When acquiring a new language, there will always come a point in progress when you will need to expand your working vocabulary. As a whole, English is incredibly rich and expressive. In fact, according to Oxford Dictionaries.com, there are at least 171,476 words in current use in the English language. So why limit yourself to just a handful of words? Whether you are a native speaker or a language learner, it is always fun and enriching to broaden one’s vocabulary.
There are many methods and techniques to aid in memorizing new words, from using them in context, practicing with flash cards, or employing them in story telling. The techniques will vary according to what appeals to the learner and style of learning. Noel Van Vliet of SmartLanguageLearner.com features tips for learning vocabulary from 38 language-learning experts. It is up to you to find what works for you and the motivation to back it up.
To help in vocabulary building, this is the first of many articles taking a look at related word families. Starting out on a positive note, today’s featured words are ones that can be used to express the feeling of being happy or happiness. The following definitions are from Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary:
Happy – favored by luck or fortune; enjoying well being and contentment
Happiness – a state of well-being and contentment; a pleasurable satisfaction
Happily – in a fortunate manner, luckily
Delight – high degree of satisfaction or gratification
Delightful – highly pleasing
Glad – experiencing pleasure, joy or delight; having a happy or cheerful disposition
Merry – giving pleasure, delightful
Glee – high-spirited joy, merriment
Cheer – lightness of mind and spirit; make glad or happy
Cheerful – full of good spirits; merry
Cheery – marked by or causing cheerfulness
Joy – the emotion evoked by well-being, success or good fortune; delight
Joyful – experiencing, causing or showing joy
Joyous – filled with or expressive of joy
Over-joy – to fill with great joy
Content – satisfied, to appease to the desires of
Contentment – the quality or state of being content
Bliss – complete happiness
Blissful – full of, marked by, or causing bliss
Felicity – the quality of state of great happiness
Felicitous – pleasant, delightful
Elated – marked by high spirits
Ecstasy – state of overwhelming emotion, of rapturous delight
Ecstatic – relating to or marked by ecstasy
Rapture – state or experience of being carried away by overwhelming emotion, particularly ecstasy
Pleasure – state of gratification, delight
Pleasurable – pleasant, gratifying
Phrases that are used to describe happiness:
Deliriously happy – She was deliriously happy on her wedding day.
Full of contentment – Looking over his house and land, the man was full of contentment.
Blissfully happy – The couple was blissfully happy on their honeymoon.
Full of sunshine – Thomas was full of sunshine whenever he helped others.
Bask in the sun – Angela basked in the sun after her promotion.
In rapture – They were in rapture as they walked through the beautiful garden.
Happy-go-lucky – The poet was happy-go-lucky, with hardly a care in the world.
Written by Marlene Martzke for English Classes by Skype