Describing People's Appearance (2022)

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Describe a Classmate ESL Describing Appearance Activity - Vocabulary and Writing: Table Completion, Writing and Reading a Paragraph, Guessing - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes Describing People Lesson ESL Describing People Lesson - Vocabulary, Reading and Writing Exercises: Writing Sentences, Gap-fill, Writing and Drawing Descriptions - Speaking Activities: Describing, Guessing - Pair work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 60 minutes Describing People's Appearance ESL Describing People Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes Pen Friend ESL Describing Appearance Activity - Vocabulary and Writing: Sentence Completion - Group work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes Appearance Crossword ESL Appearance Adjectives Activity - Vocabulary: Writing and Giving Clues, Guessing - Group and Pair work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes Appearance Practice ESL Appearance Worksheet - Vocabulary Exercises: Categorising, Gap-fill, Drawing, Writing Sentences from Prompts, Unscrambling - Speaking Activity: Describing, Drawing - Pair work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes Describe and Draw ESL Describing Appearance Activity - Speaking: Describing, Drawing - Pair work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes Describing Someone ESL Describing People Worksheet - Vocabulary and Writing Exercises: Vocabulary Search, Matching, Gap-fill, Writing a Description - Intermediate (B1) - 60 minutes Let's face it! ESL Describing Appearance Activity - Speaking: Describing, Identifying - Pair work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes Partners in Crime ESL Describing People Activity - Speaking: Information Gap, Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Identifying - Pair work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes Who am I? ESL Describing Appearance Game - Speaking: Asking Questions, Identifying - Pair work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes ESL Essentials eBook Series LATEST FREERESOURCES LATEST MEMBER RESOURCES FAQs Videos
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Describe a Classmate

ESL Describing Appearance Activity - Vocabulary and Writing: Table Completion, Writing and Reading a Paragraph, Guessing - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this describing physical appearance activity, students describe a classmate's appearance and the class tries to guess who it is. Students secretly choose a classmate to describe. Students then tick the boxes on the worksheet that describe the classmate's height, build, eye colour, hair and clothes. Next, students use the information on the worksheet to write a description of their classmate's appearance. When the students have finished, they take it in turns to read their descriptions to the class who guess which student is being described.

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Describing People Lesson

ESL Describing People Lesson - Vocabulary, Reading and Writing Exercises: Writing Sentences, Gap-fill, Writing and Drawing Descriptions - Speaking Activities: Describing, Guessing - Pair work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 60 minutes

This free describing appearance lesson helps to teach students how to describe people's appearance and clothing. Students begin by learning how to use the verb to beto describe height, body build and age. Students then practice the language by writing descriptions of people. After that, students learn how to use haveand hasto describe hair colour, hair length and facial features. Students then describe people from the worksheet using have and has. Next, students learn how to describe what someone is wearing and then they write about what they are wearing now and what they wore yesterday. Students then describe pictures of two people and complete gap-fill exercises to consolidate the language from the lesson. Students then move on to describe themselves and a secret classmate. Next, students read their descriptions aloud and the class tries to guess who is being described. Finally, students read descriptions and draw pictures of three thieves.

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Describing People's Appearance

ESL Describing People Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

This describing appearance worksheet can be used to help students practice describing someone's build, height, hair and eyes. Students also practice writing sentences with bothto talk about two people's similar appearance. Students start by reading how to describe people's appearance and using the information to identify and correct mistakes in sentences describing students. Next, students match descriptions to people. In the last exercise, students write sentences using bothto describe one thing that is true for two people's appearance.

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Pen Friend

ESL Describing Appearance Activity - Vocabulary and Writing: Sentence Completion - Group work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this light-hearted describing people activity, students invent a person and write a letter to a pen friend as that person, describing their height, weight, facial features, clothing and general appearance. First, students invent a name and age for the person writing the letter. Students then complete the first sentence with the information, fold the letter so that the sentence is hidden, and pass it to the person on their right. After that, students invent the next piece of information about the person's appearance and complete the second sentence, folding and passing the paper as before. This process is repeated until all the sentences have been completed. When the students have finished, they unfold their letter and read it aloud to the group. This is their new pen friend! The letters should make an entertaining read. Students can then use the same worksheet to write a reply to their new pen friend.

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Appearance Crossword

ESL Appearance Adjectives Activity - Vocabulary: Writing and Giving Clues, Guessing - Group and Pair work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this fun describing appearance crossword activity, students describe and guess words and adjectives related to physical appearance. In two groups, students invent and write down clues for the physical appearance words written on their crossword. Students then pair up with someone from the other group and take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of their missing words. Their partner reads out the clue for that word and the other student tries to guess what it is. If the student guesses the word successfully, they write it on their crossword. If not, their partner continues to give more clues until the student is able to guess the word. When the students have finished, they check their spelling by comparing crosswords.

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Appearance Practice

ESL Appearance Worksheet - Vocabulary Exercises: Categorising, Gap-fill, Drawing, Writing Sentences from Prompts, Unscrambling - Speaking Activity: Describing, Drawing - Pair work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this describing people worksheet, students learn vocabulary for describing appearance and practice describing and drawing people. First, students put appearance words into four categories and see if they can add more words to each category. Next, students complete descriptions of two people using words from the first exercise and then draw pictures of them. Students then write sentences about their own appearance using the four categories. Students then move on to put words in the correct order to form questions, asking about someone's appearance. Lastly, students draw a picture of a person and then ask a partner about the person they have drawn using the questions. Students then draw the person from their partner's answers and compare drawings.

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Describe and Draw

ESL Describing Appearance Activity - Speaking: Describing, Drawing - Pair work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

Here is an engaging describing people activity to help students practice describing people's physical appearance, clothing and body posture. In pairs, students take it in turns to describe people on their worksheet to their partner who listens carefully and draws the people. Afterwards, students compare pictures to check they have drawn the people correctly.

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Describing Someone

ESL Describing People Worksheet - Vocabulary and Writing Exercises: Vocabulary Search, Matching, Gap-fill, Writing a Description - Intermediate (B1) - 60 minutes

In this describing people worksheet, students practice adjectives for describing someone's appearance, personality and character. To start, students write adjectives to describe someone's physical appearance, according to certain categories, e.g. height, build, etc. They do this by looking up adjectives they already know in a dictionary and writing down any new synonyms or antonyms they find. For example, if the category was build, students might look up the adjective slim and write down the synonym slender. Students then look up ten adjectives to describe someone's personality and character in a dictionary and write down synonyms or antonyms of the adjectives on the worksheet. Next, students match sentence halves together that describe physical appearance. After that, students use adjectives from Exercise B to complete sentences that describe personality and character. Finally, students think of someone they know well and write a paragraph describing them. Students write about the person's appearance, personality and character using the adjectives from the worksheet.

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Let's face it!

ESL Describing Appearance Activity - Speaking: Describing, Identifying - Pair work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

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In this free describing physical appearance activity, students match names to faces by giving and listening to descriptions of people's facial features and hair. In pairs, students take it in turns to name and describe the people on their worksheet for their partner to identify, talking about the person's facial features, hair colour, hair type, hairstyle, facial hair and age. Their partner's task is to listen carefully and identify the person on their worksheet, labelling the picture with the correct name. Their partner then checks they have the correct person by asking questions, e.g. 'Does Samuel have wavy hair?' Afterwards, students compare their worksheets to check their answers.

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ESL Describing People Activity - Speaking: Information Gap, Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Identifying - Pair work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this describing appearance information gap activity, students ask questions about people's physical appearance in order to solve a crime puzzle. In pairs, students take it in turns to ask their partner questions about various people's appearance in order to complete the missing information about the criminals in their chart. When the students have completed their charts, they read the crime clues and physical descriptions in the chart and decide which criminal stole each item, writing the name of the person next to the item that they stole.

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Who am I?

ESL Describing Appearance Game - Speaking: Asking Questions, Identifying - Pair work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this describing people game, students ask yes/no questions about appearance in order to find out their secret identity. In pairs, one student picks a person at random from the character sheet and writes the character's name on a piece of paper, keeping it hidden from their partner. Their partner then has to find out who they are by asking yes/no questions, e.g. 'Am I a woman?' 'Do I have long hair?' Etc. The other student replies yes or no accordingly. Each time the student asks a question, they score one point. When the student thinks they know who they are, they ask a yes/no question using the character's name, e.g. 'Am I Olivia?' Students continue taking it in turns to play until they have been five characters. The student with the least amount of points at the end of the game wins.

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FAQs

How do you describe a person's appearance? ›

To describe a person's physical appearance, start with general information like hair color and length, approximate height and weight, gender, and age range. Then, get more specific by describing features like the eyes, nose, and mouth, and don't forget to include distinctive characteristics like visible tattoos.

How can I write about my appearance? ›

10 Tips for Writing Physical Descriptions of Your Characters
  1. You don't always have to be specific. ...
  2. Use figurative language. ...
  3. Describe facial expressions. ...
  4. Make the descriptions match the tone. ...
  5. Scatter physical descriptions throughout the prose. ...
  6. Describe actions that reveal physical characteristics.
23 Jun 2014

What are 5 adjectives to describe a person? ›

Positive Adjectives
AdaptableCourageousNeat
CompassionateFriendlyReliable
ConscientiousFunnyReserved
ConsiderateGenerousResourceful
ConvivialGentleRomantic
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27 Jan 2022

What is a good way to describe someone? ›

10 expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing:
  • Warm-hearted / friendly.
  • Good-looking.
  • Hard-working.
  • Bright.
  • Generous / Kind.
  • Full of energy / energetic.
  • Thoughtful / Considerate.
  • Easy-going.

What are 20 describing words? ›

20 Describing Words That Are Commonly Used in English
AmazingInterestingCharming
KindlySincerelyLovingly
UsuallyCommonlyNormally
TerriblyRemarkablySignificantly
AbsolutelyHappyDelightful

What is example of appearance? ›

Examples of appearance in a Sentence

The general appearance of the house is quite good. The museum restored the painting to its original appearance. lotions that improve your skin's appearance and texture. You shouldn't judge a man by his appearance. Have you noticed any changes in her appearance?

What are the types of physical appearance? ›

Your physical features are your height, weight, size, shape or another bodily characteristic. These also include facial features, hair, scarring and birthmarks. Physical features may also include include piercings, tattoos or body modifications.

What is appearance short answer? ›

1. the act or an instance of appearing, as to the eye, before the public, etc. 2. the outward or visible aspect of a person or thing.

How would you describe a girl's appearance? ›

Focus on things like their color and shape. For example, "Her eyes are almond-shaped and very dark brown." When describing her whole face, you might say something like, "She has a wide, round face with a pointed chin. Her eyes are big and greyish-green, with dark eyelashes.

How do you describe someone in 100 words? ›

Top 100 Words to Describe Someone
  • Anxious.
  • Naughty.
  • Stubborn.
  • Sensitive.
  • Intelligent.
  • Nice.
  • Emotional.
  • Bad-tempered.

What are 5 positive words? ›

Positive Words Vocabulary List
  • absolutely. accepted. acclaimed. accomplish. ...
  • beaming. beautiful. believe. beneficial. ...
  • calm. celebrated. certain. champ. ...
  • dazzling. delight. delightful. distinguished. ...
  • earnest. easy. ecstatic. effective. ...
  • fabulous. fair. familiar. famous. ...
  • generous. genius. genuine. giving. ...
  • handsome. happy. harmonious. healing.

How do you describe someone in a paragraph? ›

Describing a Person. Start your paragraph with a general topic sentence that introduces the person. A succinct introduction sentence at the start of your paragraph will help catch the reader's attention and shift their focus to the person you're about to describe.

How do you describe someone in 50 words? ›

Let's now have a look at these adjectives to describe people and their characters with positive vibes:
  • Adaptable.
  • Adventurous.
  • Amarous.
  • diligent.
  • Humble.
  • Courageous.
  • Efficient.
  • Enchanting.
10 Jun 2019

What are 50 adjectives examples? ›

Top 50 adjectives in English
1. AbleHaving what is required (e.g., money or skills) to do something When I was young, I was able to stand on my head.
2. AngryBeing very annoyed or upset If I'm late for class again, the teacher is going to be angry.
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15 Apr 2021

What are 10 describing words? ›

These are some other descriptive words you might find fun:
  • Beautiful.
  • Ugly.
  • Smart.
  • Clever.
  • Gorgeous.
  • Friendly.
  • Happy.
  • Sad.
20 Dec 2021

How would you describe someone's personality essay? ›

Just close your eyes and analyze each part of this person. Look for vivid epithets, metaphors, and idioms to make your text alive. If he or she has a big scar on his or her face, you can describe the origin of this great sign. This story can describe the character of your subject as well.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words? ›

Example answers for "Describe yourself in 3 words"
  • "I'd describe myself as driven, communicative and reliable. ...
  • "I'm organized, patient and helpful. ...
  • "First, I'm passionate. ...
  • "The first word I'd use to describe myself is approachable. ...
  • "Enthusiastic, confident and friendly are three words I'd pick to describe myself.
3 Jan 2022

How do you describe a girl? ›

The adjectives which can be used to describe a girl are cute, beautiful, beloved, sensible, gentle, brave, pretty, etc.

What is a good appearance? ›

1 having admirable, pleasing, superior, or positive qualities; not negative, bad or mediocre.

What's a word for physical appearance? ›

“Even men who couldn't care less about physical appearance all worry about their performance in the sack.”
...
What is another word for physical appearance?
physiognomyclock
countenancedial
facefeatures
lookvisage
mugphiz
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Why is your appearance important? ›

A positive personal appearance is a fast, effective way to boost self-confidence and overcome anxiety regarding ability or acceptance. When you appear attractively dressed and groomed, personally authentic, and appropriate for the occasion, you feel more comfortable, confident, capable, cooperative and productive.

What are the physical qualities? ›

There are four basic physical qualities or abilities (BPA): Strength, Resistance, Speed and Flexibility.

What are 5 examples of traits? ›

These five primary personality traits are extraversion (also often spelled extroversion), agreeableness, openness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism.

What describes the physical characteristics of an individual? ›

Phenotype refers to the observable physical characteristics of an individual or an organism. Height, skin colour, eye colour are few of the examples of the phenotype.

Is the appearance of an individual? ›

A phenotype can be defined as the composite of an organism's observable characteristics or traits, such as its morphology, development, biochemical or physiological properties, phenology, behavior and products of behavior.

What is the meaning of general appearance? ›

Primary tabs. A general appearance is made when a party first comes into court and appears in the case. The party may come for any reason that recognizes the authority of the court.

What is the use of appearance? ›

"You have an attractive appearance." "Her clothing gives her a unique appearance." "The external appearance of the car is old and dirty." "We should pay attention to our personal appearance."

How do you describe beauty in writing? ›

Good-looking handsome; beautiful; attractive; pleasing in appearance. Gorgeous very beautiful or magnificent; wonderful; delightful. Graceful characterized by beauty of style, shape or execution. Grand rich; wonderful; highly pleasing; highly important; principal; superior in quality; extraordinarily good.

How do you describe beauty? ›

Some common synonyms of beautiful are comely, fair, handsome, lovely, and pretty. While all these words mean "exciting sensuous or aesthetic pleasure," beautiful applies to whatever excites the keenest of pleasure to the senses and stirs emotion through the senses.

How do you write a beautiful description? ›

How To Write Descriptions And Create A Sense Of Place
  1. Start Early. ...
  2. Be Specific. ...
  3. Be Selective With Your Descriptive Details. ...
  4. Write For All The Senses. ...
  5. Get Place And Action Working Together. ...
  6. Use Unfamiliar Locations. ...
  7. Use Place To Create Foreshadowing. ...
  8. Think About Your Words – Nouns And Adjectives.

How do you describe a beautiful woman's body? ›

Comely: pleasing and wholesome in appearance; attractive. Conspicuous: attracting notice or attention. Curvy: pleasantly shaped body. Cute: attractive; adorable; pretty.

How do you describe a beautiful girl in a paragraph? ›

2. She had saccharine sweet lips.
...
She wore kidult clothes in an offbeat way.
  • She had a shapely figure. FIGURE.
  • It was imp-thin. BODY.
  • She was wasp-waisted. WAIST.
  • She had glossy skin. COMPLEXION.
  • She had slender eyebrows. EYEBROWS.
  • Her eyelashes were velvety. EYELASHES.
  • She had sea-nymph ears. EARS.
  • She had a dainty nose. NOSE.
22 Nov 2012

How would you describe a beautiful girl in one sentence? ›

So just to help you out we have come up with some really good adjectives that would be defining a beautiful woman.
  • Cute. The most common word that we hear for all girls and women. ...
  • Adorable. ...
  • Attractive. ...
  • Exquisite. ...
  • Radiant. ...
  • Fox. ...
  • Pretty. ...
  • Gorgeous.

How would you describe a girl's appearance? ›

Focus on things like their color and shape. For example, "Her eyes are almond-shaped and very dark brown." When describing her whole face, you might say something like, "She has a wide, round face with a pointed chin. Her eyes are big and greyish-green, with dark eyelashes.

What word means physical appearance? ›

A person's facial features or expression, especially when regarded as indicative of character or ethnic origin. physiognomy. clock. countenance. dial.

How do you describe beauty in writing? ›

Good-looking handsome; beautiful; attractive; pleasing in appearance. Gorgeous very beautiful or magnificent; wonderful; delightful. Graceful characterized by beauty of style, shape or execution. Grand rich; wonderful; highly pleasing; highly important; principal; superior in quality; extraordinarily good.

How do you describe beauty? ›

Some common synonyms of beautiful are comely, fair, handsome, lovely, and pretty. While all these words mean "exciting sensuous or aesthetic pleasure," beautiful applies to whatever excites the keenest of pleasure to the senses and stirs emotion through the senses.

How do you write a beautiful description? ›

How To Write Descriptions And Create A Sense Of Place
  1. Start Early. ...
  2. Be Specific. ...
  3. Be Selective With Your Descriptive Details. ...
  4. Write For All The Senses. ...
  5. Get Place And Action Working Together. ...
  6. Use Unfamiliar Locations. ...
  7. Use Place To Create Foreshadowing. ...
  8. Think About Your Words – Nouns And Adjectives.

Why physical appearance is important? ›

Appearance Enhances Your Personality

Your physical appearance is one of the first things that people notice about you and it greatly affects your personality. A person who takes care of their appearance is generally considered to be more pleasant and approachable than those who do not.

What is how someone looks called? ›

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Does appearance really matter? ›

Appearance does matter as it is one of the most important optics that creates our impression of people around us. The other attributes that build perceptions are, your actions (walk the talk), your body language and your ways of conversing.

How do you describe a beautiful woman's body? ›

Comely: pleasing and wholesome in appearance; attractive. Conspicuous: attracting notice or attention. Curvy: pleasantly shaped body. Cute: attractive; adorable; pretty.

How do you describe a beautiful girl in a paragraph? ›

2. She had saccharine sweet lips.
...
She wore kidult clothes in an offbeat way.
  • She had a shapely figure. FIGURE.
  • It was imp-thin. BODY.
  • She was wasp-waisted. WAIST.
  • She had glossy skin. COMPLEXION.
  • She had slender eyebrows. EYEBROWS.
  • Her eyelashes were velvety. EYELASHES.
  • She had sea-nymph ears. EARS.
  • She had a dainty nose. NOSE.
22 Nov 2012

How would you describe a beautiful girl in one sentence? ›

So just to help you out we have come up with some really good adjectives that would be defining a beautiful woman.
  • Cute. The most common word that we hear for all girls and women. ...
  • Adorable. ...
  • Attractive. ...
  • Exquisite. ...
  • Radiant. ...
  • Fox. ...
  • Pretty. ...
  • Gorgeous.

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