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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
Which characteristic most likely causes all the rest?

Which word also means "sans nobility"?

Which verb is means "to tell people how great you or your things are"?

Which two words have similar meanings?

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96 Comments on “English Vocabulary – Negative Characteristics – arrogant, vain, snob…”

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i hope undrstand u nerly

Wednesday, August 17th 2011

i really love your lessons and i want a lesson about “idioms describing people”

Wednesday, August 17th 2011

wonderful , now I got 5 new vocabs from u teacher
Thx , I feel exotic evertime when I wacth yr vid . Lovin yr teaching style :)
Keep it on

Thursday, August 18th 2011

waht is the qouthsen!!

Thursday, August 18th 2011

ty sir james for ur wonderful lesson on very difficult words and telling us the differences between this ty

Thursday, August 18th 2011

James, thank you for the lesson! Such confusing words, especially the adjectives. But thank you for the explanation!

Thursday, August 18th 2011

A wonderful site! Came across it accidentally in the net and just loved it. You guys are doing a great job. Thanks a lot!

On more note on the lesson. The word snob actually has 2 adjective forms: snobby (the one that James mentioned) and snobbish. They are all the same, just different forms.Don’t consider my comment too snobbish… or snobby…))

Thursday, August 18th 2011

    of course! there are a lot of people who didn’t know about snobby/snobbish. I didn’t know they have the same meaning. I knew only snobbish before, now i know both. Thank you.

    Saturday, August 27th 2011

Hi, your explanations for the words are interesting. I have a question. Is “cocky” the same as “vain”?

Thursday, August 18th 2011

    Well, I’m not the James, but I’m pretty sure it’s not the same thing though they are a bit alike. Cocky is quite informal. It’s more close to ”arrogant” I think.

    ”Don’t get cocky… One won game doesn’t mean anything” <== A perfect example of how it could be used in a sentence.

    Also, great avatar! :D

    Wednesday, November 2nd 2011

My son and I really enjoyed and we learned as well as were entertained. It was great!

Thursday, August 18th 2011

Thank you .

Thursday, August 18th 2011

Hello James,
great lesson once again…I’m looking forward to the next one!
May I ask you a question? It is not really on (about?) the subject of this lesson but it is something that I came across while I was doing the quiz:
I don’t understand the structure of this question:
“Which verb is means… etc…etc..” (Why “is means” and not “means” OR does “means” in this case mean something different?). Thank you.

Thursday, August 18th 2011

    Same thing here. But it is most likely an error.

    Wednesday, November 2nd 2011

pleeez….i dont understand clearly …could you give us a transcript !!!!????

Thursday, August 18th 2011

James you are the best

Thursday, August 18th 2011

Thanks man, nice work..

Thursday, August 18th 2011

Thanks alot..

Thursday, August 18th 2011

Good topic and explanation!!!

Thursday, August 18th 2011

That was so great!

Thursday, August 18th 2011

Well explained the meanings of interrelated words. Thank you


Friday, August 19th 2011

Valen lessons lessons is super. Valen please contact on my mail id.

Friday, August 19th 2011

thanks my teacher ^^

Friday, August 19th 2011


Friday, August 19th 2011

James you’re a excellent teacher.
I really believe that I’m going to learn a lot here.
You guys do a amazing job .

Friday, August 19th 2011

I also believe that many people sometimes had been arrogant, snob,brag, conceit while they were living their life but they also learned a lesson at the end of the road:)

Friday, August 19th 2011

Thank you very much for your lesson. I really enjoyed your teaching style. The lesson was clear, entertaining and humourus. I will always remember your teaching.Please,keep up this masterpiece of a work.


Saturday, August 20th 2011

Great video! Very interesting explanation! Thank you. And… you could be a little vain because you look really good!! :-)

Saturday, August 20th 2011

reallly nice,thnxxx,n u know mah parents coll me arrogant(nakchari),haha

Sunday, August 21st 2011

Thanks to have people like James u are great.Despite that english is my second language,I learn a lot from this website.You doing a great job with youe colleagues.I will be asking a number question sin future.
Good day.

Sunday, August 21st 2011

Great lesson, James. I’d like to say that these etymology features like “sans nobilite” or the ones in your Word Pyramid series which shed light on the English word-building are very helpful. Keep up the good teaching :)

Sunday, August 21st 2011

thanks for the great lesson

Sunday, August 21st 2011

I really was confused about these related words but now it’s crystal clear

Sunday, August 21st 2011

You are super cool…man. I am big fan of your lessons.

The way you teaches…it directly injects to mind.

hope to see more classes from you…


Monday, August 22nd 2011

hi james, can you teach about “meaning of keep and how to use that word” please?

Tuesday, August 23rd 2011

your lesson is very good

Tuesday, August 23rd 2011

James , I think africans need you in schools.

Thursday, August 25th 2011

your Matter is good but funny style of teaching may deviate student’s mind from subject.

Thursday, August 25th 2011

Very helpful. Thank you, Engvid and James.
Repost with clarifications here: http://engtek.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/english-vocabularynegative-characteristics/

Saturday, August 27th 2011

    Thanks Danon. Very useful additions to James’s lessons.

    Sunday, August 28th 2011

Create a forum! :) I think it’s about time.

Saturday, August 27th 2011

    We want to do it properly, so that it is useful to you. We had a forum in the past, but no one used it.

    Sunday, August 28th 2011

i want phrases wards and idioms

Sunday, August 28th 2011

You have done a great job. You are clear in your explanations, professional, and fun. Keep up with the good work. My twitter account is @Dawg_Houston I’d love to share some ideas and be helped by y’all.

Sunday, August 28th 2011

very good lesson. I understood almost all lesson but not all maybe because you talk pretty fast or maybe because I’m learning recently.

Monday, August 29th 2011

Hi James, I love your explanation about the origin of the word “snob”! But tell me, did you meet someone in particular who inspired you this lesson ?!

Wednesday, August 31st 2011

thank james, your lesson is very helpful and funny

Wednesday, August 31st 2011

thanks a lot !!!

Wednesday, August 31st 2011

Dear James, thank you so much.
Warm greetings from Peru.

Wednesday, September 7th 2011

This is wonderful, for my first time on ques and I score 3 out of 4. You are doing great job man and I like your explanation with jogs which makes me to lough haha haha

Friday, September 16th 2011

nice lesson, thanks for improving my vocabulary skills ^_^

Friday, September 23rd 2011

Hi n tnx.
how can I download the lessons plz??
who knows????!!!!

Wednesday, October 5th 2011

come on man, I am taking IELTS tomorrow and I cant stop looking at you

Friday, October 7th 2011

correction: I cant stop listening you
so I,ll blame you for not scoring 8.

Friday, October 7th 2011

It seems he was talking about Maradona and all his characteristics… ;-)

Sunday, October 23rd 2011

    Really?Why are you said that?

    Saturday, October 29th 2011

      Hi!! I said that because all those characteristics belong to him. I don’t deny he WAS an excellent football player, but as a person, a human being, he is not the best model to follow. Unfortunately here in Argentina, many people seem to adore him.

      Sunday, October 30th 2011

Dear James, thank you so much.
u r realy a good teacher with intersting lesson.i am trying learn engligh with u .taaaaaank u man.

Sunday, October 30th 2011

GREAT ! You are so funny ! Thank you very much for the lesson.

Friday, November 4th 2011

    hi. I need a person to talk to.With voice

    Monday, October 22nd 2012

I really liked your lesson.Those words caused me a lot of problem, but not anymore. Would you please teach me the difference between “naughty” and “mischievous”?

Thanks. See you soon.

Tuesday, November 22nd 2011

You really rock buddy. Great way of teaching. Keep going.

Wednesday, December 21st 2011

Dear all teachers:
Your classes are perfect. I am looking to get classes about word roots to improve my vocab because I have GRE exam.

Saturday, January 7th 2012

Your classes are fantabulous .

Friday, February 10th 2012

you’re awesome!! thank you

Saturday, March 31st 2012

Thank you :)

Friday, April 6th 2012

You really have a way with words, Mr. James. You can simply make people understand complex & confusing words and showing their relations to each other.
Your subtle humors keep us attentive to the lesson and prevent mind wanderings (hehe..I often do that during my school days).
So, I guess, by getting compliments from your viewers, I hope you will not turn out to becoming a vain person and display arrogance and bragging to people about your good ability to the point of becoming a snob.
How’s that? (hehe..)
Do you think I learned something?

Thanks for the lesson. Remain an awesome teacher that you are.

Sunday, April 22nd 2012

Hello james how are you ? i hope you’r doing well;please i want you email or gmail in order to ask you same question so this is gmail:achgarmohamed85@gmail.com please answer me if you see my message Thanks in advance.

Wednesday, April 25th 2012

great!! teacher thanks a lot ;)

Monday, May 7th 2012

Thank you, James, for that wonderful lessons! Love it!

Saturday, May 26th 2012

hi!I have a question.
Is “vain” similar to “lame” too?
How common is that to use “vain” instead of “lame”?
can you also help me with the usage of “as in”?
many thanks!

Saturday, June 2nd 2012


I have a question.

If someone is not handsome in real, and he humorously says or tells people ” Hey, i think I’m pretty handsome “.

So, what could be d best word to describe this person; vain@conceited or should i just say: ” you’re saying ridiculous ” instead??

For those who know the answer, you are very much welcome to comment.
10Q in advance.


Monday, July 2nd 2012

its funny……….awesome lesson

Sunday, August 12th 2012


Sunday, October 21st 2012

I hope i could use this words correctly.

Monday, October 29th 2012

great James, especially about the meaning of word snob, you really may catch everyone’s attention, thank you one more time :)

Monday, December 3rd 2012

great lesson.I got 100 !

Friday, December 7th 2012


Thursday, February 28th 2013

Dear Teacher!
It is very good words That I have learned.

with respect,

Tuesday, March 26th 2013


Friday, July 26th 2013

Thanx very much for the gift as a website, keep it up

Thursday, August 15th 2013

Thank you! I can’t stop watching your videos.

Wednesday, September 25th 2013

One more time, I thank you !

Tuesday, October 15th 2013

James, I mostly understand all your lessons, sometimes your speak a little bit fast, or include some slung, which I like. I was wondering if all the teachers could include a transcription of their videos.
You are doing a great job.
Thank you

Thursday, November 28th 2013


Friday, July 11th 2014

yeahhh 100 %

Saturday, August 16th 2014

Great lesson James! Is there a Part 2 of this lesson? perhaps the Positive Characteristic.
what is the title?
Thanks a lot!

Sunday, October 19th 2014

My favorite teacher :-) I learn a lot from you and enjoy listening to your lessons a lot ,almost performing a show like a showman, cheers

Thursday, March 12th 2015

hi guys, I have the best teacher ever…yeah, your teachers are nothing, zero, naught, ha-ha.

Ok, it is not true, but anyway, you are really a good one:), thanks this lesson too.

Wednesday, May 27th 2015

How you explain the meaning of theses words is amazing. Very helpful! Thanks a lot.

Monday, March 14th 2016

Thanks to your lesson I learned two new words – conceited and to brag)

Tuesday, May 17th 2016

Thank you to your lesson I really like it.

Thursday, September 15th 2016

It’s clear than vanity summarises all other characteristics in a negative sense like snobbishness but I didn’t think so, then I failed this question, now I have to listen again the lesson to learn better these concepts. Thanks a lot, teacher James Greer from Engvid, it was an interesting lesson.

Tuesday, January 31st 2017

Great lesson James.


Sunday, December 10th 2017

Thanks James! Good explanation!

Sunday, July 15th 2018

You got 4 correct out of 4.

Tuesday, August 14th 2018

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