#26 – TO FEEL FOR


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To feel for someone
= to feel sympathy for someone
E.g. “I really feel for you mate, it must be hard getting up at 5.30 am to go to work.”

Transcript
*Extract from “I Feel For You” by Chaka Khan (an 80s classic)

Hello, ladies and gentlemen.

This is Luke from Luke’s English Podcast. This year I’m teaching you a phrasal verb every day.

…and today’s phrasal verb is TO FEEL FOR

Okay?

TO FEEL FOR someone

– “I FEEL FOR you, mate”

like that kind of thing.

Watch out for the way the word “FOR” is said in this expression. It’s pronounced with a weak form.

You don’t say – “I FEEL FOR you”.

It would be – “I really FEEL FOR you”.

FEEL /fə/, not FEEL FOR. That’s how it’s pronounced in a fluent speech.

So, I FEEL FOR you…, TO FEEL FOR someone means basically that you kind of feel some sympathy for somebody.

You feel sympathy for somebody.

So, you know, someone’s got in a difficult situation, you want to express that you feel sympathy for that person, you can say:

– “Oh, I really FEEL FOR you at the moment”

meaning, I feel sympathy for you.

For example:

[SPK1] – “Oh, man. I can’t believe it’s Monday tomorrow. I’ve got get up at 5:30 to go to work at the Airport”
[SPK2] – “Oh, God. It sounds terrible. I really FEEL FOR you, mate. That sounds like a nightmare.”

There you go. I FEEL FOR you.

To be honest, at the moment, I kind of…, I FEEL FOR the girlfriend of the French prime minister [President actually], because they’ve just split up. He had an affair with someone else and then they split up. He just dumped her. It’s been very embarrassing for her, and also it’s probably ruined her career. So, to be honest…, I don’t think so much of this woman, but I do FEEL FOR her at the moment. It must be very difficult.

There you go. TO FEEL FOR someone – to feel some sympathy for a person.

That’s it for this one.

I hope you’ve had a nice weekend and that you are relaxing on Sunday. I know it depends on which part in the world you’re in. It might be Monday morning where you are, and if you had to get up very early today, then I FEEL FOR you. You’ve got my sympathy.

There will be another one of these tomorrow.

Don’t forget to visit teacherluke.wordpress.com where you can find more information.

That’s it for now.

I’ll speak to you tomorrow.

Bye bye bye bye.

Now listen to this classic 80s hit! (Did you know it was written by Prince?) – Lyrics below

LYRICS:
Chaka, Chaka, Chaka, Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan, let me rock you
Let me rock you, Chaka Khan
Let me rock you, that’s all I wanna do
Chaka Khan, let me rock you
Let me rock you, Chaka Khan
Let me rock you, let me feel for you
Chaka Khan let me tell you what I wanna do
Do you feel for me, the way I feel for you
Chaka Khan let me tell you what I wanna do
I wanna love you, wanna hug you, wanna squeeze you too
Let me take you in my arms
Let me fill you with my charms, Chaka
‘Cause you know that I’m the one to keep you warm
Chaka, I’ll make you more than just a physical dream
I wanna rock you, Chaka
Baby, cause you make me wanna scream
Let me rock you, rock you
Baby, baby, when I look at you
I get a warm feeling inside
There’s something about the things you do
That keeps me satisfied
I wouldn’t lie to you, baby
It’s mainly a physical thing
This feeling that i got for you, baby
Makes me wanna sing
CHORUS:
I feel for you
I think I love you
I feel for you
I think I love you

Chaka Khan, let me rock you
Let me rock you, Chaka Khan
Let me rock you, that’s all I wanna do
Chaka Khan, let me rock you
Let me rock you, Chaka Khan
Let me rock you, let me feel for you
Feel for you
Baby, baby, when I lay with you
There’s no place I’d rather be
I can’t believe, can’t believe it’s true
The things that you do to me
I wouldn’t lie to you, baby
I’m physically attracted to you
This feeling that I got for you, baby
There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do
CHORUS
Yes sir, one more time
Say yeah
I feel for you (I think I love you)
I feel for you (I, I, I think I love you)

Chaka Khan, let me rock you
Let me rock you, Chaka Khan
Let me rock you, that’s all I wanna do
Chaka Khan, let me rock you
Let me rock you, Chaka Khan
Let me rock you, let me feel for you
Chaka Khan won’t you tell me what you wanna do
Do you feel for me, the way I feel for you
Chaka Khan let me tell you what I wanna do
I wanna love you, wanna hug you, wanna squeeze you too
Let me take you in my arms
Let me fill you with my charms, Chaka
‘Cause you know that I’m the one to keep you warm
Chaka, I’ll make you more than just a physical dream
I wanna rock you, Chaka
Baby, cause you make me wanna scream
Feel for you
I feel for you (Oooh, feel for you)
I feel it too (Oooh, feel for you)
I feel for you (Oooh, feel for you)
CHORUS

  • Denis Paraschuk

    I feel for our janitor – he gets up at 5.00 am every morning and cleans up our backyard.

  • I feel for my friend who will have to work on his birthday all day long.

  • I feel for Ukrainians these days.They’ve been struggling for freedom.
    I’m from Polan.I do understand what they are struggling for.
    Love.Peace.Music.And love again.
    And Steven Fry,Dylan Moran and Saghetti Flying Monster.
    And Kurt Vonnegut for ever.
    And love again.
    Ursula

    • Nice. Yes, and I feel for the Ukrainians too at the moment.