Today’s Word: shame

February 10, 2017    =========

☆  shame  恥ずかしさ


When I was teaching in Japan, often students would get confused between “shame” and “ashamed”. Firstly, shame is a noun (and the verb, too) and ashamed is an adjective. However, both of words are used to talk about guilt or humiliation due to doing something wrong or embarrassing.

And, of course, you can guess when most students wanted to use this word, right? Yes, that’s right, when they were talking about their English ability! They’d say things like, “I feel shame because of my poor English.” Or “I’m ashamed of my bad English.”

And, of course, I always say back, don’t feel shame about your English! Nobody is perfect, and you are doing your best. Keep on trying, you can do it!