English Vocabulary: Describe Facial Expressions [#1:EYES]

English Vocabulary: Describe Facial Expressions [#1:EYES]


Hello hello and welcome to ‘Anya Teaches
English’. Today, I have quite a special class for you. It’s going to be all about facial expressions
and specifically the eyes and eyebrows. Because while you can say a lot with your
words, you can also say a lot just using your eyes. And it’s good to have that vocabulary so
you can describe what people are doing with their eyes and their eyebrows. For today’s class, I will be employing the
help of my alter ego named Jolene. So say hello Jolene. Hello! Thank you. Alright! So let’s begin…. If you follow my Instagram, you might remember
that one of my Words of the Day that I posted was ‘wink’. And by the way, if you don’t follow my Instagram,
I recommend that you do. I will put the name in the description box
below and also up here somewhere. Alright, so that word was ‘WINK’. A wink is something you might do as a greeting. You should be able to see Jolene giving us
a wink now. So you can do a wink as a greeting. You can also wink when you’re sharing a little
joke with someone or you’re sharing a secret with them.You might also wink if you’re flirting
with someone. Another way to flirt with someone is to BAT
your EYELASHES. So as you can see…these are your eyelashes
and when you BAT them, you are flirting with them and if you combine that with a TILT of
the head and bat your eyelashes at the same time, that is some serious flirting going
on. As you can see, Jolene is an expert at flirting. So let’s have a think about more things we
can do with the eyes. When we WIDEN our eyes, we might be shocked
or surprised or in disbelief when we WIDEN them.Often, when we WIDEN our eyes, we also
RAISE our EYEBROWS. Keeping those eyes wide, another thing we
can do is to give somebody what we call “puppy dog eyes” or “puppy eyes”. This is what we do when we’re trying to look
all cute and innocent, especially if you want something from them you can employ this look
because your eyes are all big and wide like a cute little puppy’s. Yet another thing you can do with those eyes
wide open is to STARE. Now a STARE is…it’s more than just a look. It’s a very intense and prolonged look and
it’s often considered to be a little bit rude but you might stare at someone or something
in amazement or in shock or in disbelief. Or perhaps you’ve seen something so strange
and beautiful that you can’t tear your eyes away from it. You might also be giving someone a cold or
an angry stare if they’ve done something to annoy you. Ok…alright Jolene you can stop STARING at
me. You’re kind of creeping me out right now. Now, let’s talk about NARROWING our eyes. When you NARROW your eyes, you might be SQUINTING. People often SQUINT when they’re having trouble
reading something or seeing something that’s far away so when Jolene takes off her glasses,
she needs to squint to see things that are a bit further away…don’t you Jolene? Yeah. Another case where you might NARROW your eyes
is when you’re suspicious or distrustful of someone for some reason. In English we often call this ‘giving someone
a dirty look’ or giving someone the ‘evil eye’. So as you can see, Jolene is giving me a proper
DIRTY LOOK right now. All right Jolene, chill out! Another thing we can do with our eyes is to
ROLL them. This is when we move our eyes upwards and
around; we roll them. We might do this when we’re bored or when
we’re annoyed or exasperated with someone or something. So for example, if someone tells a really
bad joke or maybe you’ve been waiting in line for ages and the line is not moving you might
ROLL your eyes like that. An EYE ROLL is often accompanied by a SIGH,
a TUT, or sometimes even both! Again, this can be seen as being a bit rude
ut it can also be done in a more jokey and playful way…exactly. Lastly, we’re gonna go back up to our eyebrows
which are a very expressive part of the face. Now when you LOWER your brows, it turns your
face into a FROWN which is the opposite of a smile. It looks quite strange to lower your eyebrows
and smile at the same time. It looks quite unnatural and pretty weird. Stop…stop being weird Jolene. So when we LOWER our eyebrows, it might indicate
that you are angry, annoyed or upset about something. But, on the other hand, it could also mean
that you’re concentrating hard or thinking about something too. Now, RAISED eyebrows and a NOD of the head
can often be used as a greeting! You alright, Jolene? (JOLENE: y’alright?) It might also be used to show surprise or
amusement. Now I think not everyone can do this perhaps
but raising a SINGLE eyebrow can be used to show that you are sceptical or a bit cynical. Maybe you don’t trust what someone is saying
to you. You think they’re lying to you. Or you might use it to show that you disapprove
of something. One final facial expression I’ll leave you
with is to WRIGGLE your eyebrows which doesn’t really mean anything. I think Jolene just wanted a chance to show
off….very…very impressive Jolene…good, good stuff. So that’s it for today. I hope you learned a lot about all the different
facial expressions you can make with your eyes and your eyebrows. Thank you very much to you, Jolene, for helping
us demonstrate those and I will leave in the description I will leave the vocabulary for
you so you can note it down and remember it. Remember to check me out on my social media
like Facebook and Instagram and ‘like’, subscribe and comment for more videos and for more content. So until next time…buh bye!

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