Learning English – How to describe physical pain in English. ( Free English speaking Lessons)


Hi everyone thanks for clicking I am Niharika.
Well the other day I cut my finger and trust me it was extremely painful. Now any kind
of pain is totally awful. However it’s quite a constant part of human experience. We all
hate pain, right? In English we have certain vocabulary to describe certain physical pain
and that’s what we are gonna learn in today’s lesson. For example you touch a hot stove, it is painful right? You touch it, it is painful but how
do you describe that? Yes, we have certain adjectives here on the board that will help
you to describe the different types of physical pain. So let’s get started. The first one
is burning. Now burning is, of course it’s painful. However it is a kind of a very tingling
experience. So for example if you get hurt, Okay and you try to clean that injury, if
you try to clean that wound you can say “ Oh my God, it’s burning! So that’s burning.
When it tingles and it’s quite painful and it just feels as if you are touching something
hot. So that’s burning for you. So it’s more like a tingling pain.
Another type of pain is chapped. Now chapped is, usually human being have chapped skin
or chapped lips. So chapped lips or chapped skin is when the skin is really dry may be
because of cold weather or even because of too much exposure to the sun. Ok! So , it’s
lack of moisture that tends to crack your skin or crack your lips. So when you say I
have chapped lips it means that you are trying to say that it is extremely painful. I have
dry lips and it’s very painful. So chapped is dry skin or dry lips and it’s painful.
Another one, acute. Now when do you say Oh I have this acute pain! What type of pain
is it? Well, acute pain is when the pain is really sudden and sharp. For example you hurt
your elbow, may be you banged into a door or banged into a wall and you hurt your elbow
and having this acute pain. It’s a very sudden sharp pain which just lasts for short
period, so that’s acute pain. So it just lasts for short period.
And then we have chronic pain. So chronic is again very sudden and sharp pain but it
lasts pretty longer. And in fact if someone is facing chronic pain or is going through
or suffering with chronic pain then you need medical attention. You need to go visit a
doctor if you are having a chronic pain. SO again chronic is sudden sharp pain however
it lasts for a very long time. Now let’s have a look at another type of
pain, which is griping. “ my stomach is griping” So it means that you are having
a stomach ache or your stomach is hurting. But when you specifically use this word “ my
stomach is griping” then it means that you are having again a very sudden and sharp pain
particularly in your stomach. It’s more like cramps. When you feel cramps in your
stomach then that pain is griping pain. So, it’s more like cramping. It’s a sudden
sharp pain in your stomach. Alright? The next one, Inflamed. Somebody boxed you
,that’s painful! So may be someone boxed you on your cheek, your cheek is now swollen,
it’s red and it’s painful. So that means that your cheek is inflamed. Alright! So inflamed
is when your body part , wherever you get hurt , there’s an injury, it hurts and it’s
now swollen, it’s red and of course it’s painful . So it means you are having a inflamed
cheek or inflamed shoulder, somebody hit you really hard on your shoulder so you are having
an inflamed shoulder. So it’s an injury, it’s swollen, it’s red and it’s painful
Let’s have a look at another one Itchy. “ I am so itchy” So what does itchy really
mean? It’s a very unpleasant feeling and just when your skin is very irritated and
you feel like scratching and rubbing your skin then that means that you are feeling
very itchy. So maybe you have an allergy or may be something is troubling you and your
skin is very irritated and you are scratching. So, you won’t say Oh my god I feel scratchy,
a perfect word to use for this kind of unpleasant feeling is you are feeling itchy. So itchy
is again very unpleasant, it’s a little painful and of course you tend to scratch
or rub. Let’s have look at another one here Sore.
So, what is sore? We have sore gums, we have sore throat, we have sore shoulder, sore knee
so what exactly this pain is? Now sore is , you know when at times in certain body parts
you just feel that there is no movement and it’s hurting, it’s quite painful may be
because of an injury , may be because of an infection then that kind of pain is sore.
Like I have sore gums, so maybe you have infected gums or probably you hurt yourself with a
toothbrush while brushing so now you have sore gums. So sore is, it’s pain of course
due to an injury or an infection .So you have sore
throat, so sore throat is because you have an infection you have sore shoulder sore knee
and so on. The next one is Stiff, have you heard this
before, “Ah, my hand is really stiff today, I can’t really move” Now stiff, what kind
of pain is that? Now stiff is when you are unable to move your body part and it’s more
of a muscle pain. So it’s not an injury from outside, you can’t really see, it’s
not swollen, it’s not red but maybe you went to the gym and you tried to do weights
and now your hands really hurt. So, it means that your hands are really stiff. It’s more
of a muscle pain. So when you are having this muscle pain it means that your body or your
body part is stiff. The next one Stabbing. Stabbing, have you
heard that before? Maybe in a movie , he stabbed her , he murdered her . So stabbing is killing
someone with a knife but here when we talk about stabbing pain it means a sudden and
sharp pain. So like the other day I cut my finger and I was screaming with pain so it
was more like a stabbing pain. It was extremely sharp of course it happened suddenly and it
was painful. Now at times people also use this word for headaches. I have a stabbing
headache. So stabbing headache is when you are having a real bad headache. So it’s
like somebody is stabbing your head, it’s like sharp pain. So that’s stabbing.
So these are 10 types of pain that you can talk about and we also have another word for
you here which is Anglo-phobia. What does this mean? Well you know it’s a type of
phobia of course and when you fear pain, like for me I am Anglo-phobic because I really
fear pain. So that is Anglo-phobia for you. If you are one of the person who fears pain
, u fear of getting hurt or any kind of pain then you are Anglo-phobic. So use that word
it sounds really nice. So hope this lesson is helpful to you, stay safe and I will be
back with a new lesson till then take care.

100 thoughts on “Learning English – How to describe physical pain in English. ( Free English speaking Lessons)

  1. plz add more and more examples(in sentences) of the topics what you teach, so that we can better understand those topics…. thanks 😊

  2. I want you to ask something important…. Is it important to speak fast?….. Does it show that you speaking skills are better?

  3. Tingling pain is related with nerve irritation. Burning pain should not be described as tingling pain. Inflamed pain that doesn't exist. Itchy is not a characteristic of pain. Stiff is not a muscle pain not even related with doing exercises. If people follow this descriptions of pain in order to get to a diagnosis you would have a very painful hard time. Stabbing for headache? Not really… what about throbbing? Terrible lecture for pain  lol

  4. The word is Griping …Gripe-ing
    This is your third video in a row i'm observing with wrong pronounciations

  5. Well this lesson is really helpful for explaining physical pain, but niharika you didn’t differentiate words properly!

  6. I feel indeed an acute pain as I have missed my valuable classes for long from one of my well wishers. The lesson physical pain has come as an angel for my remedy. Thanks a lot, dear, Neharika.

  7. Febulas your teaching style and also your presentation is High leval,
    And also would like to tell you Your English speaking and writing skills has such a killer.

  8. I would like the lessons far better, if the teacher woudn`t say in every sentence: "OK". It is very nerving me. Sorry.

  9. Oh ..i got to know what to say now
    I have chapped lips
    Thankyou niharika for helping everyone and me with your lessons 😊😊

  10. Because of your stabbing pain you make a new lesson about different types of pain 😄 I like your teaching very much😍.. I wish i could be a teacher like you..!!. Thank you ma'am.

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