77 Shyness


Listen to six people talk about whether they are shy.

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Katia, Mexico
speakerAm I shy? I'm not sure. Sometimes I am shy. Sometimes I am not shy, so I think it depends on the situation. If it's people that I know, if it's people I don't know. So am I shy? Sometimes, yes. Sometimes, no.

Jeff, Canada
speakerAm I shy? Absolutely not. I think I'm not a shy person but there's a difference between things like public speaking and shyness, but no, I'm not shy.

Fred, Canada
speakerAm I shy? That's an interesting question. No, I'm not going to say to "no". I'm not going to say 'yes', I think I might be in between. I enjoy talking to people very much but also at the same time, I could consider myself to be a reserved person. I like to talk about other people's things, not so much about my things.

Shibika, India
speakerI don't think... I don't think I'm a shy person. I 'm open. I like interacting with people and I like making friends so I don't think I'm a shy person.

Sabriya, Oman
speakerNo, I'm not a shy person. I like meeting new people. I like speaking to people. I like making friends and socializing. I can do that.

Lupe, United States / Mexico
speakerAm I shy? No, I don't think I'm shy, or I think maybe it depends on the occasion, where I'm at, and who I'm with. For the most part, I think I'm really outgoing. I love meeting new people and I love talking to someone I just met because it anything it gives you more to talk about. You can ask more questions because you don't know much about the person. There are certain times when maybe I'm just not in the mood to talk to someone, so I tend to be a little quiet, but I don't think that that really makes me a shy person, so for the most part, I don't think I'm shy.

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shy

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Am I shy?

When we are 'shy,' that means we are not comfortable meeting new people. A shy person is timid in many situations. Notice the following:

  1. My son is very shy with strangers.
  2. She's a shy, quiet girl.

a reserved person

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I'm a a reserved person.

Someone who is 'reserved' is quiet and does not often express opinions or feelings with others.  Notice the following:

  1. My boss is never reserved during office meetings.
  2. I was shy and reserved as a kid.

interacting with people

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I like interacting with people.

People who 'interact' talk, work, study, or socialize with each other.  Notice the following:

  1. My job includes interacting with people.
  2. She hates interacting with customers.

socializing

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I like making friends and socializing.

When we 'socialize' it means we spend our free time with other people.  The word is a bit formal. Notice the following:

  1. Her busy job leaves little time for socializing.
  2. I usually socialize on weekends.

not in the mood

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I'm not in the mood to talk.

Our mood is how we feel.  If we are in a bad mood, our feeling is negative.  We often use the phrase 'not in the mood' when we don't want to do something.  Notice the following:

  1. I'm not in the mood to study.
  2. I love Japanese food, but I'm not in the mood for it.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
shy • reserved • interacting
socialize • in the mood
  1. We with many famous people as a part of our job.
  2. I don't know if I'm to see a movie right now.
  3. She is very when she meets someone for the first time.
  4. It's impossible to know what she's thinking because she's always so .
  5. She has lived in many different countries, so she has experience with people from other cultures.