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  • Hi, there, and welcome back to engVid.

  • Today we are looking at 25 words that can be used to describe people.

  • This video is mainly for those at the beginning of their journey learning English; but,

  • of course, you may just pick up a few new words if you're an intermediate, too.

  • So, these are predominantly adjectives.

  • Okay?

  • And what we are going to be doing is seeing whether they say a good thing about someone

  • or a bad thing about someone.

  • Okay.

  • So, if it says a good thing about someone, we'll put a smiley face; if it puts a bad

  • impression about someone, we'll put an unhappy face.

  • First word: "huge".

  • Now, do you think it would be good to be called "huge"?

  • If you're a guy?

  • If you're a girl?

  • It probably depends.

  • Most guys want to go to the gym and get really big; but many girls, the sort of stereotypical

  • perceived body perfection is slightly smaller.

  • So, I will put...

  • Say it to a guy; not a girl.

  • "Agile".

  • "Agile" means that you are graceful.

  • If you think of the animal, the deer, it moves very gracefully.

  • So, "agile", I think that's a positive thing to say to someone.

  • "Feeble".

  • "Feeble" means weak; pathetic.

  • No one wants to be called "feeble".

  • If I was going to describe someone as feeble, I would say: "The Liverpool football player

  • was feeble in their effort to stop the goal."

  • "Tasteful".

  • "Full" means full of; you have a lot of it.

  • "Taste" means being able to choose good things; having good taste in art, in music, in food,

  • in clothes.

  • Okay?

  • If you're tasteful, it means you make good decisions.

  • Obviously we want to be described as being tasteful.

  • "Slight" means small.

  • Okay?

  • So, "slight" sounds like we're not very important; we're just sort of a bit small.

  • We don't want to be called "slight".

  • "Dishevelled".

  • "Dishevelled".

  • This means messy.

  • Okay?

  • Unorganized; a bit chaotic.

  • We don't want to be called "dishevelled".

  • "Grubby".

  • "Grubby" is another word for dirty.

  • Generally, people don't want to be described as being dirty.

  • "Unkempt".

  • "Unkempt", so the prefix "un" means not; "kempt" means looked after.

  • So, if you are unkempt, we get the idea that maybe the person has not washed for some time,

  • they haven't brushed their teeth, their clothes are falling apart.

  • So, we don't want to be unkempt.

  • Grease.

  • "Greasy", "greasy".

  • Maybe you have seen "Greased Lightning", the song from the hit Grease.

  • So, "Greased Lightning", the car is really slick and it's all kind of new, and it's going

  • to impress everyone.

  • But if we're applying grease to a person, it's not such a good thing.

  • We don't want kind of petrol and things in our...

  • In our hair.

  • We don't want our skin to be greasy.

  • So, this has two meanings: "Greasy" in terms of sort of hair and skin, but also "greasy"

  • means we don't really trust that person; they're a little bit suspicious.

  • "Bonny".

  • "Bonny" generally is applied to a baby.

  • You would say: "That's a bonny baby."

  • It means: Good-looking; looks healthy.

  • "Attractive".

  • Okay?

  • If we're attracted to something, we want to go towards it.

  • Yeah?

  • We want people to like us, we want to...

  • We want to be attract-...

  • Attractive.

  • "Exquisite" - one of my favourite words.

  • "Exquisite" means sort of near perfection, just absolutely fantastic.

  • Of course, we all want to be exquisite.

  • "Youthful".

  • Again, the suffix: "ful" meaning full of; "youth", young, full of young energy, lots

  • of...

  • You know, really playful.

  • Thing of Tigger from Winnie-the-Pooh who goes boinging over trees and things.

  • "Youthful" is fun.

  • You want to be fun.

  • "Fresh".

  • So, "fresh"...

  • "Fresh as a daisy", you say.

  • We feel fresh when we have had a shower in the morning; we're ready for the day.

  • Yes, we want to be fresh; we don't want to be all tired.

  • So, "fresh" - good.

  • "Gorgeous".

  • Another way of saying "beautiful".

  • Yeah, it's...

  • It's...

  • It's...

  • Again, you would say it to someone you find attractive.

  • Rath-...

  • So, you wouldn't describe a friend as being gorgeous.

  • "Radiant", this means shining.

  • Okay?

  • "The light was radiant."

  • The person is...

  • So, it's as if they seem to give off an energy, a good energy, then they are radiant.

  • "Scrawny".

  • The idea I get here is all sort of bones and not very much flesh on the person.

  • So, "scrawny" - just bones.

  • We don't want to be just bones.

  • "Moody".

  • Okay?

  • So we can see the word "mood".

  • We've got three main emotions: Joy, sad...

  • And what?

  • Angry or...

  • And anger.

  • Okay?

  • "Moody" is looking at the two ones of sort of anger and sadness; they're more filled

  • with perhaps anger than they are moody.

  • Not such fun to be around.

  • "Gloomy".

  • I don't know if you know Winnie-the-Pooh; seem to be talking about it a lot in today's

  • lesson, but Eeyore is the gloomy, the rather sad donkey.

  • Okay?

  • "Life's not very good."

  • Gloomy Eeyore.

  • "Plump".

  • There aren't many girls who would like to be described as plump, so don't call them

  • that.

  • Okay.

  • "Plump" means a little bit fat.

  • "Smart".

  • Two meanings, here.

  • First of all, you could say that someone is smart, meaning that they are clever or intelligent.

  • Also, it can describe their clothes; they dress in a smart manner.

  • It means they look good; they don't look messy.

  • Quite the opposite of being "dishevelled", so that is a positive.

  • "Uncouth", this is about bad manners.

  • If someone has bad manners, they are "uncouth".

  • "Uncouth" - bad manners.

  • "Clumsy".

  • "Clumsy" is when you sort of knock things over, shoelaces undone...

  • Yeah.

  • "Clumsy", quite the opposite of...

  • Can you spot the word?

  • It's the opposite of in the top row, somewhere over here - the opposite of "agile".

  • "Cheerful".

  • "Full" of "cheer".

  • So, "cheer" means sort of happiness, full of happiness.

  • Good fun.

  • "Immaculate".

  • "Immaculate" means sort of perfect.

  • Okay?

  • So, up to you whether you think that's good or bad.

  • It's certainly probab-...

  • I would say it's more positive than negative; the negative being that it might be a slight

  • pain, that person, but that's just my opinion.

  • What I want you to do now is I want you to think of a person to describe.

  • Okay?

  • So think of someone, just could be anyone; a good friend, family.

  • Okay?

  • Jot it down on a piece of paper, and then pick five of these words to describe them.

  • Which ones would you use?

  • Just have a quick look.

  • Does it build a picture of them?

  • I hope so.

  • Why not revise these words now by doing today's quiz?

  • And I'll see ya in the next video.

  • Until next time, stay well.

Hi, there, and welcome back to engVid.

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語彙力を高める:人を表す25の形容詞 (Improve Your Vocabulary: 25 English adjectives to describe people)

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