Body, health & nutrition · C 2

C1/C2 Facial expressions 1

Understanding facial expressions is an intriguing and dynamic aspect of human communication. In the vast realm of the English vocabulary, there exist a plethora of terms dedicated to describing these intricate expressions.

Facial expressions serve as windows into our emotions, allowing others to catch a glimpse of what lies beneath the surface. They provide valuable insight into our thoughts, feelings, and intentions. From a gentle smile to a furrowed brow, each expression carries with it a unique blend of meaning and significance.

As we navigate the complex world of facial expressions, it is fascinating to explore the vast lexicon available to us. From terms like “smizing” (smiling with your eyes) to “gurning” (exaggerating facial expressions for comic effect), the English language offers a multitude of words and phrases to describe the myriad ways our faces can communicate.

So, the next time you find yourself observing someone’s facial expression or trying to convey your own emotions through your visage, dive into the rich and diverse world of facial expression vocabulary. It is a journey that enables us to better understand and connect with the intricacies of human communication.

For this post, you will learn the meaning of the verbs: gaze, beam, frown and glare.

Gaze /ɡeɪz/
Gaze means to look at something or somebody for a long time. A person could be idly gazing out of a window, admiring the scenery, or gazing at a person’s eyes because they find them fascinating.

Jane was beaming with happiness. Finally, her entry application had been accepted.

When a person frowns, they bring their eyebrows together. People usually frown when they are angry, worried, or in physical pain.

glare /ɡleə(r)/
To glare is to look at somebody or something in an angry why.

The wedding guests glared furiously at Jesus because he had forgotten to bring the wedding rings.

Below you have a fun video that I came up with after gazing at half a dozen eggs for some minutes :D.

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