s say jovial is very, very happy.

That blissful is probably the highest level of happiness. It doesn’t tell you the degree of happiness and the real meaning. And I think the danger with this is that you think you look at this and you think great, I can use those tomorrow. 20 new words?

No, you can’t, because you don’t know how to use them. Because that doesn’t tell you. So I’m not a big fan of this. They can be a nice reminder. But I think much better write something like this, I think is much, much better. Something like this one. Okay.

But I can’t remember which website it’s from. But this one, for example, gives you the words, but it gives you an example. We are all amused at his stories. We spent a blissful week together, it begins to give you context, so you know how to use it. You still need war, right? This doesn’t tell you blissful is extremely, super happy. But it’s beginning to help. So this I think is a little bit better.

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