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I’m an Extrovert!

Posted by on September 11, 2012

KChamp Podcast 11: ‘I’m an Extrovert!’ in Korean

When describing oneself in English, the traditional fallback terms are “extrovert” and “introvert” or their cousins, “sociable” and “antisocial.” Today we are going to take a look at how you can express those ideas in Korean.

1.
Extrovert: 외향적인 사람
Extroverted: 외향적

예문

  • A: 새 직원을 뽑는다고 들었어요. 어떤 사람을 구하세요?
  • B: 사람을 많이 상대하는 일이니까 외향적인 사람이면 좋겠어요.

2.
I would seem like the antonym of “외향적” would be “내향적,” but alas, the much more commonly used word is “내성적.”
“내향적” is however used in more clinical contexts.

Introvert: 내성적인 사람
Introverted: 내성적

Personality: 성격

  • A: 이수진 씨는 마음에 드는 사람에게 먼저 다가가는 편이에요?
  • B: 제가 좀 내성적인 성격이어서 다른 사람에게 먼저 적극적으로 다가가지 못하는 편이에요.

3.
Another good word to know is “사교적” or “sociable.”

It’s the perfect way to describe a person who makes friends easily and is a polished social butterfly.

예문

  • A: 주희가 전학한 학교에서 친구들하고 잘 지낼 수 있을까요?
  • B: 걱정 말아요. 주희는 사교적인 성격이니까 금방 잘 적응할 거예요.

4.
And last but not least is the category for the rest of us, “antisocial.”

This too, if translated directly would be “반사회적,” but that is used to describe actual political movements and policies. The word you need here is “비사교적.”

예문

  • A: 민수 씨는 처음 보는 사람하고도 참 잘 어울리는 것 같아요.
  • B: 제가 원래는 비사교적인 성격이었는데 직장에 다니면서 성격이 많이 바뀌었어요.

3 Responses to I’m an Extrovert!

  1. imsamkol

    thank you for this website that make the korean teaching program,
    it really help full to me for learn korean language.

  2. rakesh

    Maintain a dictionary english korean

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