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  • Hey, everyone. I'm Alex. Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lesson on talking about

  • fear. So today, we're going to look at different ways you can talk about being scared. You

  • can use this to talk about scary movies, scary books, scary experiences you've had in your

  • life, or things that just make you feel uncomfortable or really shocked and afraid.

  • So No. 1, I have a lot of different synonyms for the word "scared". So you could say, "I'm

  • scared" or, "I'm afraid"; "I'm frightened"; "I am terrified"; "I am horrified." And just

  • make sure you use the most common preposition for these words, and that is "of". So, "You

  • are scared of spiders", for example, or "scared of heights", which are high places.

  • And here, the second one we have is, "He is scared to death of flying." So this is a complete

  • expression, "to be scared to death of something". And again, you need the verb "to be" in this

  • as well. So, "He is scared to death"; "I am scared to death"; "she is scared to death";

  • "they are scared to death." So they are scared so much that they want to die in the presence

  • of this thing or whatever it is. So, "He's scared to death of flying", he is incredibly

  • afraid, very afraid.

  • Next, "He gives me the creeps." Now, before I explain this, you will notice that No. 3,

  • No. 4, and No. 5 all have similar words. And we have "creeps", "creeping", "creepy", this

  • whole family of words. So I'm going to go with "creepy" first. So, "That's really creepy."

  • If something is "creepy", it makes you feel uncomfortable, like, uncomfortable in your

  • skin. It sends shivers down your spine. And I'll explain that in a little bit. So if you

  • feel uncomfortable, that means that something is "creepy". Okay?

  • So, "He gives me the creeps." So someone can "give you the creeps", meaning they can make

  • you feel a little uncomfortable, unsure of that person. And, "Stop it! You're creeping

  • me out." So if someone is "creeping you out" -- to "creep someone out" means to make someone

  • feel uncomfortable and scared or frightened, but more of an uncomfortable fear. Okay? So

  • think of, like, people making you uncomfortable and scaring you in a creepy, unsettling kind

  • of way. So a person can "give you the creeps". A person can "creep you out". Or a person

  • can just "be creepy", and this is an adjective, so you have to use the verb "to be". "That

  • is really creepy"; "he is really creepy"; "they are creepy", etc.

  • And the next two, you'll notice -- "freaky" and "freaked me out". They have a similar

  • -- what's the word I'm looking for? -- connection with "creepy". But instead of meaning something

  • makes you uncomfortable, if something "freaks you out" or if some "is freaky", it's scary

  • in a shocking way. So if I say, "Whoa, that's freaky", that's really frightening and scary,

  • not in, like, an uncomfortable way, but in a shocking kind of way. Okay? So think of

  • "creepy" as uncomfortable. Think of "freaky" as, "Whoa. Shock." So that's "freaky". Or,

  • "The movie freaked me out", like, shocked me, made me scared. Okay?

  • Now, what you'll notice is we can say, "He gives me the creeps", but you cannot say,

  • "He gives me the freaks", or, "That gives me the freaks." So "gives me the creeps" is

  • the only expression you can use. Otherwise, you can say, "freaky" or "freak me out".

  • And finally, "It sent shivers down my spine." So your spine is, you know, the part of your

  • back that runs up and down to your brain. And if something sends "shivers" -- like a

  • cold feeling, like your body shakes -- it makes you uncomfortable. Again, so if something

  • "sends shivers down your spine", it makes you afraid or scared.

  • All right. So to review, you can be scared of something, afraid of something, frightened

  • of something, horrified of something, terrified of something. You can be scared to death of

  • something. Someone or something can give you the creeps. They can creep you out, be creepy,

  • be freaky, freak you out, or send shivers down your spine.

  • Now, if you want to test your understanding of this material, as always, you can check

  • out the quiz on And don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

  • Thanks, everyone. I'll see you next time.

Hey, everyone. I'm Alex. Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lesson on talking about

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    Calvin Liu posted on 2014/10/26
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