Sunday, 17 June 2012


When we describe people we can speak or write about their appearance or personality. 

Human physical appearance refers to the outward observable characteristics or look of human beings. There are indefinite variations of looks. 

Personality is the particular combination of emotional, attitudinal, and behavioral response pattersn of an individual. 

Look a the list below that show the most prominent characteristics to be used when describing people.

Describing Appearance

Height Build Age
tall, tallish, short, shortish, medium height frail, stocky, slim, thin, plump, fat, skinny, well-built young, elderly, middle-aged, teenager, in 20s, 30s, 40s
Face Eyes Hair Clothes
round, oval, square, with scares, wrinkles, freckles, sun-tanned, pale big round blue eyes, large, small, bright, narrow bald, straight, curly, spiky, wavy casual, scruffy, shabby, smart, tidy, messy

Describing Character

careful, hard-working, worried, cheerful, broadminded, active, curious, secretive aggressive, tough, careless, practical, sensible, independent, strong-minded, stupid dull, boring, imaginative, ambitious, crafty, sensitive, gentle, naive generous, loyal, self-controlled, moody, trusting, modest, tolerant, friendly energetic, confident, selfish, shy, stubborn, reliable, clumsy, intelligent

 Click on the links below to practise how to describe people's appearance and personality.


Describe yourself. Write about your physical appearance and personality. You can use some descriptions in exercise 7 (Family Traits) as a guide. Write about 100-150 words or 10-15 lines. Prepare it in a separate sheet of paper to hand in. 

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