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Basic English Talking about worksheet

Talking about
Con este material podrn aprender y practicar vocabulario y
expresiones bsicas en ingls para hablar sobre el aspecto fsico y la
personalidad de una persona.
Lean con atencin las explicaciones y completen todos los ejercicios
propuestos para poner en prctica los nuevos temas. Pueden utilizar
diccionario o las herramientas recomendadas en la carpeta material
complementario de nuestra aula.
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Students name: JOHAN ALBERTO RODRIGUEZ Date: ____________

Review: to be + to have
Before completing the exercises, lets review the conjugation for these two verbs
in English.

TO BE am are is

TO HAVE have have has

TO BE am not are not is not

TO HAVE don't have dont have doesnt have

TO BE Am I? Are you? Is he?

TO HAVE Do I have? Do you have? Does she have?

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As we can see, these verbs are irregular, it means that we need to

memorize the conjugation for each personal pronoun. BUT its easy
because there are only:

2 forms for to have = have and has

3 forms for to be = am, is and are

She is Jane. She is a girl and she is 8 years old.

She has a mirror in her hands and she has a
ribbon in her hair.

He is Tim. He is a boy and he is also 8 years old.

He has a red jacket and he also has a ribbon in
his neck.

They are happy because they have a beautiful family.


As shown in the examples, we use these two verbs for

showing the existence of something or someone,

describing a reality, and also
giving the details of people or things were talking about.

Their use is very similar in Spanish and English, but not all the expressions
are the same in Spanish or English. So we need to pay attention when
we want to communicate something new.

For example: In Spanish we say our age using to have (Jane tiene 8
aos) BUT In English we use TO BE (Jane is 8 years old).

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1. To be or to have?
1.1 Complete the sentences with the correct verb and conjugation (5pts).

a) We have hungry.
b) My mom has two children.
c) It is a beautiful house.
d) Mary has 25 years old.
e) You have a dog.

1.2 Write positive or negative sentences according to your opinion or the

situation. Use to have and to be affirmative and negative forms (5pts).

a) Paris / the capital of France. Paris is the capital of France

b) I / interested in sports. Im not interested in sports.
c) Rome / in Spain. Roma is not in Spain
d) Dogs / two legs. Dogs dont have two legs.
e) Colombia / the best coffee. Colombia has the best coffee
f) My mom / pets. My mom has pets
g) A tiger / big animal. A tiger is a big animal

1.3 Complete the next questions with the correct verb and after answer them
with YOUR OWN personal information (5pts).

a) What is your name?

b) How old is you?
I am twenty-six years old
c) Where is your family from?
My family is from Ibague
d) Are you single?
No, I have a girlfriend
e) What is your profession?
My profession is police

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2. Physical description
CMO SE VEN? (apariencia fsica)

He is Sam.

He is brawny and He is Charles.

he has strong arms. He is slim. His arms
He is tall. are thin. He is tall.
Sam has short, His hair is long,
straight and fair wavy and fair.


The question what does he look like? asks us to describe the physical
features of a person. We need to talk about his or her PHYSICAL

Attention to the grammar and the use of verbs. Lets watch carefully
the sentences and look at the differences:

Sam has strong arms OR his arms are strong

(Sam tiene brazos fuertes O sus brazos son fuertes)


Charles has long, wavy and fair hair OR

his hair is long, wavy and fair
(Charles tiene cabello largo, ondulado y claro
O su cabello es largo, ondulado y claro)

As we see, we can use the verbs to be and to have for describing

physically a thing or a person. As in Spanish, it depends on what we
want to say and how we want to say it.

Keep that in mind for the next exercises

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2.1 Look up in the dictiona ry the meaning of the words in boxes.

Attention: you dont have to copy the meanings here. Write them in your own

Height (verb to be):

Tall short average height

Build (verb to be): Skin

Slim slender anorexic (medical) (verb to be or to have):
thin (negative) skinny (negative) White black dark skinned

Fat (negative) overweight Dark skin fair skin tanned skin

plump (neutral) bonny. pale skin

Hair (verb to have): Hair (verb to be):

Blonde/fair hair brown hair red hair Blonde brunette redhead

black hair grey hair. grey-head bald

Type of hair Eyes (verb to have):

(verb to have or to have):
Brown eyes dark eyes grey
Short long medium length eyes green eyes blue eyes
Straight wavy curly

Others (verb to have): Others (verb to be):

Moustache beard mole Beautiful good looking handsome -

freckle scar bags under not very good looking ugly happy
the eyes etc. sad tired sick healthy young old

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After you understand these words, choose three different images and
describe peoples physical appearance. Use the appropriate vocabulary and the
correct conjugation of verbs to be and to have (9pts).

A) B) C)

D) E) F)

Image:D Image: E Image: C

Description: Description: Description:
They are girls. The first one is He is an old man. It is short He is a child. It is fat and
of white skin, with green height and thin. He has fair has black eyes and white
eyes and wavy brown hair skin and has short hair and skin, his short height and
and has mole in his face, gray, he has black eyes has short blond hair and
has green shirt and is and has gray beard and he is eating an ice cream
happy. The second is of good looking.
white skin, redhead and
has the curled and long
hair in addition has freckles

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and this smiling and has

blue shirt

3. Peoples personality
CMO SON? (personalidad)

Charles is
pessimistic but he is
Sam is optimistic but
very intelligent. He
he is not diligent at
is a hardworking
school. He is a kind

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The question what is he like? asks us to describe the personal

features of a person. We need to talk about his or her PERSONALITY.

As we need to describe characteristics, we use adjectives with the

verb to be. For very simple sentences, we use the structure:

Charles is intelligent
Charles es inteligente

But! If we want to say something more complex, we can use:

He is a kind boy
l es un chico amable

*Remember that adjectives are always before the noun: a kind boy,
big dogs, etc. And, if we want to say several things about someone,
we can say: He is a happy, active and smart person.

Keep that in mind for the next exercises

3.1 Look up in the dictionary the meaning of the words in boxes. Attention: you
dont have to copy the meanings here. Write them in your own notebook.

Adjectives (verb to be)

Positive: polite, careful, thoughtful, generous, optimistic, patient,

courageous, cooperative, honest, compassionate, friendly, funny, forgiving,
humble, responsible, romantic, smart

Negative: rude, clumsy, lazy, selfish, pessimistic, impatient, coward, arrogant,

dishonest, evil, forgetful, envious, jealous, lonely, mischievous, pitiful, shy, sad,
disrespectful, stubborn

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After you understand these words, look at the people and describe their
personality. Write complete sentences with adjectives and the verb to be

1 5

1. He is pitiful
2. He is optimistic
3. She is cooperative
4. She is arrogant
5. She is sad

4. Talking about
Talk about a family member or a close friend. For this purpose:
1. Share a photograph of the person.
2. Answer the questions. Attention: write complete sentences, use the
grammar and vocabulary that you studied here and in the multimedia modules1

Grammar module: activities 1 5
Vocabulary module: activities 1 4
And PDF Module # 1

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3. Record your text. Use http://vocaroo.com/ (10pts).

What is his/her name?

What is his/her relationship with you? (mom, husband, friend, etc.)
How old is he/she? (age, birthday)
Where is he/she from? (nationality, country, languages)
What does he/she look like? (appearance)
What is he/she like? (personality)
What is his/her profession? (occupation, job)


Vocaroo link:

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