Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Amy Winehouse: Condolences

                                                                    Amy Winehouse



We are here for a short time on this earth.  So, unfortunately we must sometimes say: “good bye”.  The topic is never easy but here are two common language styles.

Language Style

 Demi Moore: "Truly sad news about Amy Winehouse. My heart goes out to her family.”

Usher:  "I'm so sad to hear the horrible news of Amy Winehouse's death. I'm so happy I knew you Amy...we'll miss you!!"

The first sentences of Demi and Usher are common expressions for beginning to express sympathy. 

It is truly sad news about Amy Winehouse.

I’m so sad to hear the horrible news of Amy Winehouse’s death. 


The word ‘truly’ can be interchanged with ‘so’.  These words simply emphasize the person’s feeling of sadness.  For example:

I’m truly sad to hear the horrible news of Amy Winehouse’s death. 

However, ‘so’ can’t be interchanged with ‘truly’ despite the same meaning. (Native English speaking patterns can be tricky)

The easiest word to use that can be interchanged in both cases is ‘very’.  ‘Very’ has the same meaning as ‘truly’ and ‘so’.  
For example:

It is very sad news about Amy Winehouse.

I’m very sad to hear the horrible news of Amy Winehouse’s death. 

Use the word you like best.  Most native speakers don’t think about it.  However, in American English ‘truly’ has more of a formal feeling because it is found more in writing than speaking.  But in the case of someone’s death, people often use more formal words to express their feelings.

The second sentences of Demi and Usher are where they personalize their message.

Demi: My heart goes out to her family.

Usher: I'm so happy I knew you Amy...we'll miss you!!

Although both sentence are more personal in nature, the ideas are quite common in condolences.

Condolences Speaking Pattern

 Examples:
________ sad news about ________. My heart goes out to her family.

1.Truly sad news about (person’s name). My heart goes out to her/his family.
2.Very sad new about (person’s name). My heart goes out to his/her family and friends.

I'm ________ sad to hear the horrible news of ________ death. I'm so happy I knew you ________....we'll miss you!!

3.  I’m so sad to hear the horrible news of (person’s name) death. I'm so happy I knew you (person’s name)...we'll miss you!!
4. I’m truly sad to hear the horrible news of (person’s name) death. I'm so happy I knew you (person’s name)...we'll miss you!!
5.  I’m very sad to hear the horrible news of (person’s name) death. I'm so happy I knew you (person’s name)...we'll miss you!!

For the last part of this blog, I have included two of Amy’s favorite singers/influences.  Please enjoy the videos and think of all the good things Emy Winehouse brought to the world in such a short time.  She was definitely up there with the greats! Goodbye song bird!

Videos
 Sarah Vaughan

 Billie Holiday


To Amy’s family and friends ~ I am truly sorry for your loss,
                                                                                                      Alex