Vocabulary Activities

Personality adjectives - Crossword

Listen to the vocabulary, pronounce the words, memorize the list. Then, write the translation in English for the clues in Spanish. (Note that there are no spaces between the words in the crossword below.) Then press "Check" to check your answers.
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snowflake - (delicadito como un copo de nieve) a derogatory slang term for "special" people who are over-emotional, easily offended and unable to deal with opposing opinions. The snowflake was offended by the violent language in the literature homework.
upset - (afectado, molesto) to become unhappy, disappointed and/or worried. He was really upset by his neighbour's behaviour.
pushy - (agresivo, insistente) excessively or unpleasantly self-assertive or ambitious. Salesmen tend to be a little pushy.
high achiever - (triunfador) somebody who succeeds in reaching objectives very often. The high achiever went from success to success.
pamper - (mimar, consentir) to treat someone like they're special and give them whatever they want. Harry Potter's cousin was pampered and given 36 Christmas presents every year.
trouble - (problemas y dificultades) problems or difficulties. If you don't work on this problem a little every day, you'll just store up trouble for the future.
behave - (comportarse) to act in a particular way. Behave yourselves while I'm at the supermarket, children!
indolent - (indolente) showing disinterest, lack of effort and laziness. The indolent man lived only to eat, drink and watch TV.
illiterate - (analfabeto) inability to read and write. Who is more to blame if students are illiterate, the education systems or the students themselves?
persistent - (persistente) the ability to continue doing something despite the difficulties. Modern resistant bacterial infections can be quite persistent.
muddler - (incapaz) a person who creates disorganized messes. Mr Bean and Inspector Clouseau are two infamous muddlers.
negligible - (insignificante) insignificant. The economy of the lower classes has made negligible progress in the last 10 years.
hampered - (obstaculizada, dificultado) to make someone's work, movement or progress difficult. My muddler boss hampered my progress on every project. (past simple)
unassertive - (poco asertivo) not having a confident and extroverted personality. Unassertive people tend to have more difficulties achieving anything in life.
projection - (proyección de sonido) ability to make a sound heard at a distance. Stage actors must develop their projection or they'll soon be unemployed.
handicapped - (discapacitado) "disabled" is probably a better term to describe someone with a disability. If I were seriously handicapped, I'd buy a superfast electric wheelchair.
quarrelsome - (pendenciero) of a person who always argues or disagrees with everyone. It's stereotypical of elderly people in films for them to get quarrelsome.
disapproval - (desaprobación) having a negative opinion of a person, or their actions. Perfectionist teachers tend to show their disapproval of at least half of any class.
idle - (inactivo, desocupado) of a lazy person who avoids work. A young man idle, an old man needy. (That's an old proverb.)
pity - (lástima, pena) a feeling of sadness caused by the problems of others. It's a pity those poor people weren't better students.


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