Vocabulary Lessons

“Personality Types”


Whether you are searching for the ideal date or marriage partner or just someone to work for you part-time, identifying ideal personality traits is key to successful relationships. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context. You can use the Internet to find such sentences.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

  1. ambitious – unmotivated
  2. generous – stingy
  3. hardworking – lazy
  4. honest – dishonest
  5. humble – bigheaded
  6. independent – dependent
  7. kind – inconsiderate
  8. nervous – calm
  9. open-minded – close-minded
  10. optimistic – pessimistic
  11. outgoing – shy
  12. punctual – late
  13. reliable – unreliable
  14. talkative – quiet
  15. unselfish – self-centered
  • I like someone who is ___________ because ________.
  • I enjoy being around people who are _______ because _______.
  • I can’t stand people who are _______ because _________.


I really like people who are _______ because they always believe that things will work out in spite of difficult challenges.

Monica is very _______ and always gives her time and resources to help those who are in need.

Follow-Up Activity

Think of three things to describe the ideal boss, roommate, and partner. Use the vocabulary and expressions above to explain your ideas.