Languages › French French Vocabulary: Personality Traits Share Flipboard Email Print Sportif (athletic). Bryn Lennon/Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated February 21, 2020 How would you describe someone's personality in French? Are they nice, serious, or shy? Maybe they are patriotic or athletic. Practice this new vocabulary by describing your friends (les amis (m) or amies (f)) and family (la familie). Note: Many of the words below are linked to .wav files. Simply click on the link to listen to the pronunciation. How to Describe Someone's Personality When you are having a conversation about someone, the person you are speaking to may want to know more about them. You will hear this question: What's he like? - Comment est-il ? What's she like? - Comment elle-il ? In order to answer the question, you will need to know the French translation for common adjectives (descriptive words). The following vocabulary list includes a number of adjectives that you might choose to use and they are given in the masculine singular form. When describing someone, begin the sentence with Il / Elle est... (He / She is...) and follow up with one of the following adjectives. Many types of personality have a direct opposite or a word that is closely associated with an opposite and those are included here for comparison. He / She is... Il / Elle est... He / She is... Il / Elle est... ... athletic ... sportif ... inactive ... inactif ... brave ... courageux ... cowardly ... lâche ... cunning / sly ... malin ... honest ... honnêtte ... friendly ... amical ... unfriendly ... froid ... funny ... drôle ... serious ... sérieux ... hard-working ... travailleur ... lazy ... paresseux ... interesting ... intéressant ... boring ... ennuyeux ... kind ... gentil ... mean ... méchant ... nice ... sympathique or sympa ... unpleasant ... désagréable ... open-minded ... sans préjugés ... snobbish ... snob ... outgoing ... ouvert ... shy ... timide ... patient ... patient ... impatient ... impatient ... patriotic ... patriotique ... traitorous ... traître ... smart ... intelligent ... stupid ... stupide ... sophisticated ... raffiné ... naive ... naïf ... strong ... fort ... weak ... faible ... studious ... studieux ... playful ... taquin French Expressions About Personality If you would like to go beyond the simple description of a person's personality, use one of these common expressions. As you will note, the literal English translation can be quite fun at times. English French Literal Translation He always has his head in the clouds. Il a toujours la tête dans les nuages. He has his sights set high. Il a les dents longues. He has long teeth He's a bit awkward. Il est mal dans sa peau. He's bad in his skin. He's a glutton for movies. Il se gave des films. He force-feeds himself movies. He's a real pain in the neck! C'est un vrai casse-pieds ! He's a real foot-breaker! He's a real sucker. C'est une bonne poire. He's a good pear She doesn't wear kid gloves. Elle n'a pas la main douce. She doesn't have a soft hand. She gets on my nerves. Elle me tape sur les nerfs. She has a forked tongue. Elle a une langue de vipère. She has a snake's tongue. She has a knack for doing that. Elle a le chic pour faire ça. She has the flair for doing that. She has no shame. Elle ne sait pas ce que c'est la honte. She doesn't know what shame is. She looks down on it. Elle le voit d'un mauvais oeil. She sees it from a bad eye. She's an idiot! C'est une cloche ! She's a bell! She takes after her mother. Elle tient de sa mère. This woman tells fortunes. Cette femme dit la bonne aventure. This woman tells the good adventure. You always assume the worst. Tu penses toujours au pire. You always think of the worst. You don't mince words Tu ne mâches pas tes mots You don't chew your words You never open your mouth. Tu es muet comme une carpe. You're mute like a carp. You're always talking nonsense. Tu dis toujours des absurdités. You always say absurd things. French Vocabulary: Physical Descriptions of People French Vocabulary Lesson: Banking and Money French Vocabulary: Illnesses and Ailments 'Family' Vocabulary in French Vocabulary Lesson: French for Travelers Everything You Need to Know About the French Adverb 'Comment' French Vocabulary: At the Dentist Prepositions: Small and Mighty Words That Drive French Sentences French Vocabulary: At the Hotel French Vocabulary: Driving and Cars French Vocabulary: Jewelry and Accessories Telling Time in French How to Pronounce More Than 2,500 Words in French Beginning French Pronunciation How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb 'Permettre' ('to Allow,' 'Permit') How to Distinguish Between the French Expressions 'C'est' vs. 'Il Est'