Responding to Visual Prompts/Describing People

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Describing people is often a subjective impression.

  1. Watch the videos.
  2. Make a mindmap and collect words you can use to decribe people.
  3. There are many possibilities to watch people: in the train, at the doctor's office or in the waiting room, in magazines - Try to describe them as exact as possible.
  4. Do the interactive exercises on the bottom of the page.

Interactive Exercises


In pictures you'll first notice the physical appearance - the looks:

almond-shaped, ambitious, arrogant, bald, beard, big, blond, blue, braid(s), brave, brown, clever, clumsy, curly, cut short, dark, dyed, egoistic, fair, freckles, friendly, fringe, glasses, green, grey, handsome, helpful, lazy, light, long, moustache, nice, noisy, overweight, pony-tail, quiet, short, shy, slim, small, straight, stupid, sturdy, talkative, tall, thick, thin, tiny, unfriendly


If you know the birthday or the exact age that's good. Otherwise you can make an educated guess:

In my opinion this man is in his thirties.

He' s about thirty years old.

Well, that's difficult to guess. He must be as old as my father.

He's thirtyish.

How old are you? - I'm nearly 18 - by birthday is next month.


Put in the correct words:

It's always good to talk about someone's hairstyle:

"Have you been to the hairdresser's? - It looks really beautiful.


Put in the correct words:


Put in the correct words:

A big woman is not only tall but also large. It's very impolite to call somebody fat because he's overweight.

If you talk about the thickness of a board you can use the adjective thick. If you say this to a man, you call him stupid!

Most young people are slim or slender, some are too skinny.