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Expressing Feelings During the Coronavirus Outbreak

March 27, 2020

Let’s Learn

“We’re all in this together.”

Have you heard this a lot? This does not mean we are all having the same experiences or feelings.

Here are four types of feelings you may be having during the coronavirus outbreak: fear, anxiety, gratitudehope.

Learn some common sentence structures related to these feelings. Then practice expressing your feelings in the comments below.

Fear

I am afraid/scared of + noun

I am afraid/scared of + ‑ing verb

I am afraid/scared + clause (simple future tense)

Examples:

  • I am afraid of the coronavirus test.
  • I am scared of getting sick.
  • I am afraid (that) I will lose my job.

Anxiety

I am worried/anxious/stressed about + noun

I am worried/anxious/stressed about + ‑ing verb

I am worried + clause (simple future tense)

Examples:

  • I am worried about my grandparents.
  • I am stressed about the economy.
  • I am anxious about losing my job.
  • I am worried (that) I will spread the virus.

Gratitude

I am thankful/grateful for + noun

I am thankful/grateful + clause (simple present)

Examples:

  • I am thankful for health‑care workers.
  • I am thankful for first responders.
  • I am grateful (that) we have a backyard.
  • I am grateful (that) I don’t live alone.

Hope

I hope + clause (simple present tense)

Examples:

  • I hope (that) my grandmother recovers.
  • I hope (that) the schools open soon.

Let’s Practice

How are you feeling today? Are you afraid, worried, grateful, or hopeful?

Leave a comment to express your feelings. (Sign in with your student account if you have one. Teachers can write example sentences too.)

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Comments (37)

Tara Benwell(Author)

I am worried about English learners all over the world. I know they miss their teachers and their classmates. I hope they leave a comment on this post. I hope they join us on Instagram too.

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Jennifer R.(Teacher)

Thanks for this, Tara. Is it printable??? Or uploadable somehow? Jennifer Rueda

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hi Jennifer. We're starting this new blog section for students. You can send your students here to do a bit of learning on their own. They can leave a comment and I will try to respond. We do have a number of ready-made lessons on feelings, though. You can search "feelings" to find one that you want to teach.

Mark H.(Teacher)

“We’re all in this together.” Have you heard this a lot? This does not mean we are all having the same experiences or feelings.

Don't you mean >This means?

Overall, this is a great resource, though. Thanks!

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hi Mark. Thanks for your thought. I actually did mean that even though we're all in this together, we are not all having the same experiences and feelings. Some of us are stay-at-home working moms with small children at home and some are teenagers whose parents are hospital workers on the front lines. Because our experiences are different, we may be having different feelings (even though we're all in this together). I hope students will share their own feelings here.

Barbara B.(Teacher)

Wow, you folks are FAST getting all this up and out there. Thank you
so much. You wonder....if we will have to use this lesson again...next
year... After getting past the mental hurdle of learning to teach online(!!!), your clear pieces are good to look forward to. Stay well ALL!

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Thanks, Barbara. It has been such a tough month on teachers and learners. We're here for you and want to do anything we can to make this time a little easier! Please send your students to this area of the blog. We'll keep posting things for them here, including helpful tips and videos.

Habiba B.(Teacher)

Hi I really like your lessons for student especially about covid 19 . My students were able to do this exercise but they’re not able to do the exercise as they can’t write on Easter could you please look it’s digital it they can’t write the answers thanks

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hi Habiba,
Can you please let us know which digital Easter lesson and task your students are having problems with?
Thanks,
Tara

Hala Alsaied(Guest)

I am worried about my daughter she is a doctor, and she is working in the hospital.
Also, I’m stressed about the economy, l hope this epidemic will end soo.

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Tammy W.(ESL Library Staff)

We are so appreciative of the hardworking doctors and nurses like your daughter. I hope she stays safe and healthy too.

Thank you for sharing your feelings here, Hala. I hope the epidemic ends soon, too.

Rita Goulart(Guest)

I hope that the COVID-9 pandemic will end and people can get back to their routine as soon as possible and I am grateful for the people who pray for God to bless all nations.

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Pratima S.(Teacher)

Hi Dear
Thanks . It's great. I have used your idea and adopted to use it for my very lower level learners.

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Tammy W.(ESL Library Staff)

We're so happy you like the idea, Pratima. Happy teaching and thanks for reading our blog :)

Christine C.(Member)

I am grateful i have lots of friends that keep in touch with me over face time. I am worry one of my family gets covid.Ihope the worlds back to normal very soon.

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Tammy W.(ESL Library Staff)

I'm grateful for being able to video chat with my friends and family too. It is a great way to stay safe and stay connected.

Thank you for sharing your feelings with us here. Stay safe!

Christine C.(Member)

Hi happy to have joined

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Tammy W.(ESL Library Staff)

We're happy to have you :)

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