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  • Tips for Complaining in English

    In learning a language we mostly focus on vocabulary based on the things we like along with pleasant feelings and situations. Ice cream, going to the movies, weekends…

    What about the things we hate? English also has a wonderful vocabulary for expressing these feelings and this should not be overlooked.

    For example, how do you feel when:

    You wake up on Monday mornings?

    Being able to complain in English is a useful skill.

    You are next in line in a queue and somebody jumps ahead of you?

    When a car driver (deliberately) splashes you with water on a rainy day?

    When you are explaining something important and the person you are talking to isn’t listening?

    When you walk for 20 minutes to buy your favorite magazine only to find it out of stock?

    Vocabulary

    Rather than repeatedly saying, I hate it when…we can say

    I can’t stand it when….

    I loathe it when…

    I can’t abide it when…

    It drives me crazy when…

    It drives me insane when…

    I go made when…

    I lose the plot when…

    I can’t handle it when…

    It’s so annoying when…

    It’s so irritating when…

    Let’s listen to a song that expresses these sentiments. The Police with Can’t Stand Losing You.

    How many things can you hear him being angry about in the song?

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