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Speaking English is fun and learning character traits make it even more so, by giving learners the chance to describe the myriad of people that surround us everyday. Here is a set of positive Character Traits with pictures for first time ESL learners to practice or just brush up what they already know. Feedback is always appreciated.

a bully

someone who enjoys frightening or hurting people

(That big strong girl always takes children's lunch money. She is a _______.)

a dreamer

a person who spends much time thinking about the past/future

(You are always dreaming about traveling to other countries. You are such a _________.)

a fighter

a person who likes to fight or who often fights

(Look at all his cuts and bruises. He is definitely a _______.)

a leader

leads by example, a person whom others want to follow

(Our king is a great _________.)

able

a person who can do many things, highly skilled, talented

(Geoff can do many things. He is a very _______ man.)

absent minded

a person who doesn't think about the present, has difficulty paying attention, empty headed much of the time

(That student never concentrates in class. He is so ________________.)

adventurous

a person who likes adventure, takes rish to have an adventure

(People who climb tall mountains are very ____________.)

affectionate

often shows love, or enjoys being receiving love

(My cat really loves me. She always wants my attention. She is so ____________.)

an expert

someone who knows much more about sth than other people

(Mr. Jones knows a lot about buying paintings. He is an ________.)

anxious

someone who often feels nervous or worried about things.

(Before a test, I always feel very ________.)

artistic

a creative person, good at art

(She is good at drawing, so she must be very ___________.)

attentive

someone who listens carefully, give her/his full attention to someone or sth.

(A good student listens to the teacher and is always ___________. A bad student is not.)

boastful

someone who likes to tell everyone how good he/she is

(I don't like Jenny because she is very ____________. She always wants to tell me how great she is.)

bold

brave, courageous, not easily frightened

(Adventurous people are also very brave and _____.)

brave

bold, courageous, not easily frightened

(Firefighters must be very _______ because they have to go into many dangerous places.)

bright

intelligent, smart

(Doris is very _______ (smart).)

busy

often busy, often doing something, no time for other activities

(The __________ teacher is always doing something.)

calm

not easily excited, a mild person

(I like my teacher because she is always very ______, never angry.)

care free

someone who does worry about anything, free of care

(That boy doesn't care about anything. He's really ____________.)

chatty

someone who enjoys chatting, talking with other people

(I always like to talk, so my aunt says I am very ________.)

cheerful

often in a happy mood, full of life, not often sad

(My Uncle Sam is never sad, and always very _________ and happy.)

closed-minded

someone who will not change their mind, not listen to others, has only one way of thinking

(She will not listen to anyone's advice but her own. She is very ______________.)

clumsy

someone who is careless, not careful, often falls down or knocks things over

(Hey! You just knocked my book onto the floor. You are so ________.)

compassionate

often thinks about the needs of others first and always tries to help

(My grandma cares a lot about poor people. She is very ___________ because she always tries to help.)

confused

someone who is easily confused, makes things difficult to understand

(He doesn't understand anything the teacher says. He is often _________.)

considerate

someone who considers (thinks about) others first before themselves

(My friend George always thinks of others before himself. He is very ________________.)

cooperative

works well with other people

(Even though my dad is busy, he always helps me whenever I ask. I think he is very _____________.)

courageous

brave, bold, willing to take risks for other people

(A soldier must be very ___________ when he goes to fight a battle.)

cowardly

easily scared or frightened, not courageous

(My cat is so ____________. He always jumps at the smallest sound.)

creative

someone good at creating things, has many ideas

(I love making things in art. My teacher says I am a ___________ student.)

curious

eager to learn, want to know more

(Cats are always very __________. They always want to know what's happening.)

dainty

small, pretty and delicate

(That little girl is so delicate and __________. She really should eat more.)

daring

more willing to take risks than other people

(If you want to climb mountains you need to be very brave and d_______.)

decent

thoughtful and kind, sincere

(I know he is a _______ man because he's always kind and nice to everyone.)

decisive

able to make decisions quickly

(She always knows what to do. She is very _____________.)

defiant

refuses to obey the rules, disobedient

(The naughty boy was very ________, and he didn't listen to the teacher at all.)

dependable

someone you can rely or depend on to do something

(No matter what happens, I can always rely on my ____________ friend.)

dependent

someone who relies on you for something

(My baby sister is very __________ on my mom for everything at the moment.)

dependent

someone who needs something or someone to live

(Everybody is ________ on food and water to live.)

determined

to finish something once you've started, to show determination

(If you want to go far in life, you need to be very ________.)

diligent

hardworking to complete a goal after starting

(That hardworking student is very ______________.)

easy going

not worried or rushed, not easily made angry

(I love my mom. She's so __________ that everyone likes to make friends with her.)

energetic

a person who always has lots of energy to do things

My little brother always has so much energy. He is so _________.)

envious

wanting something that isn't yours, feeling envy

(I am really __________ of my big sister because she can drive a car and I can't yet.)

extroverted

out-going, always likes to be around people, talkative(

(My teacher is really _____________. He always makes me laugh in class and he can talk to anyone.)

fair

someone who treats everyone the same, level-headed

A judge needs to be _______ when listening to people's problems.)

faithful

someone you can always trust, who will always be there to help you

(My dog does everything I ask him. He is always really __________.)

fancy

dress very nicely, likes to look better than other people

(That girl is so _________. She always wears expensive clothes so we will be jealous of her.)

forgiving

easily forgive people for bad things they did

(My parents are so cool. No matter what I do, they are always very _________.)

fortunate

someone who has everything they need, lucky to be who they are

(My family is ____________ to have food to eat. Many people don't have enough.)

frank

open, honest, like to say what you think

(When you say what you think, you are ___________.)

friendly

a person who is always nice to everyone they meet

(My friend Mark likes to laugh with everyone. He is very ________.)

fun-loving

someone who likes to have fun

(I am a ___________ person, for I always like to have fun.)

generous

likes to give or share his/her things

(My friend, Irene, is so ___________ because she always gives money to poor people who need it.)

greedy

someone who always wants more than they need (Ex. money)

(My brother is very ___________. He eats everything on the table, so there is nothing for me to eat.)

handsome

a good-looking man or boy

(That man looks very __________. Many women like him.)

helpful

likes to help other people, enjoy helping

(Our boss always helps me. He is really __________.)

honest

someone who always tells the truth

(The __________ man never lies to anyone.)

haughty

vain, talking to people like you are better than them

(That woman is so __________ because she always thinks she is better than everyone else.)

humble

without too much pride, respectful of others acheivements

(__________ people always say what other people do is more important that what they do.)

humorous

someone who makes others laugh, likes to tell jokes

(Your funny friend is so __________, we should invite him to our party.)

imaginative

someone who has an active imagination

(Young children always have wild imaginations. They are so __________.)

independent

able to do things on your own, don't need others to help you(My little brother is very __________ because he loves to do everything on his own.)

intellectual

very smart, having a great intellect

(Einstein was a very __________ man.)

introverted

shy not outgoing, prefer to keep to oneself

(I don't like to talk to everyone because I am really quite __________.)

inventive

always thinking up new ideas or ways to do things

(Willy Wonka was a very __________ person.)

irresponsible

not responsible for your actions, don't care that what you do may hurt other people

(David doesn't care if he hurts anyone with his actions. He is very __________.)

jealous

wanting something that isn't yours

(Tom's girlfriend earned more money than Tom so Tom felt ____________.)

joyful

being full of joy, happy about life

(Children are usually ______ every day.)

keen

eager, enthusiastic, really want to do something

(The student was very ____ to finish her homework and watch TV.)

kind

likes to help others, a good hearted person

(The ____ man helped all the old people to cross the road.)

level-headed

sensible, always fair in everything he/she does

(She is always so sensible every day. I think she is _________.)

light-hearted

cheerful, always happy, often thinking about happier things in life

(I love to laugh. People say that I am very ____ ________.)

likeable

everybody likes you, easy to like

(Everyone likes my friend so he is _______.)

lonely

only you, without friends

(I like to travel around the world by myself, but sometimes I can feel ____.)

loveable

easy to love, everyone loves a lot, affectionate

(My dad always likes to laugh. I love him because he is so _______.)

loyal

someone who will always be there for you when you need them, faithful

(A good friend should always help you when you need them. They should always be _____.)

married

with a wife or husband, not single anymore
(
Tom isn't single anymore. He is a _________ man.)

mature

someone older and wiser, acts like a grown-up (not childish)

(Your boyfriend is so considerate and thoughtful. He's really __________. Mine is really childish.)

mild-mannered

a gentle (mild) personality, always nice with people/animals

(She is so gentle, kind and ____________.)

mischievous

likes to make mischief or trouble for others

(My ____________ younger brother played a trick on my mom and *I* got into trouble!)

modest

without too much pride, respectful of others achievements, not boastful

(My uncle doesn't like to boast about his achievements. He is very _________.)

neat

dresses very well, not messy at all

(People say that while my brother looks very messy, I look very _______.)

needy

in great need, need help now

(Babies are very dependant on their moms. They are very __________. )

nervous

someone who often feels worried, anxious about things

(The naughty boy is very confident in class, but very ________ when he's sat outside the principal's office.)

obedient

willing to do what someone asks you to do

(After he was naughty, the boy was very __________ for him mom.)

open-minded

always ready to listen to new ideas

(I'm always ________________ to new ideas and things in life.)

outgoing

very interested in other people, likes to talk to everyone

(The ___________ girl talked to everyone at the party.)

patient

able to wait or bear something without getting angry

(Teachers are always very ____________ in class.)

patriotic

to love your country dearly

(A president should always be ____________ if he wants the job.)

plain

without decoration, simple looking, acts the same as everyone else

(Sarah isn't beautiful or ugly, but she looks very _______ in that dress.)

pleasing

always make someone happy by what you do

(Brad tries hard to make his teacher happy. He is a very ______________ boy.)

polite

someone who has good manners, (i.e. treats people nicely)

(We all like people who are _____________ to everyone.)

poor

having little or no money to live on

(There are many ________ people in Africa who are starving.)

popular

liked by everyone, people want to be like you

(Not only is he famous, but Wang Jian Ming is ________ too because everyone likes him.)

predictable

you can always predict what someone will do

(The mail carrier is so _____________. He always comes at the same time every day.)

pretty

beautiful, good-looking

(This girl is _________, but that girl is beautiful.)

prim

always acts more properly than necessary

(Because she likes to talk, dress and work properly, many people say Sue is ______.)

prompt

ontime, not early, not late

(It's always important to be _______ when you arrive at work.)

proper

always acting by the rule book, follow the rules

(Teachers always like students that act ________ly in class.)

proud

pleased with someone for doing something important for them

(My parents were very ________ of me because I got the best score in the class.)

proud

pleased with yourself for doing something important to you

(I feel really ________ because my pumpkin was the biggest at the fair, so everyone knows I'm the best.)

punctual

ontime, not early, not late

(My boss always likes ________ people because they always arrive at work on time.)

quiet

not loud, someone whose speech and actions aren't noisy

(My sister is doesn't talk very much and she never shouts at anyone. She is so ______.)

rebellious

a rebel who doesn't like to follow the rules, not obedient

(That kid thinks he is so __________ because he doesn't follow the rules. I think he is just stupid.)

relaxed

calm, easy-going, not stressed at all

(My boss is great. She never shouts at anyone. She is so laid back and __________.)

reliable

someone who you can rely on, always able to help when you need them, loyal

(The best friends are the ones you can trust. The ones who are the most loyal and ________.)

reserved

reserving your feelings, acting in a proper way

(I never know if that man is happy or sad. He never shows his emotion. I think he is just very __________.)

respectful

to show much respect for other people

(If you respect other people then people will think you are very __________.)

responsible

able to trust someone to look after or do something important

(Although Annie is only 14 years old, my mom lets her baby sit me because she says Annie is a ____________ girl.)

rich

have a lot of money, able to buy what you want

(There are always many poor people and only a few ____ people in the world.)

romantic

showing feelings of love, ("a hopeless ________")

(Girls always like boys that give them flowers, give them nice surprises etc... in other words, they like boys who are very __________.)

sad

not happy about something

(Why are you often so _____ recently? You are hardly ever happy.)

secretive

like to keep secrets and not tell others

(You have so many secrets, that I feel like I hardly know you. You are so __________.)

self-confident

confident in yourself, know that you're able to do anything you want to do

(You need to believe in yourself. Be ____-____________.)

vain

to think that you look better than everyone else, prideful

(Why are you so _____? You think you are so much better than everybody else!)

selfless

thinking of others before yourself, unselfish

(That helpful boy was really ___________ when he helped that old woman cross the street.)

sensible

making the right decisions, wise, levelheaded

(You should always be ___________ when you drive a car.)

sensitive

care alot about what other people think of you, emotional

(You shouldn't care what people think about you. Don't be so ____________.)

serious

seldom laughs, not lighthearted

(Our new teacher is so __________ that he almost never smiles.)

shy

not confident around other people

(The new girl in our class won't talk to anyone because she is so ___________.)

simple

not complicated, modest, ordinary people


(I like ___________, regular, uncomplicated people that are easy to talk to.)

simple-minded

uncomplicated thinking, thinking (caring) only simple things

(Don't be so ________-_________! You can't put a car key in your house's door lock.)

timid

not bold or confident; afraid to face danger

(People say that my cat is quite ****** as he won't go near anyone.)

tireless

doesn't stop working, doesn't get tired, has much energy

(That student will surely pass the exam next week. He hasn't stop studying for at all. He's really *******.)

traditional

someone who follows the customs of their ancestors

(My aunt always likes to sing songs on Xmas day. She is so ********.)

trustworthy

someone you can trust to do something right

(When skydiving it's important the person who opens the parachute is *********.)

unique

different to everyone else, not the same

(If I could describe my friend in one word it would be ******.)

unpredictable

impulsive, not predictable, noone knows what they'll do next

(Parents never know what young babies will do next because they are so **********.)

unselfish

not selfish at all, often thinks of others first, generous

(People who like to help others before themselves are always *******.)

vain

to think that you look better than everyone else, prideful

(My sister is always looking in the mirror. Wa, she is so ****.)

wild

not easy to control, doesn't follow the rules

(Although the teacher often shouts at the naughty boy, nobody can control him. He is too ****.)

wise

someone who understands what the right thing to do is

(We can always learn from people older than us as they are often very ****.)

witty

someone funny with a clever sense of humor

(My friend is so funny, he has such a ***** sense of humor.)

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