Topic: Anger



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: AngerFirst, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

anger management Anger management is training for temper control and is the skill of remaining calm and composed. It has been described as “deploying anger successfully.”
e.g. My brother needs to work on his anger management problem.
blow a fuse If you blow a fuse, you suddenly become very angry or upset.
e.g. Jim’ll blow a fuse if he finds you here.
get on someone’s nerves If you get on someone’s nerves, you annoy them a great deal.
e.g. The boys next door are so noisy they‘re getting on my nerves.
quick temper Someone who has a quick temper gets angry very easily.
e.g. He makes me nervous – he’s got such a quick temper.
road rage Aggressive driving habits sometimes resulting in violence against other drivers is called road rage.
e.g. A number of car accidents today are a direct result of road rage.
stick in one’s throat If something sticks in your throat, it is something that is very difficult to accept and it makes you angry or resentful.
e.g. The terrible way he treats women really sticks in my throat!
step on someone’s toes If you annoy or irritate someone by intervening in a situation that is their responsibility, you step on their toes.
e.g. I could offer some advice, but I’m afraid of stepping on the manager’s toes.
rant When you rant, you talk loudly and in a way that shows anger. It can also be when you complain in a way that is unreasonable.
e.g. He always rants about the evils of the film industry.
outraged extremely angered or unhappy because of something bad, hurtful, or morally wrong
e.g. The public was outraged by the political scandal.
bitter angry and unhappy because of unfair treatment
e.g. He cried bitter tears.


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. What makes you angry?
  2. Are there different types of anger?
  3. What are various ways people respond to anger?
  4. Is anger ever justified? If so, how can we determine whether it is justified or not?
  5. Is anger ever a good thing? If so, when? Why?
  6. What are you like when you are angry?
  7. What do you do when you get angry?
  8. How do you deal with your anger?
  9. When was the last time you got angry? Talk to your tutor about it.
  10. Someone once said, “For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” Do you agree? Why or why not?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.


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