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Senses (English Vocabulary)

ESL Vocabulary for Senses

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The following page has learning games and example sentences using the following 12 words from the "senses" category:
Mastering senses-related vocabulary is useful for discussions about perception and sensory experiences.

Memory Game

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Example Sentences

hunger

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the sensation or feeling of a need for food, often accompanied by stomach discomfort when not satisfied

Easy Examples

  • Hunger is the feeling you get when your tummy tells you it's time to eat.
  • When you're hungry, you might want a yummy snack or meal.
  • Hunger goes away when you have something tasty to eat.

Harder Examples

  • Her hunger grew as she walked past the bakery's aromatic display.
  • He couldn't concentrate on work due to his intense hunger.
  • The smell of cooking food intensified their hunger.

itch

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an uncomfortable and irritating sensation on the skin that triggers a desire to scratch or relieve the discomfort

Easy Examples

  • An itch is a little tickling feeling on your skin that makes you want to scratch.
  • Sometimes, bug bites or dry skin can make you itch.
  • Scratching an itch can make it feel better.

Harder Examples

  • She had an itch on her arm and scratched it gently.
  • He developed an itch from an insect bite during the hike.
  • The wool sweater made her skin itch.

pain

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an unpleasant and often distressing sensation caused by physical injury, illness, or discomfort in the body

Easy Examples

  • Pain is when something hurts and doesn't feel good.
  • You might feel pain if you accidentally bump your knee or get a tiny cut.
  • People try to avoid things that cause pain.

Harder Examples

  • His back pain subsided after a massage and hot bath.
  • She winced in pain when she accidentally bumped her knee.
  • The doctor prescribed pain medication for relief.

pressure

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the sensation of force or weight applied to a specific area, often causing discomfort or compression

Easy Examples

  • Pressure is when something pushes against you or something else with force.
  • When you press your hand against a wall, you feel pressure.
  • Pressure can make things squish or change shape.

Harder Examples

  • The pressure of the heavy backpack made her shoulders ache.
  • He adjusted the pressure of the water in the shower to his liking.
  • They released the pressure in the air compressor after use.

sight

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the ability to perceive and interpret visual stimuli, allowing one to see objects, colors, and shapes

Easy Examples

  • Sight is the special sense that lets you see all the colors, shapes, and things around you.
  • Your eyes help you see your favorite toys, friends, and beautiful scenery.
  • Sight helps you explore the world with your eyes.

Harder Examples

  • The breathtaking sunset was a feast for the eyes.
  • He had excellent sight and rarely needed glasses.
  • They admired the sight of the city skyline from the hilltop.

smell

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the sense of perceiving scents and odors through the nose, often influencing one's perception of the environment

Easy Examples

  • Smell is the sense that lets you enjoy the scents and odors in the air.
  • You can smell yummy food cooking in the kitchen or the fresh air after rain.
  • Smell makes the world more interesting.

Harder Examples

  • The smell of freshly baked bread filled the kitchen.
  • She enjoyed the smell of blooming flowers in the garden.
  • The unpleasant smell of garbage wafted from the bin.

taste

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the sense of distinguishing flavors and the ability to identify the different tastes of foods and beverages

Easy Examples

  • Taste is the sense that lets you savor and enjoy the flavors of different foods and drinks.
  • You can taste sweet ice cream, salty popcorn, and sour lemons.
  • Taste makes eating fun and delicious.

Harder Examples

  • The taste of the homemade chocolate cake was heavenly.
  • He savored the taste of the spicy curry with rice.
  • They experimented with combining various herbs and spices for unique tastes.

temperature

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the perception of hot or cold sensations in the environment or on the body's skin

Easy Examples

  • Temperature is how hot or cold something is.
  • You can feel temperature with your skin and tell if something is warm or cold.
  • Temperature affects what you wear and how you feel.

Harder Examples

  • She adjusted the room temperature to a comfortable level.
  • He felt the temperature drop as the evening approached.
  • They dipped their toes in the cool water to escape the summer heat.

thirst

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the sensation of a dry or parched throat and a strong desire to drink fluids to alleviate the discomfort

Easy Examples

  • Thirst is the feeling you get when your body needs water to drink.
  • When you're thirsty, a glass of water or a cool drink can make you feel better.
  • Thirst reminds you to stay hydrated.

Harder Examples

  • Her thirst was quenched after sipping a glass of cold water.
  • He felt a sudden thirst after a strenuous workout.
  • They offered a refreshing glass of lemonade to quench their guests' thirst.

touch

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the sense of physical contact and the ability to perceive textures, pressure, and temperature through the skin

Easy Examples

  • Touch is the sense that lets you feel things with your skin, like soft blankets, rough sand, and tickles.
  • Your hands can touch and explore the textures of different objects.
  • Touch helps you connect with the world.

Harder Examples

  • The soft touch of a kitten's fur brought comfort and joy.
  • He appreciated the gentle touch of a loved one's hand on his shoulder.
  • They explored the tactile sensation of sand between their fingers at the beach.

balance

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the sense of equilibrium and the ability to maintain an upright and steady posture, often involving the inner ear's function

Easy Examples

  • Balance is what keeps you from falling when you stand, walk, or play.
  • Your inner balance helps you stay upright, even when you move around.
  • Balance is like your body's superpower.

Harder Examples

  • She lost her balance but quickly regained it while ice skating.
  • He practiced yoga to improve his balance and flexibility.
  • They relied on their sense of balance to walk across a narrow bridge.

hearing

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the sense of perceiving sounds and vibrations in the environment through the ears, allowing one to detect auditory stimuli

Easy Examples

  • Hearing is the sense that lets you listen to sounds, like music, laughter, and birds singing.
  • Your ears help you hear your friends talking and your favorite songs playing.
  • Hearing adds music to your life.

Harder Examples

  • The soothing music played in the background enhanced the hearing experience.
  • She had acute hearing and could hear distant sounds clearly.
  • They enjoyed the hearing of raindrops on the roof during a storm.
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