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Unit 6 High flyers, 6A Vocabulary, Describing character, page 62

Exercise 1  

1 ambitious

2 cheerfulness

3 creative

4 enthusiasm

5 flexible

6 generosity

7 honest

8 idealism

9 intelligent

10 loyalty

11 mature

12 modesty

13 optimistic

14 patience

15 pessimistic

16 punctuality

17 realistic

18 self-confidence

19 serious

20 shyness

21 sociable

22 stubbornness

23 sympathetic

24 thoughtfulness


Exercise 2 

1 sense

2 common

3 skills

4 lack

5 courage

6 communicating

7 initiative

8 energy


Exercise 3  

1 pessimistic

2 a good sense of humour

3 punctual

4 honest

5 modest

6 sociable

7 courage

8 sympathetic

9 shows lots of initiative


Exercise 4 

1 cheerful, optimistic

2 intelligent, ambitious

3 serious, patient



1 My friend Andy is great company – he’s great to do things with and hang out with. This is because he’s usually in a good mood. In fact, I can’t remember the last time he was in a bad mood! He’s always smiling and making a joke about something. He tends to see the positive in every situation and usually finds something nice to say about everybody. I don’t know anybody who doesn’t like him. He’s a great friend to me, especially because I worry a lot and tend to see the negative side of life. But when I spend time with him, I always feel better after a while.

2 I’m very impressed with my sister Elise. She’s always been good at school and she’s usually at the top of the class or somewhere near it. She’s got a good brain and uses it. She understands things quickly and remembers things well. It could make her a bit lazy, but actually she’s the opposite! She works extremely hard. And she’s also very focused. She usually has a plan and she works towards it. Now she wants to go to a top university to study biology, which is a very difficult thing to achieve, but she’s determined. And I have no doubt that she will manage it. She’s not afraid to aim high and put the work in to achieve her goals. I’m going to be more like her.

3 My dad is an interesting person, although he doesn’t talk a lot and he doesn’t smile easily. But he reads a lot and thinks about things. And he takes a while before he gives you his opinion about something. But that’s OK because when he does finally express his view on a topic, then you know it’s worth listening to and you might learn something. He’s also very helpful with my homework. He’ll sit for hours explaining things to me. He never rushes me or gets annoyed if I don’t understand something. In fact, he’ll start from the beginning and go through it all again until I get it. I think he really enjoys it. 


Exercise 5 

A 2

C 1

D 3

The extra sentence is B.

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