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  • Hi, I'm Vanessa from SpeakEnglishWithVanessa.com.

  • Are you ready to expand your vocabulary with pictures?

  • Let's do it.

  • The more words you know, the easier it will be to express yourself and feel like yourself

  • in English.

  • Today I have a special treat for you.

  • I've prepared over 70 pictures in 10 different categories, so that you can really express

  • yourself in different areas in life.

  • It's really important to be able to look around you and talk about what you see in English.

  • I hope that these vocabulary words that you learn today will help to enrichen the words

  • that you can say and also the words that you can understand.

  • We're going to be taking a look at these pictures together.

  • You're going to see me small in the corner, while we talk about emotions, textures, housing,

  • weather, all these different categories and I'm going to share some useful expressions

  • for each category with you.

  • You're going to be able to look at the picture visually and know what I'm talking about.

  • I hope that it will help you to connect the word and also what you're seeing.

  • Alright, let's get started with the first category, which is actually our biggest category.

  • There are the most words for this one, and it's personality.

  • Let's get started.

  • All right, let's start with the first picture for the category of personality.

  • We're going to be going through all of these pictures pretty quickly, because there's a

  • lot to say.

  • Feel free to write down in a notebook any new words that you hear.

  • When I look at this picture, I see everyone is not smiling and because their arms are

  • crossed, because the way that they're standing, they seem snobby, stuck up, maybe too cool.

  • Sometimes we use the full expression too cool for school.

  • It's just a slang expression that means you think that you are better than the situation.

  • "I am too cool to smile in this picture."

  • These people don't look like really friendly folks.

  • We could use those expressions snobby, stuck up, too cool.

  • This is Napoleon Bonaparte.

  • Of course, it's not the real Napoleon, but it's someone who's play acting him.

  • If we are to talk about Napoleon's personality, we might say that he was a bold, brash, sensitive

  • to criticism, and a way that we can say that in one word is touchy.

  • If someone corrected him, I imagine that he might be a little bit upset, maybe a little

  • bit angry.

  • We could say that he was touchy, he was sensitive to criticism.

  • If you've ever seen Star Wars, you know who these two people are.

  • This is...

  • I guess they're not really people.

  • This is Chewie or Chewbacca and he is a loyal friend to Han Solo who is the other guy.

  • For Chewbacca, we could say that first of all, he's loyal but also we can use the expression

  • a softy, he is a softy.

  • That means that on the outside he looks scary, but on the inside, really he's just a nice

  • guy.

  • He's a softy.

  • As for Han Solo, if you've seen these movies, you know that he is also like Napoleon, bold

  • and brash, but also he's a bit of a scoundrel.

  • Scoundrel is someone who doesn't follow the rules.

  • Maybe they don't really care what other people think.

  • They just want to be risky or just do something for money, do something for adventure.

  • He's also pretty adventurous.

  • But even though he's a scoundrel, he's the scoundrel we all want to be.

  • A final expression we can use to describe Han Solo is cocky.

  • Cocky means someone who is certain that they will succeed, even though they might not succeed.

  • It's overly confident.

  • In this situation, in these movies, Han Solo is often cocky.

  • "Of course, I can do it.

  • Of course, I'm the best guy for this project."

  • This is overly confident or cocky.

  • Here you see the three famous friends from the Harry Potter book series and movie series.

  • Hermione, Ron and Harry.

  • Let's start with Hermione, who is the girl.

  • Hermione at least at the beginning of the series, she is a smarty pants.

  • This means that she's smart, but she also wants everyone to know that she's smart.

  • This isn't really a popular characteristic.

  • Usually people don't like other people who are smarty pants.

  • If you're smart, that's great, but just don't be a smarty pants.

  • At the beginning she is also a know-it-all.

  • This has a similar meaning that she thinks she knows it all.

  • Maybe she does.

  • She does know a lot.

  • She knows a lot more than the other people her age, especially school-related knowledge.

  • But it's not a very popular characteristic.

  • You don't want someone to say you are a know-it-all.

  • Negative.

  • We can also say that she is a goody two shoes.

  • This is a weird idiom, but it means that she's a rule follower and she's not willing to really

  • go outside of the rule.

  • She's worried about getting in trouble.

  • She's a goody two shoes, she always follows the rules.

  • Of course, if you have read the books or watch the movies, you know that her character evolves

  • and changes throughout the different books.

  • She's not like that throughout the whole series.

  • But this picture is from the beginning of the series, and that's how she's portrayed.

  • Our second character Ron, the guy in the middle, we can see from the look on his face, that

  • he is definitely a worry-wart.

  • Or we could just say a worrier.

  • He worries about a lot of things.

  • He worries that he's going to get in trouble, that his friends are going to get hurt, he's

  • worried that he's going to get kicked out of school.

  • He's worried about a lot of things.

  • Even though he's not naturally bold, he often tries to be bold because he's a loyal friend.

  • But he is a worrier.

  • As for Harry, the hero of the story, he is certainly considered brave.

  • But also I feel like he has a strong sense of duty.

  • When he was a small child, he had his destiny created for him.

  • He didn't really have a choice about what he was going to do in his life.

  • I imagine pretty much everyone knows the story of Harry Potter at this point, but I don't

  • want to spoil it too much.

  • But we could say he has a sense of duty, he has something he needs to accomplish, and

  • he's going to do it.

  • This is a strong sense of duty.

  • Next we have a picture of the famous couple John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

  • John Lennon is firstly famous because he was part of the group the Beatles.

  • He is a charismatic person.

  • When he speaks and when he does things, others want to follow him.

  • He's charismatic.

  • Of course, he's also peace-loving.

  • He was wanting peace in the world, but at the same time, we can look at a negative side

  • of that and say that he needs to be needed.

  • He really wants other people to need him.

  • In this way, it's a cycle.

  • Because you want other people to follow your message, but you also need their approval.

  • In this way he kind of needed to be needed.

  • As for his partner, Yoko Ono, she was more of a utopian dreamer.

  • She had some dreamy ideas, some maybe unrealistic ideas about peace and the earth and we could

  • say that she was a utopian dreamer.

  • This isn't always a negative thing.

  • It's not really grounded in reality, but it's just a way to talk about someone's personality.

  • Next, we have two characters from the movie Titanic.

  • If you have not seen this, then you should probably watch it to just understand something

  • important from our culture in the last decade or two.

  • But here the female character who is played by Kate Winslet, she is seen as someone who's

  • ahead of her time.

  • That means that other women, during this time period, just wanted to marry a rich guy.

  • They didn't really have their own dreams and their own thoughts.

  • At least they tried to hide those things if they had them, but for Kate's character, she

  • wanted to really be herself.

  • In this way, we could say that she was ahead of her time.

  • Ironically, she still ends up with a guy, maybe not some rich guy who all of her friends

  • were also going for, but it's still goes back to that stereotypical idea.

  • We might also say that she was adventurous.

  • She didn't care what other people thought.

  • She was willing to just live on the edge.

  • As for Leonardo DiCaprio's character Jack, he is seen as more someone who is optimistic.

  • He has nothing to lose.

  • He is a dreamer.

  • He really doesn't think much about the future.

  • He just went on the Titanic and, "Okay, I'm going to a new country.

  • I don't know what's going to happen.

  • Let's see."

  • He has no plan.

  • But he's still hopeful that good things will happen which is the characteristic of someone

  • who's optimistic.

  • Next we have Martin Luther King Jr or MLK.

  • He was a famous leader during the Civil Rights Movement in the US.

  • Because he was the face of the movement, many people knew his face.

  • They knew his speeches.

  • He was we could say, willing to put himself out there.

  • This means that he was willing to take a risk he was willing to get outside his comfort

  • zone.

  • In the end, he paid the ultimate price because he was assassinated, but in this situation,

  • he wanted his message to be heard.

  • Like Napoleon, like John Lennon, he was courageous, brave and charismatic.

  • He was determined that his message would get heard.

  • But he was also willing to put himself out there.

  • Our final picture for the category of personality is Forrest Gump.

  • If you haven't seen this movie featuring Tom Hanks, stop everything.

  • Watch it right now.

  • It is amazing.

  • But this character of Forrest Gump can be described as simple, straightforward.

  • He says what he says.

  • He means what he says.

  • There's no confusing language about what he says.

  • If he likes something, he says it, if he doesn't like it, he says he doesn't like it.

  • He's very straightforward in this way.

  • We can also say he is naive.

  • Naive is usually a character trait that we associate with children.

  • This means that they're innocent, but also maybe they are in a difficult or risky situation

  • and they think, "Everything's going to be fine.

  • Nothing bad will happen."

  • In this movie, a lot of possibly bad things can happen to Forrest Gump and he doesn't

  • really feel fear.

  • He feels like, "Okay, I'm just going to do this.

  • I'm just going to give it a try and hopefully it will be okay."

  • This is naive sense.

  • But everything good happens to him pretty much in the movie.

  • He's a very lucky guy.

  • Our second category is emotions.

  • You're going to hear a lot of words that are synonyms.

  • That means that they mean the exact same thing.

  • There are different ways to describe the same feeling.

  • In this picture, people are excited, overjoyed, ecstatic.

  • Someone is getting married, I imagine it's probably the guy in the middle with his fist

  • in the air.

  • Everyone here is having a great time.

  • We could use those three synonyms, excited, overjoyed, ecstatic to describe this picture.

  • In this picture, we see two ladies kindly listening to whatever this guy has to say.

  • We could say that they are interested in what he has to say.

  • They're curious about what he has to say.

  • They're thoughtful.

  • This means that they are thoughtfully listening.

  • It's kind to listen when other people are speaking.

  • They are thoughtful people.

  • On the other hand, we have these two people who look concerned, irritated, annoyed.

  • All three of these things mean the same thing.

  • Look at their face.

  • Neither of them are smiling.

  • Their brow is furrowed.

  • They're not talking together.

  • Yes, their arms are touching but they look like there's been some problem.

  • They're concerned, annoyed, irritated.

  • In my opinion, these two kids seem carefree, relaxed, joyful.

  • Make sure that when you're describing the emotions of kids, you don't say careless.

  • Careless and carefree seem like they should have the same meaning, but children are carefree.

  • They are free of any kind of worry, they're free of any kind of cares.

  • Hopefully that would be the ideal childhood.

  • But when you say careless, that means that you often forget something.

  • "Oh, she's so careless.

  • She always leaves her notebook at home.

  • She's careless."

  • These have quite different meanings, but in this situation, these kids seem carefree.

  • Does this guy look happy to you?

  • Not really.

  • He seems either worried, bored, or maybe he's just somewhere else.

  • When we say he is somewhere else, that means that his body is here, but his mind is thinking

  • about something else.

  • If someone says, "Wait, did you hear what I said?"

  • You say, "Oh, I'm sorry, I was somewhere else."

  • This probably means that you were thinking about another problem or what you're going

  • to do later.

  • Your mind wasn't here, it was somewhere else.

  • This guy also looks like he's got some problems.

  • We could say he looks upset.

  • He looks defeated.

  • Maybe he thought something good was going to happen and then it didn't.

  • He feels defeated, or he might simply be frustrated.

  • "Oh, I can't believe this is happening.

  • I feel frustrated."

  • He might be any of those three things.

  • Our final picture in this category emotions, these two guys look lost, confused, or baffled.

  • Baffled means they have no idea what's going on.

  • They're lost.

  • All of these things have similar meanings.

  • Maybe they're trying to walk around a new city, and they thought the bus was going to

  • come and then it didn't come or maybe it just drove right by.

  • "Huh, what?

  • Why did this happen?

  • I feel baffled.

  • I feel confused.