Whenever you meet new people, you will find differences in their basic personalities. Some people are open and warm, whilst others may be more aloof and quiet. It’s, therefore, a good idea to know how to talk about these differences in Chinese to help you join in conversations.

In this Podcast, you will learn:

1) Different adjectives to describe people’s personalities

2) How to use the Chinese adverb “very” to emphasise someone’s personality

Chinese words and phrases you will learn in this Podcast:

1) 你真好:You are so nice

2) 你真坏:You are so bad

3) 好人/坏人:Good person/Bad person

4) 随和:Easy going

5) 耐心:Patient

6) 生气:Angry

7) 爱生气:Bad temper, easy to get angry

8) 固执:Stubborn

9) 热情:Warm and enthusiastic

10) 友好:Friendly

11) 他很有热情: He has lots of passion

12) 他很热情:He is very warm and enthusiastic

13) 冷漠: Cold, indifferent

14) 聪明:Intelligent and Smart

15) 努力:Hard-working

16) 笨:Not clever

17) 我很笨,但我很努力:I am not very clever, but I am very hard-working

18) 乐观:Optimistic 19)

悲观:Pessimistic

Grammar notes:

1) 很 is very popular adverb in Chinese and means “very”. When you describe and wish to emphasise someone’s personality, you can use it in your sentence. 他很随和:He is very easy going. 他很努力:He is very hard working.

2) If you want to describe some in a negative way, for example, 他很冷漠:He is very cold/indifferent, you can also say: 他不热情:He is not very warm

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Narrated by Song Liu

Our Podcast narrator, is a native Chinese speaker and is originally from Beijing, China and is keen to help you get ahead with learning. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Song also hosted a Mandarin live call-in news and music radio show in the Bay Area.