Intermediate Italian: describing people
Intermediate Italian: describing people

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Intermediate Italian: describing people

Understanding spoken physical descriptions

In this activity you will practise your listening skills.

Attività 3

Listen to the following audio clip, in which five students taking part in an online lesson describe themselves to the rest of the class. Match each person's name to the appropriate lettered drawing, according to the description given.

Ascoltate l’audio e abbinate ciascuna persona al disegno corrispondente.

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Listen to the descriptions of these five people.

1 Mi chiamo Guido. Sono magro e piuttosto alto. Ho i capelli castani lunghi e la barba.

2 Ciao. Sono Luisella. Sono bionda e ho gli occhi neri. Sono una donna di mezza età, grassa e bassa.

3 Ciao. Mi chiamo Luca. Ho quarant’anni. Sono di altezza media, circa un metro e 70, e sono robusto. Sono calvo, ma ho i baffi neri.

4 Ciao a tutti. Mi chiamo Aldo. Sono anziano, ho settant’anni. Ho i capelli bianchi corti e porto gli occhiali.

5 Buonasera, mi chiamo Luciana. Ho trent’anni e sono molto sportiva, magra e forte. Ho i capelli rossi lunghi e ricci e gli occhi azzurri.

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Using the following two lists, match each numbered item with the correct letter.

  1. Guido

  2. Luisella

  3. Luca

  4. Aldo

  5. Luciana

  • a.(a)

  • b.(d)

  • c.(c)

  • d.(b)

  • e.(e)

The correct answers are:
  • 1 = a
  • 2 = d
  • 3 = c
  • 4 = b
  • 5 = e

In the next activity, you will continue working on useful vocabulary for describing physical appearance and will learn some colloquial expressions.

Attività 4

Marina is a tour guide, but today there is an extra person in her group of tourists, someone freeloading on the excursion! Read the descriptions of the participants and match them to the pictures to find which person is not described – that's the intruder!

Marina fa la guida turistica. Nel suo gruppo di turisti c’è una persona in più, un intruso! Leggete le descrizioni dei partecipanti alla visita turistica, abbinatele alle immagini corrispondenti e scoprite l’intruso.

  • a.È alta, magra e molto bella. Ha i capelli neri, lunghi e ricci e gli occhi azzurri.
  • b.È alto, un po’ grasso, ha i capelli e gli occhi castani e porta gli occhiali. Non è molto giovane ed è sempre elegante.
  • c.È giovane, abbastanza alta, né magra né grassa, ha i capelli corti, biondi e gli occhi verdi. Porta quasi sempre i jeans.
  • d. È una persona anziana, bassa, magra e calva. Ha la barba e gli occhiali.
  • e.Non è né alta né bassa, abbastanza magra, ha i capelli neri, non è più giovane, ma ancora molto sportiva.
  • f.È alto, magro, sportivo e attraente. Ha i capelli neri non molto corti e gli occhi azzurri.
  • g.Questo/questa dev’essere l’intruso/l’intrusa!

Using the following two lists, match each numbered item with the correct letter.

  1. (f)

  2. (c)

  3. (a)

  4. (d)

  5. (b)

  6. (g)

  7. (e)

  • a.1

  • b.3

  • c.7

  • d.5

  • e.6

  • f.4

  • g.2

The correct answers are:
  • 1 = a
  • 2 = g
  • 3 = b
  • 4 = f
  • 5 = d
  • 6 = e
  • 7 = c

Who is the intruder?

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As you can see from the corrected answers, the intruder is person number 6.


calvo, -a   bald

né... né   neither ... nor

l'intruso, -a   intruder

Now describe the intruder in a sentence.

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Here is a possible answer: È alta, abbastanza magra, ha I capelli lunghi e rossi e porta gli occhiali.


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