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How to Talk About Your Personality in English

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 @ 05:40 PM

how to talk about your personality in EnglishAre you an extrovert or an introvert? Maybe you are an ambivert?

Do you want to know how to talk about your personality or the personality of someone else in everyday English conversations?

If so, today's lesson is for you.

I will give you some new vocabulary words and phrases that you can use in conversations with native English speakers.




1) "I'm a complete extrovert."

how to describe character in English  extrovertWhen someone is an "extrovert," they get energy from being with people.

They might enjoy going to a party instead of staying home in the evening.

They like to meet new people and they might work through their ideas by discussing them with other people rather than considering them in their own head.




Here are some other ways to say this:

  • "I'm really outgoing."
  • "I'm quite friendly."
  • "I am a gregarious person."
  • "I like to go out and meet new people all of the time."
  • "I am pretty sociable."
  • "I am a social butterfly."
  • "I am a warm person."




2) "I'm a bit of an introvert."

introvertWhen someone is an "introvert," they get more energy from being alone or socializing in small groups.

They might prefer to build deeper relationships with only a few people rather than meeting a lot of new people all of the time.

They might feel stressed or overwhelmed in a big city or a new environment because they encounter new sounds, people, and sights around them.

They tend to develop new ideas in their mind instead of immediately voicing the idea.


Here are some other ways to say this:


  • "I'm kind of reserved."
  • "I can be shy sometimes." (an introverted person isn't necessarily shy or afraid of people, but many people talk about them that way)
  • "I like to spend time with close friends."
  • "I like to hang out in small, intimate settings rather than at large parties."
  • "I am pretty quiet when I am in groups."
  • "I tend to listen and process things in my mind more."
  • "I usually listen more than I speak up."




3) "My brother can be really obnoxious."


annoyingWhen we say that someone is "obnoxious" we mean that they are not pleasant to be around and that they bother us.

They might do things that are irritating or annoying.


Here are some other ways to say this:

  • "My brother is so annoying."
  • "My brother can be really irritating sometimes."
  • "I get so annoyed with my brother at times."
  • "Sometimes my brother is such a pain."



4) "Sarah has really come out of her shell."

English expression come out of one's shellThis is an idiom and it means to become more social and outgoing.

When a turtle feels comfortable, he sticks his head out of his shell.

This can also be used to talk about people.

We use this when someone was shy at an earlier time and then they became more friendly or less afraid of engaging with people.




Here are some other ways to say this:

  • "Sarah has really opened up."
  • "Sarah seems so much more outgoing these days."
  • "Sarah is more social now than she used to be."
  • "Sarah used to be shy, but now she is pretty friendly with people."




5) "My boss is an ambivert."

describe personality in English  ambivert"Ambivert" is a term that means someone can move between "introvert" and "extrovert" easily and they move between the two personality types in different situations.

Someone might be an "ambivert" if they are social and outgoing in profesional situations (extrovert) but they might prefer to socialize in small, intimate groups and to spend time alone in their personal life (introvert).



Here are some other ways to say this:

  • "My boss tends to move between introvert and extrovert based on the situation."
  • "My boss can alter his personality based on what is appropriate in the moment."
  • "My boss changes his personality all of the time, depending on the situation."


They key to learning these words is to practice!

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