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Describing Pictures


Describing a picture in English (Red bits added by me)
1. Show the language you know …they want to hear your gramar and specialised vocab. Use relevant words for the topic. 2. Relax with words like “Well”, “As far as I can see 3. Use prepositions 4. Use modals of possibility 5. Think of phrasals like “I can’t make out what is in the background 6. Adjectives should abound…try using comparatives more 7. Physical appearance 8. Impressions about personality/atmosphere “it looks, he seems , plus adjective 9. Join ideas with relative pronouns and keep talking with words like but, because, however, although, 1) Introduction The photo/picture shows ... It was taken by/in ... PASSIVE It's a black-and-white/coloured photo. 2) What is where? In the foreground/background you can see ... In the foreground/background there is ... In the middle/centre there are ... At the top/At the bottom there is ... On the left/right there are ... Behind/In front of ... you can see ... Between ... there is ... 3) Who is doing what? Here you decribe the persons in the picture or you say what is happening just now. Use the Present Progressive. BUT change tenses if possiblethink of saying, for example I imagine she is going to do something/she has just done something 4) What I think about the picture It seems as if ... The lady seems to ... Maybe ... I think ... ... might be a symbol of ... The atmosphere is peaceful/depressing ... I (don't) like the picture because ... It makes me think of ... It reminds me of…