How are you feeling?

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Today I’m going to talk about feelings. I’m going to talk about 10 different feelings but I’m going to do this a little bit back to front. I’m going to tell you what the feelings are, or rather I’m going to tell you the vocabulary for the feelings and then I’m going to role play 10 people. But I’m not going to use the vocabulary, I’m just going to talk about my situation and it’s up to you to work out how I’m feeling.

The 10 feelings I’m going to talk about are:

  • Number one: really excited
  • Number two: not very well 
  • Number three: a lot better 
  • Number four: a bit lonely
  • Number five: nervous 
  • Number six: really bored
  • Number seven: worried
  • Number eight: really angry
  • Number nine: really happy
  • Number ten: fed up

Number 1. How am I feeling? 

What’s the time? 10.30? OK – 30 minutes. 30 minutes. I’ve not had an interview for a long time. I’ve never had a zoom interview. I hope they turn their cameras on. I really don’t want to be the only one with my camera on. 

So how am I feeling? I’m feeling nervous. I have an important interview in 30 minutes. It’s normal to feel nervous.

Number 2. How are you feeling?

I think that prawn wasn’t cooked properly. My stomach is … ugh. Oh god, I’m starting to sweat. It’s no good. I need to go to the bathroom.

So how am I feeling? I am not feeling very well. This is a way of saying that you feel ill. You can use it when you have a bad cold or an upset stomach.

Number 3. How are you feeling?

Phew. Better out than in. I’m not going back to that restaurant, though. I think I’m ready to go out now. Yes. 

So how am I feeling? I’m feeling a lot better, thanks. This is the most common phrase to use when you have recovered from an illness.

Number 4. How am I feeling?

Come on … It’s been 2 hours. I can’t believe you’re still … No phone signal, no book. You can’t be much longer …

So how am I feeling? I’m feeling bored. Well, bored and a bit annoyed. But really bored people don’t say much.

Number 5. How am I feeling? 

He was supposed to call half an hour ago. I know, I know. He’s with his friends . I’m sure he’s all right, but I wish he’d just call and let me know.

So how am I feeling? I’m feeling worried. This is very similar to nervous. I think that we normally worry about things we don’t know. So in this situation, I’m worried about my son. I don’t know what’s happening and that’s why I’m worried. We’re more likely to use nervous about something we do know – that is, about a future event. But you can use worried about future events , too. 

Number 6. How are you feeling?

I can’t believe it. I’m going on holiday tomorrow. I can’t wait. I’m all packed, my taxi to the airport is booked. I don’t think I’m going to be able to sleep tonight.

So how am I feeling? I am feeling really excited.

Number 7. How am I feeling?

I can’t believe it. Another million pound contract awarded to one of his mates without any oversight or tendering process. And they said that we’re leaving because of the  …..  democratic deficit. 

So how am I feeling? I’m feeling really angry. This is quite a normal feeling for me these days. I should really stop reading the news.

Number 8. How are you feeling?

Well, since my kids have gone back to school and my wife has gone back to work, it’s a bit quiet in the house. It was noisy when the kids were around, but now that they’ve gone, I miss hearing them and … you know, the company.

So how am I feeling? I’m feeling a bit lonely … and sorry for myself. 

Number 9. How am I feeling?

Has it stopped raining? No? OK. OK. We’ll do it later, I suppose. If it ever stops raining, that is.

So how am I feeling? I’m feeling fed up. This is like feeling a little bit angry and a little bit bored. This is how you feel when an unhappy or unsatisfactory situation has gone on for too long. 

Number 10. How am I feeling?

You will? You’ll come? Oh, that’s brilliant news. That’s really made my day. It means a lot to me. 

So how am I feeling? I’m feeling really happy.


OK – so there you have 10 words and phrases to say how you feel. Did you get them all? If this language was not new to you, I hope you found the listening practice useful. 

If you have enjoyed this podcast, please leave me a comment or a review and don’t forget that you can read the transcript for this podcast and complete some language activities on 

Thanks for listening.

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  • Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy
    Posted 12/10/2020 at 4:23 am

    I am really excited when I read this lesson . Thank you so much

    • Jack
      Posted 12/10/2020 at 11:18 pm

      That’s fantastic! Thanks a lot.

      • Mas
        Posted 13/09/2021 at 5:14 am

        Thanks for useful podcasts.just it was missed number 7 in How are you feeling ?

        • Mas
          Posted 13/09/2021 at 5:20 am

          Sorry i mean number 6 about excited

  • Michele
    Posted 26/01/2021 at 3:55 pm

    I’m loving to hear our podcasts! It helps me so much to learn english!

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