Expressing Enthusiasm or Joy

How to express just how great life can be!

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Sometimes you’d like to express just how much you really, really want to do something. In other words, you’d like to express your enthusiasm. In other words, you’re pumped and you want tell to tell the world just how stoked you are about something. This is the opposite of expressing sadness and calls for very positive words. Use these phrases to express enthusiasm for something you are doing, or to support someone else.


Idioms in the introduction:

to be pumped = to be very excited and physically ready to do something

to be stoked = to be very enthused about something

Expressing Enthusiasm for Something You are Doing

These expressions are used to express something about your own projects. You can also use these forms to state that someone else is excited about his / her own project. Below you will find expressions to use when supporting or showing your enthusiasm for someone else. 

S + be + (really, very, quite) excited + about something

I’m very excited about working with Tom on the new project.
I’m quite excited about my new car!

S + be + (really) looking forward to something

I’m really looking forward to opening the new store next week.
She’s looking forward to taking some time off work.

S + feel confident that ...

I feel confident that I’ll get the position.
We feel confident that our son will succeed

S + cherish 

I cherish the time I spend with you.
Jack cherishes every opportunity to speak to a client.

Expressing Enthusiasm for Something You Experience

That’s / It’s / They’re amazing / awesome / fantastic / incredible / unbelievable!

These adjectives are also known as “extreme” adjectives and express your enthusiasm.

Be careful not to use these too often!

Wow, that’s amazing! I’ve never seen a sunset like that before!
Look at that mountain. It’s awesome!

I can’t believe ...

The phrase “I can’t believe” is often used to express something that surprises you in a good way.

I can’t believe how much fun that ride was!
I can’t believe how much I love you!

Expressing Enthusiasm for Someone Else

These phrases are used to express enthusiasm for someone else’s activities or to show support and belief in what they are doing.

S + (so, really, very) happy / excited / delighted  + for you / them / him / her

I’m really delighted for you. Good luck!
She’s so excited for her husband.

Congratulations! / Congratulations on the / your ...

Congratulations on your new house!
Congratulations! You must be a proud father!

Note: Use the modal verb of probability ‘must’ to express your belief that what you say is true.

You must be so excited!
She must have been thrilled!

How to Respond to Someone Who Expresses Enthusiasm

When someone shares their enthusiasm they expect you to react to their good news. Here are some phrases to help you spread the joy.

That’s great / fantastic / wonderful!

Your wife is pregnant. That’s fantastic! 
That’s great! You should be proud of yourself.

I’m (so, very, really) happy for you.

I’m really happy for you. I’m sure you’ll be great at your new job.
I’m so happy for you and your husband. Would you like a boy or a girl?

At Work

Colleague 1: Hi Tom. Got a moment?
Colleague 2: Sure, what’s up?

Colleague 1: I’m really stoked about the new project.
Colleague 2: Why’s that?

Colleague 1: Yes, I’m really excited about the opportunity. If things go well with this, who knows what will happen!
Colleague 2: I’m really happy for you. I’m sure you’ll do a great job.

Colleague 1: Thanks. I hope so.
Colleague 2: Of course, you must be very proud of yourself.

Colleague 1: Yes, to tell you the truth, this is something I’ve wanted for a while.
Colleague 2: Well, you deserve it!

Colleague 1: Thanks. I appreciate it.
Colleague 2: My pleasure.

Between Friends

George: Doug, Doug!!

Annie’s pregnant!
Doug: That’s fantastic! Congratulations!

George: Thanks. I can’t believe we’re going to have another baby!!
Doug: Do you know the sex?

George: No, we want it to be a surprise.
Doug: Really, I’d want to know so I could buy all the right stuff.

George: You have a point. Maybe we should find out.
Doug: In any case, I’m really, really happy for your two.

George: Thanks. I just had to share the good news.
Doug: Let’s go get a beer to celebrate!

George: That’s a good idea!
Doug: My treat.


Expressing enthusiasm is just one of many language functions. Learning language functions can help you learn specific vocabulary for specific situations.