Contributed by Daniel Evans

 

ONE POINT LESSON: VOCABULARY

EMBARRASSMENT vs. SHAME

Many people think these words are the same. but actually they are very different.

Embarrassment = Feeling foolish/self-conscious/shy.                                     (Usually after making a mistake, having an accident or doing something funny)

Shame = A very negative feeling or losing the respect of others, after doing something very bad/dishonorable.

 

For example:

・ The man was embarrassed when he started to give a speech, but forgot what to say.                                                                                                                                ・ The man felt great shame after being arrested for drink-driving.

 

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