How to Describe a Picture in English – Spoken English Lesson


In this lesson, you can learn how to describe a picture in English.
Describing a picture is useful in many English exams; you need to describe images in English for exams like FCE, TOEIC or PTE. Do you have an exam coming up? Get study advice from a professional teacher here:
It’s also a good way to practise your general English skills. Take an interesting picture, and try to describe it in English. You can practise your speaking and learn some new English vocabulary!
In this lesson, you can learn how to describe a picture in English in clear, detailed language. We’ll show you how to build an answer step-by-step.

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1. How to Summarise What You See 0:48
2. How to Describe Where Things Are 2:38
3. Adding Detail to Your Description 4:37
4. Speculating About the Picture 7:08
5. Speculating About the Context of the Picture 10:15
6. Making a Longer Answer 12:06

This lesson will help you:
– Learn how to make a summary of what you see.
– Use more detail when you describe a picture in English.
– Understand how to explain where things are in the picture.
– Learn how to speculate, or make assumptions, when describing a picture.
– Make guesses about the context of a picture.
– Create longer answers when you describe a picture in English.

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A big thank you to the Alphabet translation team from Syria for the Arabic captions!


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  1. My name is Yoshikage Kira. I'm 33 years old. My house is in the northeast section of Morioh, where all the villas are, and I am not married. I work as an employee for the Kame Yu department stores, and I get home every day by 8 PM at the latest. I don't smoke, but I occasionally drink. I'm in bed by 11 PM, and make sure I get eight hours of sleep, no matter what. After having a glass of warm milk and doing about twenty minutes of stretches before going to bed, I usually have no problems sleeping until morning. Just like a baby, I wake up without any fatigue or stress in the morning. I was told there were no issues at my last check-up. I'm trying to explain that I'm a person who wishes to live a very quiet life. I take care not to trouble myself with any enemies, like winning and losing, that would cause me to lose sleep at night. That is how I deal with society, and I know that is what brings me happiness. Although, if I were to fight I wouldn't lose to anyone.

  2. In the picture there are two young ladies sitting close to each other and drinking coffee. It seems they are on a street coffee shop. Perhaps they are intimate friends interacting with each other and having fun.

  3. The picture shows an upset couple sitting and drinking coffee in front of each other around the dinner table. It seems they have quarreled over spouse relationship problems, for not only they don't have warm and intimate communication, but also don't look at each other.

  4. There are two young girls taking a snak. On the table we can see two bottles with straws, a beautiful flower bunch and some plate. It might be winter because two girls are wearing scarfs to protect from the cold. They seems so happy so they may be close friends. I suppose the place might be cafe. Because there few peoples walking in the area closely. However we can’t identify other faces here hence except from the front image others are blurry.

  5. In the picture i can see two best friends drinking coffee in a cafe. At the background we can see a lot of people walking on the street
    In the front of the picture we can see a table with two water bottles, a sandwich, and some flowers.
    It looks like it's winter because the womens are wearing sweaters and scarfs.
    I think that they didn't see each other for a long time because they look very exciting and happy while speak.

  6. The picture shows two girls in the middle sitting next to each other sharing breakfast, they look like they are having fun. In the foreground, there are some breakie stuff like cups and bottle of water .
    I supposed they are sharing a gossip because the girl on the right looks surprised about something that her friend is telling her.

  7. The picture shows a couple in the morning, and they are sitting in a small comfortable table. In the background, there are some art frames, in the green wall, also a long mirror in the corner. In the table, there are house items such as cups and plates. Also, the couple is dressing comfortable clothes like a sweatshirt and they look unhappy. In addition, the woman was sitting and her drinking coffee and the man, was drinking a coffee, but he was paying attention in the two cookies in the table.

  8. We see two girls in the picture taking coffee together. They are sitting at the table where we also see two bottles of water and some red flowers. I suppose the right girl invited the other girl to tell her good news. At the moment of the picture was token, the girl from the left side was surprised with annoucement. They are happy and celebrating. This picture might be taken in a city, in a street with some stores and coffee shops. Behind the girls we see some people walking and looking for something, maybe a place to sit and eat. We also see people talking and relaxing.


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