FCE Vocabulary: Vocabulary Building (3)

How to describe people is the topic of this week’s vocabulary building exercise for the FCE exam. In particular, we are going to look at adjectives describing physical appearance.

Would you be able to answer if the examiner asked you the following questions on the Speaking exam?

  • Can you describe the people in this picture?
  • Can you describe some of your friends and say why you like them?
  • Can you describe somebody you don’t like and say why?

FCE Vocabulary: Improve Your Writing

Or, would you be able to write an article about a person on the second part of the FCE Writing paper? Remember, as most students go for the easy options (the letter or email), it is easier to achieve a good mark if you try a more adventurous option.

However, you need to make sure that you actually know how to do this type of exercise and that you know enough good vocabulary.

As always, start by writing down your answers and then analyse them:

  • Are the sentences grammatically correct?
  • Is the vocabulary extensive enough?
  • Can you improve your answers?

Many students would write or say something like this:

  • He has a thin face and is losing some of his hair.
  • He has a lot of muscles.
  • He is tallish.

By using a more sophisticated vocabulary, your phrases could look something like this:

  • He is thin-faced and has a receding hairline. However, he is not completely bald yet.
  • He is quite well-built, some would even say very muscular.
  • He is quite tall, I would say above average height.

Here is an interactive exercise on the people’s appearance which we hope you enjoy.

If you would like to do some more exercises like this, you can find more FCE vocabulary building exercises here: FCE Vocabulary.

If you would like to put your vocabulary into practice, why not try out one of our FREE FCE Practice Test for the FCE Reading Paper, including Use of English.

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