Describe Your Feelings In English

Learn to describe your feelings in English. There are many ways in which you can describe how you feel. Today, I’m going to take adjectives and show you examples of how you can use them in English.

We’re also going to revise grammar rules about adjectives ending in -ing and -ed. Stay tuned!

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How to describe your feelings in English

Hi, there this is Harry and welcome back to my advanced English lessons. What am I going to talk to you about? 

Today, we’re going to talk about your feelings and we’re going to use some adjectives to express those feelings. I’m going to give you the adjectives and then I’ll go through them one by one, explain them to you and give you a couple of examples. 

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Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

INSANITY: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

So let’s take the first adjective 


Meaning: a feeling that someone gets when they suffer a significant loss of a loved one


George was heartbroken because he didn’t get the place in the university he was hoping for.

The vet had to put our dog down, the whole family was heartbroken.

The next word is 


Meaning: someone feels trapped when they’re stuck somewhere where they cannot escape from (like a marriage, job, etc)


Our relationship doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, I feel trapped.

Sam was stuck in a dead-end job for years, he felt trapped. Then he finally plucked up the courage and decided to hand in his notice. 

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The third word on my list is 


Meaning: someone feels embarrassed when they say/do something inappropriate, or make a silly mistake


People often feel embarrassed when they have no one to sit with at lunch or no one to talk to.

Dan forgot Sarah’s birthday. He was really embarrassed, he had written it in his diary but for some reason, he forgot all about it. 

The next word is difficult to pronounce, so we’ll practice it 

overwhelmed /ˌəʊvəˈwɛlmd/

Meaning: you feel overwhelmed when you can’t deal with anything else, you’ve had enough


What am I going to do with all this work? I just don’t know, I’m completely overwhelmed.

We can also use it in a positive way


I’m completely overwhelmed by people’s generosity, I wasn’t really expecting this. 

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Next on my list is 

baffled /ˈbæfld/

Meaning: when you don’t understand the problem and can’t find a solution


I just can’t work it out, it just has me completely baffled.

I’m not a DIY specialist so Ikea furniture instructions made me baffled.


Meaning: when something unexpected has happened, usually something positive


He was surprised by the number of people who called to congratulate him on his retirement.

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If we want to talk about a negative surprise, then we use another adjective


Meaning: feeling upset because something unpleasant has suddenly happened


I felt shocked when I saw the news on the tv.

Poor James is completely shocked, the stock market has fallen by 20%.

And then the final adjective I have is 


Meaning: someone feels disgusted when they read or hear, or experience something that they really don’t like


Young kids usually feel disgusted when they eat green vegetables.

I was really disgusted to read the news, it was terrible.

Adjectives ending in -ing and -ed

Remember when you’re using adjectives that end in -ed and -ing, these adjectives often get confused.

When we’re talking about ourselves and here we’re talking about how we feel and we usually use adjectives ending in -ED.

  • I am disgusted
  • I am shocked 
  • I am surprised 
  • I am embarrassed

So we use the -ed to describe how we feel.

If we want to describe a thing, we always use -ing.

  • it is disgusting 
  • it is shocking 
  • it is embarrassing 
  • it is surprising 

Now, we can talk about people using -ing, but be really really careful because it does change the meaning.

So, for example, bored and boring.

If I say 

I am bored,

it means I’ve got nothing to do. I wish I had a good book to read or a movie to watch.

But if I say

I am boring

it means nobody wants to be stuck in the corner of a party with me because I’m not so interesting. 

So be very careful how you use adjectives ending in -ing when you’re referring to people.

I have put up a short quiz on the difference between adjectives ending in ED and ING and check your understanding.

Adjectives ending in -ed and -ing

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And when you’re talking about your own feelings, of course, there are many many more adjectives ending in -ed that will help you describe your feelings in English, but these are just some that I wanted to help you out with. 

So let me give them to you again:

  • heartbroken
  • trapped
  • embarrassed
  • overwhelmed
  • baffled
  • surprised
  • shocked
  • disgusted

And just remember the -ed and -ing endings on those.

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