Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Do you know how to use the word “dramatic” in a modern, current way in English?

You have probably heard native speakers use it many times.

Today you’ll find out how to use this word plus a few phrases that mean the same thing the way that natives use them!

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What does “dramatic” mean?

  • drastic
  • severe
  • intense
  • awe-inducing
  • harsh
  • extreme



“Dramatic” can have a few different meanings:

1. Of or relating to drama or the theater.

  • “Michelle were you in drama club in school?” (listen to the episode for Michelle’s response)


2. Arresting or forceful in appearance or effect: a dramatic sunset.

  • This summer the most dramatic sunset I saw was in Amarillo Texas. The sun was huge because the land was so flat. I watched it dip down under the horizon. It was amazing.
  • Dramatic landscapes, dramatic cliffs


3. The modern, popular, conversational ways to use it= when someone is dramatic and the person causes problems

  • “She’s a drama queen.” Why did we use the example of a woman? What does it mean?
  • “A drama-filled weekend”: A weekend where a lot of drama occurred.
  • Another example: Why is our relationship so successful? Neither of us look for drama.


Drama is what makes reality TV so popular!

Everyone wants to know about drama that’s happening in people’s lives.

Why do you think we love to watch/hear about drama so much in others’ lives?

Why do we all crowd around when there’s a fight or an accident?


Leave your own sample sentence below.

Let us know if you are a drama king or drama queen!

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