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Describing a Picture

Describing a Picture

Look at the picture.

Read the questions.

Think about the topic.

Practice Speaking

Say these phrases aloud to your partner. He / She will help you with pronunciation.

What do you see in the picture?

There is a . . .

There’s a . . .

There are some . . .

There’re some . . .

Is there  . . .

Read the questions.

Think about the topic.

Warm Up

Can you describe a picture in English?

What words and phrases will you use?

In this lesson you will practice talking about pictures using location words and prepositions.


On the right / left

By the door

On the sofa

Near the window

In the box

Under the table


The man is _______ ing

The woman is __________ing


What is the man / woman wearing?

She / He is wearing a / some . . .


What do you think ?

I think . . .

Read the text aloud to your tutor. Your tutor will listen and provide you with feedback.

Conversation Practice

Practice the following with your tutor or partner.

1. Find a picture from a book or magazine.

Describe the picture to your partner.

For example,

In this picture, there are two boys.

They are running after a dog.

I think they will go swimming in the lake.

2. Draw a picture of a house or a room.

Describe your picture to your classmates.

For example,

On the right side of the room, there is a small table.

On top of the table, there are some books.

Next to the table, there is a tall lamp.

3. Ask questions about a picture or drawing.

For example,

What are these people doing?

I think they’re having a picnic.

What is (that) (next to the tree)?

It looks like a cow.

Talk with your tutor about this topic.

Use the expressions and vocabulary you learned.

Use the related resources below to learn more.

More Learning and Practice 

Use the following vocabulary and grammar in your conversation.


Home and Furniture


There is / There are is a common phrase in English, used to indicate that something “exists”or is in a certain location. The main subject follows the verb when there is/are is used.

There is an apple on the table.

There are some apples on the table.

Contractions are possible, especially in informal in speech.

There’s a fly in my soup.

There’re plenty of oranges left.

There’ll be a lot of people in attendance.

Common Mistakes

Lots of food on the table


Is a lot of food on the table.


Have a lot of food on the table.


It has a lot of food on the table.


There have a lot of food on the table.


There is a lot of food on the table.


Keep Learning

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