Today we shall learn to speak what different people are like by giving details about them, which will help us to write a descriptive essay or an article



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  • DESCRIBING
  • PEOPLE

Today we shall learn to speak what different people are like by giving details about them, which will help us to write a descriptive essay or an article.

Use the following words and word combinations to complete the table and make sentences about your family members:

  • Appearance
  • Personal qualities
  • Hobbies/ interests
  • fantastic sense of humour, sailing, painting, good-looking, immature, great sense of style, scuba diving, outgoing, olive skin, curly dark hair, casual clothes, friendly, wavy hair, pale complexion, rude, lazy, pointed nose, shoulder-length hair, slim, of medium height, generous, popular, skiing, bossy, attractive, plump, rafting

When you describe someone’s personal qualities you should support your description with examples and/or justifications. Match the adjectives to their justifications and say a few words about your friends and relatives.

  • Adjectives
  • generous
  • talkative
  • energetic
  • intelligent
  • bossy
  • outgoing
  • rude
  • impatient
  • popular
  • selfish
  • well-dressed
  • Justifications
  • always buys family presents
  • always tells people what to do
  • wears smart clothes
  • isn’t polite to other people
  • does well at school
  • is very active
  • cares only about him/herself
  • never stops chatting
  • hates waiting for anything
  • is liked by everyone
  • likes to meet people and communicate with them

A Close Friend

  • Timothy have been my close friend for two years. I first meeted him on a school exchange trip to the Paris, France. I asked him the road to the library and we started talking. We are friends ever since.
  • Timothy is quite well-looking. He’s tall and slim, with olive skin and a curly dark hair. Like many French people, he has great sense of style, so he always looking well-dressed even in casual clothes.
  • Timothy is very outgoing. He has always friendly and loves to having fun. He’s got a fantastic sense of humour and he has always makes me laugh. However he can be immature at times. For example, when he don’t get what he wants, he acts childishly and stamps his feet.
  • Timothy is very keen at water sports. He likes sailing and he spends a lot of time on his boat. He enjoys scuba dive, too, and loves exploring life under the seaside.
  • All in all, I‘m glad to have Timothy like my friend. It’s a pleasant to be with him and I really enjoy him company. I’m sure we’ll always are close friends.
  • Name and when/ where/ how met
  • Personal qualities
  • Hobbies/
  • interests
  • Comments, feelings
  • Introduction
  • Main body
  • Conclusion

A descriptive essay consists of:

  • An introduction in which you give … … about the person, saying ….
  • A main body in which you describe their … .
  • A conclusion in which you write your … about the person.
  • What adjectives/phrases are used to describe Timothy?
  • Does Timothy have any negative qualities?
  • When you mention someone’s negative qualities you should use mild language (seems to, can be rather, etc)
  • !

Change the sentences using mild language

  • Paul is lazy.
  • She is immature.
  • Sue is rude.
  • Steven is bossy.
  • Liz is selfish.

The editor of your school magazine has requested articles for a special issue about friendship. You have been invited to write a short article about a close friend of yours. Write your article describing the person’s appearance, personality and hobbies.

  • The editor of your school magazine has requested articles for a special issue about friendship. You have been invited to write a short article about a close friend of yours. Write your article describing the person’s appearance, personality and hobbies.


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