How To Say Happy In English

How to say HAPPY in English? In this lesson, I’ll be giving you 10 different words and phrases to express happiness, as well as offering example sentences. This English lesson is useful for students studying for IELTS & TOEFL, as well as those looking to improve their spoken English.

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Today we’re looking at the word “happy.”

So I’m going to give you the list, there are 10 in total. I’ve even got a little nursery rhyme for you. So we’ll go through those and then I’ll go back and give you worked examples as to how you can use them.

Let’s start.

chuffed

Meaning: pleased or happy (informal)

Example:

He is absolutely chuffed with the present you gave him. He really wanted that.

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cheerful

Meaning: happy and positive

Example:

A party before Christmas is just what you need to get you ready for the festive season. Everybody was cheerful.

pleased

Meaning: happy (a bit more formal and lacks emotions)

Examples:

Oh, I’m really pleased, you got the job. We were worried that you would be without a job.

We’re so pleased, we got the house sorted in time. All of the decoration was completed last week.

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elated /iˈleɪ.tɪd/

Meaning: extremely happy and excited

Examples:

She was elated at the news that she was going to have a grandchild.

Jane was elated at the news that her family were coming home for Christmas.

glad

Meaning: happy but without showing real happiness or high emotion

Examples:

I’m glad you got the job and really hope it’s working out for you.

I’m glad you got it sorted. Hopefully, you won’t have any more problems.

We can add some emphasis by adding words like

  • very
  • really
  • super
  • so

We can say,

I’m very glad, very glad to meet you.

I’m very glad to make your acquaintance.

I’m very glad you enjoyed your stay in our hotel.

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delighted

Meaning: very pleased, means a high state of happiness

Examples:

I’m delighted to hear your news. You’re getting married! That’s really good news.

He was delighted to get promoted. He was delighted to share his good news with all of his friends.

joyous /ˈdʒɔɪ.əs/

Meaning: happy, full of joy (quite formal)

Example:

This was a joyous occasion for us; we were delighted that our friends and family were there.

The next three are all about expressions and idioms.

over the moon

Meaning: really really happy

Example:

Peter was absolutely over the moon when he got his exam results. You should have seen his face.

Here is the particular nursery rhyme, and it goes back many, many, many years even to my childhood.

Hey diddle diddle,
The Cat and the Fiddle,
The Cow jump’d over the Moon,
The little dog laugh’d to see such Craft,
And the Dish ran away with the Spoon.

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thrilled to bits

Meaning: extremely pleased (very informal)

Example: 

I’m thrilled to bits with what I heard, I’m getting a promotion, I’m getting an increase in salary!

tickled pink

Meaning: very pleased (informal)

Example: 

I’m thrilled to bits with what I heard, I’m getting a promotion, I’m getting an increase in salary!

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Okay, so there are words and expressions connected with happy.

Let me give them to you one more time.

  • Chuffed
  • Cheerful
  • Pleased
  • Elated
  • Glad
  • Delighted
  • Joyous
  • Over the moon
  • Thrilled to bits
  • Tickled pink

And don’t forget the nursery rhyme. Try it out with your kids if they’re young enough. Or with your grandkids if you’re old enough.

Hey diddle diddle,
The Cat and the Fiddle,
The Cow jump’d over the Moon,
The little dog laugh’d to see such Craft,
And the Dish ran away with the Spoon.

Try and practice. Learn how to say “happy” in English. Practice the pronunciation a few of them that are difficult, like joyous and elated.

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