Views #738 | Intermediate 5

What are you like?

Matt reveals his personality by anserwing questions about character traits.

Todd: Hey, Matt, we're gonna talk about adjectives. The theme this week is adjectives, so first of all, when it comes to time, are you normally late or are you always punctual?

Matt: Always punctual.

Todd: Always punctual.

Matt: Yeah, I find it very annoying when people are late. I tend to be punctual. I follow kind of a pattern of my dad and my grandfather. My grandfather used to sit in the car for an hour before church, just sitting in the car waiting for the rest of the family to go and my father was the same way, and I used to abhor that type of behavior but actually as I've grown older I found it annoying to be late and when I'm waiting for people and they end up being late, it kind of gets under my skin so I've kind of always followed the punctual route.

Todd: OK. Thanks. OK. OK, now let's move on to money. Now would you consider yourself to be generous with money and time or stingy?

Matt: Usually stingy, because I have always been single and I've always been generous with people, like that I have loved and, you know, my family but I kind of just basically take care of myself and I've never had expendable income where I've been able to donate and give money to causes. You know I would love to do that sort of thing but I never have been able to so I've always been careful with my money and I don't take a lot, you know, to live on, and I don't have a lot of vices so.

Todd: OK, cool Matt. OK, and now let's talk about personality. Let's say if you go to a party or you're meeting people, would you say that you're outgoing or you're shy?

Matt: Generally I'm out going, depending on the alcohol involved. I'm actually kind of shy when I first enter a party like most people and I sort of seek out to find that person or that group of people that I know, but yeah, usually I'm fairly outgoing and I like talking to people and meeting new people.

Todd: OK, Matt the last one, we're talking about work or maybe just personal time. Would you say that you're lazy or that you are hard-working?

Matt: I would say I'm hard-working, mainly at work but I'm very lazy when there is nothing to do, when I have no function in life, when there is nothing going on on the weekends I tend to be very lazy and it's hard to motivate unless I've got like a strict goal that I want to achieve or something I need to do, I tend to putter around and do very little unless I'm forced to.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson



Matt says he is always punctual.

When you are 'punctual,' it means that you are always on time.

Notice the following:

  1. People who are not punctual really annoy me.
  2. I do try and be punctual, but I don't always succeed.

I follow kind of a pattern


I follow kind of a pattern of my dad and my grandfather.

If you 'follow a kind of pattern,' it means that you generally tend to do things is a similar way all of the time.

Notice the following:

  1. When I clean my house I follow a kind of pattern and this makes sure that everything gets done.
  2. I follow a kind of pattern and this keeps me on track.

I found it annoying


I found it annoying to be late.

When you 'find something annoying,' it means that it frustrates or vexes you.

Notice the following:

  1. I find it annoying when people are not loyal.
  2. I would never leave a room messy, as I find that annoying.

putter around


I tend to putter around and do very little.

When you 'putter around,' it means that you spend time doing lots of little jobs that are maybe not very important.

Notice the following:

  1. I like to putter around the garden on Sundays.
  2. One of my favorite things to do is to putter around and straighten up the house.

unless I'm forced to


Matt says he does very little "unless I'm forced to".

'Unless I'm forced to' means that you will not do something until something or someone makes you do it.

Notice the following:

  1. I don't really clean unless I'm forced to.
  2. He would never mow the lawn unless he was forced to.

Vocabulary Quiz

punctual • pattern • annoying
puttering • forced
  1. As my father gets older, he spends more time around in the yard.
  2. He doesn't usually do his homework unless he is to.
  3. Whenever I am doing something like this, I always have to follow a kind of so I don't forget anything.
  4. When you first start a new job, it is extremely important that you are .
  5. I found it really that she would tell stupid, little lies.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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