The English We Speak
Episode 220704 / 04 Jul 2022
Neil’s got a serious expression on his face? Is something wrong, or is he just concentrating? Feifei’s about to find out and learn the name for Neil’s intense look.
Hello and welcome to The English We Speak from BBC Learning English. I’m Feifei…
Excuse me, Neil – could we have your attention, please?
Oh, sorry. I was just playing this computer game – I’m so addicted! I just need to get the zombies to jump in the jelly and…
…OK, OK, I get the idea. But why are you looking so serious?
Serious? Oh no, I’m not looking serious, I’m concentrating - this is my game face!
Oh, that’s a game face! I wondered what one was, and now I know. If we describe someone as having a game face, we mean they have an intense, serious expression because they are focussed and determined to win a game or achieve something they want. And Neil, you are serious about winning your game?
Yes – just one more zombie in the jelly to go.
Let’s have some examples, shall we?
You could tell by his game face that he was going to win!
Look at Jaya’s game face – you can tell she is determined to win the race.
Put your game face on when you go to the bank and ask to borrow some money.
You’re listening to The English We Speak from BBC Learning English. Neil’s telling me about his ‘game face’ – a serious or intense facial expression that someone has when they’re determined to win something. Is this a face we only use for computer games?
No. We can use it for board games, chess, sport also – anywhere where you need to focus to win the game or just achieve something important. Now, please be quiet, I need to finish this game!
The game has frozen. It won’t work!
So, is that your game face I’m looking at now?
No, this is just my angry face.
Oh dear. We could call it your ‘game over’ face!
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