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How to describe one’s personality in Polish? Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Culture, Phrases

Different nationalities really have different personalities. Do countries really have their own distinct personalities?

I read that when psychologists have given the same personality test to hundreds or thousands of people from different nations, they have indeed found that the average scores tend to come out differently across cultures. In other words, the average personality in one country often really is different from the average personality in another.

Crucially, these average differences in personality between nations are not the same as the stereotypes we hold. Although we tend to agree with each other about what the typical personality type is in a given country, including our own, the research suggests that our assumptions are often wide of the mark. In other words, your views on other cultures may say more about yourself and your own society, than the patchwork of personalities that actually exists across the world.

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Here is a list of different ways to describe somebody’s personality:

arrogant – arogancki

boring – nudny

bossy – apodyktyczny

brave – dzielny

brilliant – błyskotliwy

careless – nieostrożny, niedbały

caring – opiekuńczy

cheerful – radosny

clever – bystry

competitive – ambitny, skory do rywalizacji

confident – pewny siebie

crazy – szalony, zwariowany

creative – kreatywny, twórczy

cruel – okrutny

dishonest – nieuczciwy

emotional – uczuciowy

energetic – energiczny

friendly – przyjazny, życzliwy

funny – zabawny

generous – hojny

hard-working – pracowity

helpful – pomocny

honorable – honorowy

hopeless – beznadziejny

horoscope – horoskop

identity – tożsamość

independent – niezależny

intelligent – inteligentny

intriguing – intrygujący

irresponsible – nieodpowiedzialny

jealous – zazdrosny

lazy – leniwy

lively – żwawy

loyal – lojalny

lucky – mający szczęście

unlucky – nie mający szczęścia

magnetic personality – magnetyczna osobowość

modest – skromny

musical – muzykalny

nervous – nerwowy

nice – miły

optimistic – optymistyczny

outgoing – towarzyski

passionate – namiętny

pathetic – żałosny

patient – cierpliwy

personality – osobowość

pessimistic – pesymistyczny

polite – uprzejmy, grzeczny

popular (with) – popularny (wśród)

proud – dumny

punctual – punktualny

quiet – spokojny

reputation – reputacja

respected – szanowany

responsible – odpowiedzialny

romantic – romantyczny

rude – niegrzeczny

selfish – samolubny, egoistyczny

sense of humor – poczucie humoru

sensible – rozsądny

serious – poważny

shy – nieśmiały

strict – surowy

stupid – głupi

sympathetic – współczesny

talkative – gadatliwy

tolerant – tolerancyjny

unambitious – pozbawiony ambicji

unpopular (with) – niepopularny (wśród)

weak – słaby

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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.