How to ask about someone’s personality in English?
If you want to know about somebody’s personality, What questions can you ask?
1. What is… like?
Well, you can say “what is… like?” and use the name of the person instead of the dots. For example:
- What is Jack like?
- What is your father like?
- What is your teacher like?
2. How would you describe…?
you can also use “How would you describe + (the name of the person)”. for example:
- How would you describe Jack?
- How would you describe your father?
- How would you describe the president of your country?
3. How do you see…?
The third question you can use is “how do you see + (the name of the person)”.
- How do you see Jack?
- How do you see the president of your country?
- How do you see your teacher?
Now that we know how to ask about somebody’s personality, what’s next? We need to learn to describe someone’s personality and to do so, we should learn some personality adjectives. Remember that adjectives and adverbs are one of the main parts of the English language. It’s really important to learn about them and use them correctly in sentences. We recommend you read the article named as ” How to improve English vocabulary ” on our website and memorize the mentioned techniques and use them correctly.
Personality adjectives in English
To talk about people’s personality, we need to use a “to be verb + personality adjective”. For example:
- I am funny.
- I am angry.
- I am sensitive.
Now, let’s learn some personality adjectives with which you can describe anyone you like! To do so, I am going to answer 3 questions about personality:
1. How do you see yourself?
Let’s break down the vocabulary:
An ambitious person wants to be successful and reach the top. He or she loves improvement.
It means that you do not doubt your skills and your talents. You are sure that you are good enough.
A generous person is willing to help other people and likes to give more than they take. So, a generous person would give money to poor people because of their personality.
An impatient person cannot wait. They get angry if they wait for something for a long time.
Arrogant people think that they are better than other people. A synonym for arrogant is “proud”. Nobody likes arrogant people. It is a negative personality trait.
An aggressive person is always angry and wants to argue.
2. How would you describe yourself?
Let’s learn the new personality adjectives in this response:
A hard-working person is a person who works hard and who puts a lot of effort into what he or she does. A synonym for hard-working is “industrious”. Hard-working people are often successful!
An honest person never tells a lie. They tell the truth. Honesty is a very important personality trait. You don’t want to be friends with someone who isn’t honest, right?!
A tolerant person accepts other people’s ideas, even if they are against his or her own ideas. For example, I am a vegetarian, which means I only eat vegetables. a friend of mine loves hamburgers. I am tolerant, it doesn’t matter that we have different opinions about eating meat. We can still go out and have dinner together. We just have to order separately!
When we say somebody is dull, it means they are boring and not funny. Like my uncle who tells the dullest jokes! I wanna kill myself when I hear them. Last week, he told us this joke:
What did the fish say when it hit the wall? Dam!
Have a good sense of humor
If you have a good sense of humor, it means that you can tell good jokes and make other people laugh.
(have a good sense of humor is not an adjective. The adjective is “humorous”)
3. How do you see yourself?
Well, let’s see what these new English personality adjectives mean:
A cheerful person is always happy and positive. You enjoy spending time with them because they cheer you up (= make you happy).
If a person is easygoing, it means that they don’t care what other people are doing and live their own life. They go easy on themselves.
Insecure is the opposite of self-confident. So, if you are insecure, you do not trust your skills and abilities. You don’t think that you are good enough to do something. You doubt yourself.
If you are a charming person, it means that other people enjoy being around you because you are very lovely and pleasant.
Now that you are familiar with the words to describe personality and the ways of doing it, let’s watch a short funny video about these adjectives for personality and then categorize them into positive and negative groups.
Good personality adjectives:
How to describe someone’s personality in a positive way? In order to describe good personalities in English, you can use the following adjectives:
Friendly, sympathetic, and considerate behavior are characteristics of a kind person.
A patient person can handle delays or other challenges without becoming agitated while they wait.
A courageous person is brave and prepared to face difficulties or peril.
A responsible person accepts responsibility for their actions, keeps their word, and can be trusted.
A respectful person values diversity, listens to other viewpoints, and conducts themselves with decency toward others.
An empathetic person understands and shares the feelings of others, showing compassion and support.
An optimistic person has a positive outlook on life, focusing on possibilities and finding solutions.
A determined person shows strong willpower and perseverance in pursuing their goals, even when faced with obstacles.
Before learning about the negative adjectives to describe personality let’s watch another short funny video about these adjectives:
Negative personality adjectives:
How to describe someone’s personality in a negative way? In order to describe bad personalities in English, you can use the following adjectives:
A selfish person only thinks about themselves and often disregards the needs and feelings of others.
A rude person behaves in an unkind and disrespectful manner toward others.
An impatient person gets easily frustrated when things don’t happen quickly and finds it difficult to wait.
A dishonest person lies, cheats, or otherwise behaves dishonestly, frequently in an effort to gain an advantage.
A lazy person avoids work or effort and prefers to do as little as possible.
Someone who is mean willfully hurts others through their words or actions.
A pessimistic person has a negative outlook and tends to focus on the worst possible outcomes.
A disrespectful person shows a lack of consideration and courtesy towards others.
At the end of this lesson, watch these two videos about the adjectives to describe personality. Watch them carefully and write down their text. Then practice it to stick in your mind!
In this article, we learned how to describe someone’s personality and we also learned the most common words to describe personality. Let’s review them quickly:
|1. Ambitious||4. Impatient||7. Hard-working||10. Dull||13. Easygoing|
|2. Self-confident||5. Arrogant||8. Honest||11. Humorous||14. Insecure|
|3. Generous||6. Aggressive||9. Tolerant||12. Cheerful||15. Charming|
We also categorized personal adjectives in English into two groups:
Let’s review the positive and negative words that describe the personality, which we learned in this lesson:
Positive adjectives that describe personality:
Negative adjectives that describe personality:
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And now, here is a question for you:
Try to answer these questions, using English personality adjectives we’ve just learned in this article, and leave a comment below!