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Describing People - English Vocabulary For Describing People

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In this extra learning lesson, we will learn in detail about the words and phrases you use while describing people.

Narration

Ramona: When you are describing people, you should describe how they look, color of their eyes, how tall or short they are or what kind of clothes they are wearing.

Brad: Yes, if you have to identify a person, you need to describe his/her physical features, but a person is more than how he/she looks. You must also learn to describe this person’s behavior, preferences, clothing, etc.

Ramona: At the very basic level you can describe how a person looks by using adjectives that describe the body type. For example: He is tall, he is thin, she is short, he is fat, she is obese, she is slim, he is of average build. These are some basic attributes for body types.

Brad : Do remember that some words are not considered polite, especially if you are describing what some may consider negative characteristics. For example, instead of saying ‘she is fat,’ you can say ‘she’s a little overweight’.

Ramona : You could also say ‘he’s on the heavy side’. Try to avoid discussing the weight of people before them because many people are conscious about their weight.

Brad : Apart from body type, the second most important thing that people describe is the face. You can describe the various features of the face like:

Brad : He has long ears. She has small eyes and big eyebrows. Her nose is very long. She has full lips and crooked teeth. He has blue eyes. Frankly describing the face is not easy and there are a number of things you can say about the face.

Ramona : Let’s start from the forehead. A forehead is often described as broad, narrow or prominent.

Brad : The eyebrows can be bushy or sparse. Sometimes they are also described as full, as in she has full eyebrows.

Ramona : The eyes are a very important part of the face. You can describe the eye color, like she has blue eyes or he has brown eyes. The shape of the eyes is also important. For example, he has large eyes, her eyes are small. She has doe-like eyes with full eyelashes.

Brad : The common words used to describe the nose are: narrow, wide, long, short, snub, big, small, upturned and hooked.

Ramona : The ears are usually described as small or big. The lips can be full or narrow and the mouth can be big, small, or wide.

Brad : Wow! Describing people is really hard work, but if you know all these words you can describe them to a fair degree.

Ramona : That’s right! Don’t forget to view our original lesson and to practice with it.

Common Words For Body Type

Tall
Short
Big
Small
Fat
Obese
Lean
Slim
Thin
Lanky
Well-built
Muscular
Average-build
Overweight

Describing a Face

Forehead
Wide
Narrow
Prominent

Eyebrows

Big
Bushy
Sparse
Full

Eyes

Blue, Brown, Green, Gray
Big
Small
Large
Tiny

Nose

Long
Short
Wide
Narrow
Snub
Hooked
Hawkish

Ears

Large
Small

Lips

Narrow
Full


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