PEOPLEDISCRIBING PEOPLE
DESCRIBING PEOPLE PHYSICAL APPEARANCE CHARACTER (PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS)
DESCRIBING PEOPLE   When describing people your composition needs to be well  organised. The composition should have an ...
Physical appearance  When describing physical appearance   you should give details in the following   order:    a. height...
a. height / build /age   When referring to one’s height people may be     short, medium height ,tall, small (if it refers...
b. facial features   These kind of features refer to:     - the shape of the: face (round, oval, square…)                ...
Types of faces   There are seven basic face    shapes: round, oval, oblong,    base-down triangle, base-up    triangle, d...
Oblong, base-up triangle & base-down                   triangle   Oblong    The oblong face is longer than    it is wide ...
diamond&square   Diamond    Diamond-shaped faces are    narrow at the eye line and    jawline, and cheekbones are    ofte...
c.hair    Short curly brown hair                 straight long blond hair   When referring to someone’s hair the adjectiv...
haircuts and styles   Depending on the haircuts and    styling people might choose to    wear their hair:     -parting   ...
d. clothes &special features When speaking of somebody’s  clothes one may find in  appropriate to place the person’s  clo...
Character (personality)   When describing character and behaviour, support your    description with examples:        e.g....
Note When you describe someone for official  purposes (e.g. a police report) you  emphasize the physical features and try...
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  1. 1. PEOPLEDISCRIBING PEOPLE
  2. 2. DESCRIBING PEOPLE PHYSICAL APPEARANCE CHARACTER (PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS)
  3. 3. DESCRIBING PEOPLE When describing people your composition needs to be well organised. The composition should have an introductory paragraph where you briefly set the scene ( name, time / place where you met / saw him or her…) , a main body consisting of two or more paragraphs describing physical appearance, personality characteristics and hobbies / interests /everyday activities and a final paragraph which summarizes your feelings about the person described. Each paragraph starts a new topic. Paragraphs should be well developed and linked together with a variety of linking words.
  4. 4. Physical appearance When describing physical appearance you should give details in the following order: a. height / build / age b. facial features c. hair d. clothesone should move from the most general adjectives to the most specific ones.E.g. Angelina Jolie is a tall slim woman. She has got a square face, blue eyes and an upturned nose. She wears her long black hair loose. In every day life she is often casually dressed in a blouse or T-shirt and jeans.
  5. 5. a. height / build /age When referring to one’s height people may be short, medium height ,tall, small (if it refers to children) When referring to one’s build people may be: thin, slim, well-built (muscular), plump, overweight When speaking of physical appearance according to age people may fall under the following headings: young ( child, teenager), middle – aged, old
  6. 6. b. facial features These kind of features refer to: - the shape of the: face (round, oval, square…) eyes (slanting, almond – shaped) nose (crooked, upturned, curved) lips (thin, full) - complexion: tanned ,pale, wrinkled, freckled, - special features: beard, moustache
  7. 7. Types of faces There are seven basic face shapes: round, oval, oblong, base-down triangle, base-up triangle, diamond and square. Round A round face has curvilinear lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angle Oval The oval face is considered to be the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions.
  8. 8. Oblong, base-up triangle & base-down triangle Oblong The oblong face is longer than it is wide and has a long straight cheek line and sometimes a longish nose. Base-Down Triangle The triangular face has a narrow forehead that widens at the cheek and chin areas. Base-Up Triangle This face has a very wide top third and small bottom third
  9. 9. diamond&square Diamond Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the eye line and jawline, and cheekbones are often high and dramatic. This is the rarest face shape. Square A square face has a strong jaw line and a broad forehead, plus the width and length are in the same proportions.
  10. 10. c.hair Short curly brown hair straight long blond hair When referring to someone’s hair the adjectives describing it should be placed in the following order: dimension, aspect, colour
  11. 11. haircuts and styles Depending on the haircuts and styling people might choose to wear their hair: -parting -in a ponytail -spikey -bobbed
  12. 12. d. clothes &special features When speaking of somebody’s clothes one may find in appropriate to place the person’s clothes under the name of a certain style, such as: -elegant -formal - casual Regarding the special features of a person one might notice: - tatoos - moles -physical disabilities
  13. 13. Character (personality) When describing character and behaviour, support your description with examples: e.g. Tom is very reserved. He never talks about his feelings. If you want to describe negative qualities is advisable to use mild language: e.g. ”He can be aggressive at times.” is better than saying “He is aggressive”
  14. 14. Note When you describe someone for official purposes (e.g. a police report) you emphasize the physical features and try to give the most accurate description possible. When you write a letter to recommend someone for a job you only write about his / her personality characteristics.
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