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Intermediate Italian: describing people
Intermediate Italian: describing people

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Describing physical characteristics

In this activity you will work on the vocabulary and structures you will need for describing people, and practise the vocabulary you have just learned.

Attività 2

Look at the image and decide whether the statements are true, false or whether the drawing does not provide the necessary information to understand if they are true or false.

Guardate l’immagine e decidete se le affermazioni sono vere, false o se il disegno non dà le informazioni necessarie per capire se sono vere o false.

Described image
Figure 3

1 John ha i capelli ricci.

a. 

Vero


b. 

Falso


c. 

Forse


The correct answer is c.

2 Ha i baffi.

a. 

Vero


b. 

Falso


c. 

Forse


The correct answer is a.

3 Ha la barba.

a. 

Vero


b. 

Falso


c. 

Forse


The correct answer is c.

4 Non porta gli occhiali.

a. 

Vero


b. 

Falso


c. 

Forse


The correct answer is b.

5 Ha i baffi biondi.

a. 

Vero


b. 

Falso


c. 

Forse


The correct answer is b.

6 Ha gli occhi neri.

a. 

Vero


b. 

Falso


c. 

Forse


The correct answer is a.

7 È molto grasso.

a. 

Vero


b. 

Falso


c. 

Forse


The correct answer is c.

Box 1 Describing physical characteristics

To describe someone’s physical characteristics, you generally use the verb essere with an appropriate adjective (or adjectives).

Marco è calvo.

Marco is bald.

Giovanni è grosso.

Giovanni is big.

Teresa è magra.

Teresa is slim.

Sara è attraente e sportiva.

Sara is attractive and sporty.

To describe someone’s physical characteristics you can also use avere followed by a noun.

Dario ha la barba e i baffi.

Dario has a beard and a moustache.

Stefania ha gli occhi castani.

Stefania has brown eyes.

Finally, to describe what someone is wearing, use portare followed by a noun.

Renzo porta spesso una giacca verde.

Renzo often wears a green jacket.

Dario porta gli occhiali.

Dario wears glasses.

Sofia porta sempre i capelli raccolti.

Sofia always has her hair tied back.