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Anglická citoslovce / Interjections in English

Citoslovce / Interjections... The Czech word says it beautifully... Interjections are "words of emotion". We not only use language to formulate our thoughts and ideas. In this post I would like to share my view on interjections in human talk and give you a fabulous resource where you can learn to use them in English.

Apart from commmunicating practical things through our left brain hemisphere, which is notoriously known for managing logic, numbers, reasoning and critical thinking, we also  use language to share how we feel. When people speak and you are alert, you can always distinguish if what they talk about is the knowledge or information they convey for practical purposes like what time the train leaves, how the real estate market works, or whether they have fed the dog :-) or if they primarily want to share how they feel... about someone or something, about a situation, the society, the world, or themselves.
In other words, your language has a super-important function: together with your body and voice, it allows you to express and communicate your emotion and your inner world. And to learn interjections in a foreign language is an invaluable tool you might ever want on your way to really becoming a fluent speaker in a language that is not your first.

The thing is that very often (if they do not wear a poker face) you intuitively grasp the meaning of English speakers´interjections; for one thing, they are human beings like you, and for another, you can tell by their looks or by other context. For instance, you can see what they are doing or what is being done to them. However, you can feel at a loss when it comes to you using correct interjections by yourself.

A tool that I have discovered are these great videos by Antonia Romaker, an English and Russian teacher (if you also learn Russian, the better for you!). Her videos are really a work of teaching art - she picks an interjection, describes the meaning, gives plenty of examples... and what more, her explanation is accompanied by a video fragment from popular TV series like Friends, How I Met Your Mother or Grey´s Anatomy.

Woohoo! Enjoy and let me know what you think... uhm... feel about it :-)