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How to Use 30 Essential Portuguese Words for Discussing Personality


People love to talk about other people, and gossiping is a great way to get to know someone (as long as it’s not malicious!). By knowing how to use a few basic Portuguese words for talking about personality, you can expand your repertoire of small talk and befriend the people around you. The best way of learning this subject is to practice conversations with a tutor.


In this post, we’ll go through 30 Portuguese words for discussing personality—15 positive and 15 not-so-positive—and look at some ways of putting them into sentences.


Positive Traits


Ambitious

Ambicioso(a)


Amusing

Divertido(a)


Calm

Calmo(a)


Dependable

De confiança


Generous

Generoso(a)


Humble

Humilde


Honest

Honesto(a)


Intelligent

Inteligente


Likable

Agradável


Loyal

Leal


Optimistic

Otimista


Respectable

Respeitoso(a)


Trustworthy

Confiável


Understanding

Compreensivo(a)


Wise

Sábio(a)


Negative Traits


Annoying

Irritante


Arrogant

Arrogante


Boring/tedious/annoying

Chato(a)


Bossy

Mandão


Cowardly

Covarde


Cruel

Cruel


Frivolous

Frívolo(a)


Insecure

Inseguro(a)


Lazy

Preguiçoso(a)


Pretentious

Pretensioso(a)


Rude

Grosseiro(a)


Spiteful

Malvado(a)


Stubborn

Teimoso(a)


Unpredictable

Imprevisível


Vain

Vaidoso(a)


Putting It into Practice

Now, let’s take a look at how some of the Portuguese words above can be used in sentences, using different tenses and constructions.


I like her because she’s honest.

Eu gosto dela porque ela é honesta.


I don’t like him because he’s arrogant.

Eu não gosto dele porque ele é arrogante.


He’s so spiteful.

Ele é tão malvado.


She’s so boring.

Ela é tão chata.


I like him, but he can be pretentious.

Eu gosto dele, mas ele pode ser pretensioso.


She’s a reliable person.

Ela é uma pessoa de confiança.


That man is very bossy.

Aquele homem é muito mandão.


That woman is so optimistic.

Aquela mulher é tão otimista.


She used to be very calm, but not anymore.

Ela era muito calma, mas hoje não mais.


I would like him, but he’s too frivolous.

Eu iria gostar dele, mas ele é muito frívolo.


Keep Learning

There are many more Portuguese words for discussing personality that you can learn, and the example sentences above are just a starting point. If you want to learn more vocabulary in this area, and enhance your general Portuguese skills, book a tutor today.

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