3. Describing good and bad behaviour
The morning after Sam's party. 

Main Practice:
  words describing good and bad behaviour
Revision:             incredibly + adjective  -  calm down

argumentative  -  describes a person who strongly disagrees and argues easily 

calm down  -  telling someone to be relaxed; calm, i.e.
  • Yes, I know we've missed the flight and will be late for the meeting but
    calm down, don't get so upset, it won't help. 

charming  -  having the power to delight or attract others, i.e.
  • He was charming and very kind.
  • The house was charming, with a beautiful garden. 

considerate  -  thinking of others, i.e.
  • He's a very considerate person, always ready to help others.

show-off -  exaggerated behaviour designed to attract attention, i.e. 
She got up and danced on the table. She's such an show-off.
immigration  -   people coming to a new country to live permanently

outrageous  -  unconventional possibly offfensive behaviour, likely to
                            shock or upset people, i.e. 
  • On the plane he got drunk and threw bread rolls at people. It was outrageous behaviour. 

outspoken  -  expressing opinions directly, frankly, i.e.
She can be very outspoken, sometimes it upsets people.

(to) piss someone off  -  (slang and posssibly offensive) to annoy someone
  • He always borrows money from people in our family then never pays them back, it's beginning to really piss me off

(to) over-do something  -  to do something to excess (too much), i.e.
Whenever he *takes up something new he over-does it. He joined a gym, worked 
out for three hours every day, and now he's ill with exhaustion.

* (to) take up  -  (Phrasal Verb) to start a new hobby or activity in your life

(a) prat - (slang and potentially offensive) a silly or stupid person


The day after, the family discuss Samantha's party. Friends and relatives had a good time but not everybody behaved well.

Complete the sentences.

Tim:    What did you think of the party, Dad?

Bill:     Well, everybody had a good time, I think.

Katie:  Not quite everybody, Dad. Uncle David, as usual, was incredibly
               . Whatever Liz said he disagreed with.

Bill:      But Rose was and even managed to calm him down eventually.

Sam:     Julian was too with his stupid views on immigration. I thought he
               might upset your friend, Aya, Katie.

Katie:  No, she's cool, and too intelligent for him. It really pissed him off when
              she said, “Actually, I'm British, are you?”

Bill:      Yes, I'm afraid my brother is, at times, a prat. But I was pleased with you,
               Tim, you were very towards Grandma, making sure she had
               enough food and drink and a good view of the dancing.

Sam:     The dancing. My God, did you see Lucy trying to dance on the table.
               Absolutely .

Tim:     Yes, she can be a real . I think she the


Complete the sentences with the vocabulary you've practised.

charming  -  ouspoken  -  argumentative  -  show-off  -  outrageous  -  considerate 

1.  Oh, he's a complete , always trying to attract attention.

2.  She's a fair boss, and absolutely : everyone likes her.

3.  Well, I thought those children's behaviour in the restaurant was
     ; throwing their food at each other like that, and the
     parents not doing anything about it.

4.  He's very to his elderly neighbours, always getting their
     shopping and doing their gardens for them.

5.  As a politician he's known for his views.

6.  Oh, you can't have a conversation with her, she's so
     and never sees anyone else's point of view.