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Lesson 3 - People
Vocabulary

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Words to Describe Personality

Instructions

  1. Print the vocabulary list.
  2. Translate the words. (Google Translation - http://translate.google.com/)
    - or -
    Look up the English definition. (Longman Dictionary - http://www.ldoceonline.com/)
  3. Do the exercises below. Click on a word to hear the pronunciation.
aggressive
ambitious
cautious
competitive
confident
creative
dependable
dumb
enthusiastic
extroverted               
generous
idealistic
imaginative
intelligent
introverted
kind
logical
mean
nervous
observant
optimistic
outgoing
pessimistic
quiet
rational
reckless
responsible
shy
sincere
smart
sociable
stubborn
talkative
understanding
wise

Practice
Study the list of personality words above then select the words that describe you. 
(There are no right or wrong answers.)

aggressive
ambitious
cautious
competitive
confident
creative
dependable
dumb
enthusiastic
extroverted
generous
idealistic
imaginative
intelligent
introverted
kind
logical
mean
nervous
observant
optimistic
outgoing
pessimistic
quiet
rational
reckless
responsible
shy
sincere
smart
sociable
stubborn
talkative
understanding
wise

Select the words that you think are positive personality characteristics and the words that you think are negative. (There are no right or wrong answers.)

Positive Negative Characteristic Positive Negative Characteristic
aggressive nervous
ambitious observant
cautious optimistic
competitive outgoing
confident pessimistic
creative quiet
dependable rational
dumb reckless
enthusiastic responsible
extroverted shy
generous sincere
idealistic smart
imaginative sociable
intelligent stubborn
introverted talkative
kind understanding
logical wise
mean

 

Practice
Select the opposite

1. smart

2. talkative

3. reckless

4. outgoing

5. optimistic

6. kind

 

Select the word that is similar to the listed word.

7. quiet

8. responsible

9. generous

10. sociable

11. intelligent

12. logical

13. creative

14. aggressive

 

Past Participles

Below is a list of the irregular verbs from this lesson (including the participle). Study the list below and complete the practice exercises.

Verb Past Participle
begin began begun
break broke broken
drive drove driven
fall fell fallen
fly flew flown
hit hit hit
know knew known
lose lost lost
read read read
sit sat sat

Practice
In the spaces provided, use your imagination to write sentences using the irregular verbs from the table above. (Since there are so many possible answers, I can't correct this exercise. This is just for practice.)

example
go - went - gone

Past

Participle

begin - began - begun

Past

Participle

break - broke - broken

Past

Participle

drive - drove - driven

Past

Participle

fall - fell - fallen

Past

Participle

fly - flew - flown

Past

Participle

hit - hit - hit

Past

Participle

know - knew - known

Past

Participle

lose - lost - lost

Past

Participle

read - read - read

Past

Participle

sit - sat - sat

Past

Participle

 

Practice
Fill out the table below with the irregular verbs. If you write a space after a word, the computer will think that it's an error.

Verb Past Participle
begin
break
drive
fall
fly
hit
know
lose
read
sit

 

Practice
Write the verb in parentheses in the correct form (present, past or participle) in the sentences below.

example
He's (find) a lot of interesting books at the library.

1. They (sit) in the back of the classroom yesterday.
   

2. The children have (read) many books.
   

3. He (fall) after tripping over the tree branch.
   

4. He's (drive) over 1000 miles.
   

5. The pilot has (fly) many different kinds of airplanes.
   

6. The baseball player (hit) the ball out of the ballpark in last week's game.
   

7. You can't interrupt the teacher after the class has (begin).
   

8. She dropped the glass and it (break).
   

9. He's (lose) his wallet.
   

10. I've (know) him for a long time.
   

Other Vocabulary

can't stand
traffic jam
subway
both
seek
adventurous
faithful
widow
partner
sense of humor
down to earth
male
female
dining out
look forward to
body builder          
hold hands
sunset
open-minded
witty

Practice
Select the correct word.

1. Sometimes I drive to work and sometimes I take the .
    

2. I don't like driving downtown at 5:00 PM because there is always a big .
    

3. It is very romantic to watch the over the water in the evening.
    

4. I don't like traffic at all. I it.
    

5. It is important for a manager to listen to his or her employees. A manager needs to be .     

6. Her husband died last year. She is a .
    

7. Men are male and women are .
    

8. I like . I eat in a different restaurant every weekend.
    

9. I'm going to Florida next month! I'm really my vacation.
    

10. He is very muscular because he is a .
    

 

 

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