Learn useful adjectives for describing personality traits with John Lennon as a case study. Episode 3/5 in my Beatles series, with returning guest Antony Rotunno from the podcast “Glass Onion: On John Lennon”.
Hello listeners and welcome back to LEP.
Here is the next episode in my Beatles season, and this is where we look at some language too.
In this episode I’m joined again by Antony Rotunno who is a podcaster and English teacher from England. Antony’s main podcast is called Glass Onion: On John Lennon and as the title suggests it is all about John Lennon, particularly his psychology and his life story. Antony’s other podcasts are called Film Gold, a film review series and Life & Life Only which is about personal development and psychology, so Antony knows a thing or two about psychology and John Lennon, and of course as an English teacher he’s well experienced in helping learners to conquer this language of English.
In this one we’re going through a big list of adjectives which I prepared earlier. All the adjectives are words you could use to describe someone’s personality. We have loads of these adjectives, so Antony and I made a list of words which could be used to describe John Lennon. It’s an ABC in fact. Now we didn’t manage to talk about every single adjective in the list, but we certainly had a good go at them, and what you’re going to get in this episode is a sort of English lesson with John Lennon as a case study.
Here are the adjectives (I’m going to read them out)
- Consider which ones you know
- Which ones you use
- Which ones you don’t know
- Which ones you don’t use
- Word stress
Adjectives of Personality
- Abrasive, Aggressive, Ambitious, Anti-authoritarian, Anti-social, Articulate, Artistic
- Bad-tempered, Brave
- Charismatic, Charming, Contradictory, Creative, Cruel, Curious, Cutting, Cynical
- Damaged, Disobedient, Disturbed
- Egotistical, Experimental, Eccentric
- Fearless, Fragile, Funny
- Generous, Gentle, Gregarious (sometimes!)
- Headstrong, Honest
- Imaginative, Indulgent, Inquisitive, Intelligent, Inspiring, Irreverent
I’ll let you discover which ones we actually talk about in detail in this episode. The rest of the list will come up in the next part.
Also, I’ve collected a set of other expressions from this conversation, not using adjectives of personality, but just useful expressions and examples of language you could use, and I’m planning to use that set in an upcoming premium episode.
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Now, let’s consider John Lennon’s personality, things he did and said in his life and try to work out what kind of person he was, with a few useful adjectives in the process.
Links to Antony’s Podcasts
Thank you again to Antony.
We will be back in the next part of this series. I’m not sure when that’s going to arrive.
It might be the next episode, or it might arrive in a short while.
Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.
Don’t be a ninja.
If you were a ninja and then you left 1 comment, and went back to being a ninja, you’re 2nd level ninja now, ok?
1st level ninjas are the ones who never comment
2nd level ninjas are ones that commented and then disappeared
You don’t want to know what makes a 3rd level ninja.
I will speak to you soon but now it’s time to say goodbye…