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  • Hi. My name is Rebecca, and in today's lesson, you'll learn two easy ways to express your

  • reaction to something. Now, you can use these to express your reaction to something positive

  • or to something negative. And they're really easy, so follow with me, and before you know

  • it, you'll be able to use them yourself. Okay? Here we go.

  • So the words that we're going to use are words which are very basic, and you know them. They

  • are "what" and "how". But "what" we use with a noun, and "how" we're going to use with

  • an adjective. Okay? Now, remember: These are all ex -- sorry -- exclamations. They are

  • exclamations. That means normally, we would have an exclamation mark at the end of this

  • expression. Okay? Like this. Right? So what we can say is something like this,

  • "What a great singer!" Okay? So you see we're using "what" plus a noun, which is the word

  • "singer". You can always use an adjective before that, but you must have a noun there,

  • okay? You could also say, "What a singer!" which means he or she is a very good singer.

  • All right? "What a talented actor!" "What a kind man!"

  • "What a beautiful view!" "What a gorgeous sunset!" "What an experience!" "What a surprise!"

  • Okay? So as you can see here, we used it to talk about people. Then, we used it to talk

  • about places. And here, we use it to talk about an event or an experience, okay? So

  • you can use it in any kind of context, and you can use it in positive situations to express

  • positive emotions, or we can also use it to express negative emotions. Let's look at some

  • of these. "What a rude person!" "What horrible weather!"

  • "What bad service!" "What a shame!" "What a disaster!" "What a day!" Or, "What nonsense!"

  • Okay? So all of these are obviously negative situations, but all you're doing is you're

  • using "what" plus a noun somewhere in that entire exclamation, okay? All right.

  • Now, how do we use "how"? With "how" we have to add an adjective. So we would say something

  • like, "How wonderful!" Okay? So remember, this is your reaction or your response to

  • something that you see or hear, okay? Somebody says -- tells you something, and you answer,

  • "How wonderful!" Perhaps someone says, -"I'm getting married next month." -"How wonderful!"

  • Okay? Or, -"We're going to Bermuda on our honeymoon." -"How romantic!" "How nice!" Okay?

  • Somebody describes something that happened, and you say, "How nice!" Or "How lovely!"

  • It could be about someone's dress. Okay? Or -- very often, we say this when we see a baby

  • or a child doing something very adorable -- we say, "How sweet!" Okay? So that's another

  • little expression that's very common. As I said, you can also use "how" for negative

  • emotions. So you could say, "How awful!" "How sad!" "How terrible!" "How frustrating!" Or,

  • "How tragic!" Okay? So we can use it in rather serious situations; we can use it in lighter

  • situations. And these are very, very common ways of expressing our reaction to news or

  • to events, okay? So if you'd like to do a little more practice

  • with this, please go to our website, and there you'll see a quiz on this subject

  • as well as hundreds of other videos on many other topics in English. Okay? Good luck with

  • your English, and thanks for watching.

Hi. My name is Rebecca, and in today's lesson, you'll learn two easy ways to express your

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Speaking English: How to express your reaction

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