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Describing a picture

on December 2, 2015

For the oral test you will have to describe a picture in English in pairs. Here are some structures you can use for this oral test taken from the British Council website.

What is in the picture?

In the picture I can see …
There
s / There are …
There isn’t a … / There aren’t any …

Say what is happening with the present continuous

The man is …ing
The people are …ing
It’s raining.

Where in the picture?

At the top/bottom of the picture …
In the middle of the picture …
On the left/right of the picture …
next to    near
in front of    in the background   in foreground

behind
near
in the background / in the foreground
under

If something isn’t clear

It looks like a …
It might be a …
He could be …ing
Maybe it’s a …

Comparing and contrasting pictures

  1. Both… and…/ … and… both
  2. The common theme is …
  3. …, whereas…
  4. …, but…
  5. …. In contrast,…
  6. Unlike…,….
  7. A/ One difference/ similarity (which stands out) is…
  8. One thing that… and… have in common is…
  9. One of the (few) similarities/ differences between… and… is…
  10. Another/ An additional difference/ similarity (which is instantly apparent) is…
  11. The most obvious/ important/ apparent similarity/ difference (for me) between… and… is…
  12. A striking similarity/ difference is…
  13. … and… are (quite/ very/ really/ really quite) similar/ different, for example…
  14. … and…. are (quite/ very/ really/ really quite) similar/ different in terms of…
  15. … is different/ similar, in that …
  16. … and… have a lot in common, for example…
  17. … and… don’t have much in common, but…
  18. There are more similarities than differences between… and… For instance,…
  19. The main similarity/ difference between… and… is…
  20. The only difference/ similarity between… that I can see is…
  21. In comparison to…,…
  22. Compared to…,…
  23. A/ One contrast between… and… is that…
  24. … is (slightly/ a bit/ somewhat/ quite a lot/ a great deal/ substantially/ a lot/ much/ far/ much much/ far far) … er/ more… than
  25. …. In a similar way,…
  26. Contrasting… and…,…
  27. The most apparent difference/ similarity between… and… is…
  28. … and… share…
  29. A more subtle difference is…
  30. … differs from… in that …

Click here to see a video from the Bristish Council.

Here is a listening from Elllo website.
photos
Here is another website to practise describing a picture.
describe2

 

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