Hey there! This is TOP episode 195. Joyous vs Joyful

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Hello there! In today’s episode, we’re looking at two similar words. “joyous” and “joyful” both describe feelings of happiness, but there’s a slight difference in how they are used. 

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Joyful is an adjective that describes a feeling of great happiness or brings about a feeling of great happiness and joy. It can also be used as an adverb with the form joyfully and as a noun with the form joyfulness. The word joyful has been in use since the mid-thirteenth century.

Joyous is an adjective that means feeling great happiness or causing others to feel great happiness and joy. It can be used as an adverb with the form joyous and as a noun with the form joyousness. Joyous originated from the Old French word which means happy, cheerful, merry, or glad. It appeared in the English language around the turn of the fourteenth century. 

While there is no significant difference between joyful and joyous, joyful is often used more commonly to describe a person’s state of joy, while joyous is frequently used to describe events, things, and places.

“Joyous” implies a more intense and exuberant feeling of happiness than “Joyful,” which is more subdued and peaceful. “Joyous” means intense and exuberant happiness with overwhelming joy, excitement, and celebration. It’s like a lively party or a wedding filled with laughter and dancing. Energy is there, right?

“Joyful” represents peaceful and contented happiness. It’s a serene and tranquil joy, found in quiet moments of reflection or spending time with loved ones in a peaceful setting. Peaceful, joyful. 

In summary, “joyous” is exuberant and expressive happiness, while “joyful” is a calm and fulfilled state of happiness.

Now, I picked two idioms connected with the word joy. 

Jump for joy: To be extremely happy and express it by leaping or jumping. Listen to tan example sentence:

When she received the good news, she jumped for joy.

The second idiom is to burst with joy and it means to feel an overwhelming amount of happiness or excitement. An example:

The team burst with joy when they won the championship.

Practical part! Listen to these example sentences: 

She had a joyful smile on her face as she received her birthday gift.

The puppy brought joyful laughter to the entire family.

The painting depicted a scene of joyful children playing in a field of flowers.

The choir’s performance filled the church with joyful harmonies.

The elderly couple took a joyful stroll hand in hand through the park.

The party was joyous, with laughter and dancing filling the room.

The children’s faces were joyous when they saw the presents under the Christmas tree.

The graduation ceremony was a joyous event, marking the students’ accomplishments.

The couple shared a joyous embrace after being reunited at the airport.

The festival was a joyous celebration of music, food, and culture.

When she received the good news, she jumped for joy.

The team burst with joy when they won the championship.

Here you have it, 12 phrases sentences with the word joy, joyous and joyful. Now, go to your inbox and get the worksheet to test yourself. Translate the sentences into English. If you aren’t a member of TOPeople download the worksheet from teacherola.com/195. 

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