a father playing with his child in the snow

In these activities you will learn a range of adjectives for describing a picture that has been taken outside, such as a winter scene. You will also practise the present perfect so that you can say what has happened before the photo was taken. Listen to a description of a photograph of a winter’s day.

Tasks

Task 1 - adjectives

Task 2 - true or false

Task 3 - matching sentences

Task 4 - time adverbs with present perfect

Task 5 - describing a similar picture

 Young Girl With Grandmother And Mother Building Snowman In Garden

Use the language you have learned to describe a similar picture.

Think about the following questions to help you:

  • What has already happened in the photo? What is happening now?
  • What time of day do you think it is?
  • Describe the weather, how cold you think it is and what the people are doing and wearing.
You can use your mobile phone to record yourself speaking. Listen and record it again until you are happy.

Transcript

This is a photo of a winter scene. There are two people in it and I think they are a father and his son, who have come to the park to build a snowman. They haven’t finished building the snowman yet. They have already rolled a big ball of snow for the body and have put a smaller ball of snow on top, which will be the snowman’s head. The father has just bent down to get more snow. I think he wants to make the body a bit bigger. The little boy is pointing so maybe he’s giving his dad instructions for where to put the snow. Or maybe he’s thinking about where to find sticks for the snowman’s arms, or stones for its eyes. They haven’t put a hat or scarf on the snowman yet and they still need to make its face.

It doesn’t seem to have snowed recently because the snow isn’t completely smooth. It also looks as if like other people have walked across it. The snow is still quite white and soft and hasn’t started to melt yet. I think it is late afternoon because of the long shadows. The sun has already melted the snow on the bare branches of the tall trees. It looks like it is a sunny, chilly day because the sky is so clear and blue. They have both come out wearing warm winter clothes and woolly hats and the father is wearing black gloves. However, I don’t think they are freezing cold because the boy has taken his mittens off and his dad has his coat undone. It might be the first time that the little boy has ever seen the snow. His dad looks happy to be out with him and they both seem very involved in their game of building a snowman.

Comments

  • Do you like the snow?
  • What do you like to do when it snows?
  • What do you wear in very cold weather?
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hello december , xmas is coming and snow falling down .i living in vietnam . as u know , vietnam is there no have snow . Just saw them on the TV . I really like snow , i wish i can make snowman when it snows . Its cold and cold , i like wear long jacket and boot .

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This is a picture of a winter scene with fresh snow. There are two adults, two kids and a snowman. They have already finished the snowman and they look very happy with that. I think the action is happening at noon because the sun is shining. I don't think outside is very cold because we can see outside a little baby and a young girl who is not wearing a hat. In this picture I think they are a grandmother with her daughter and her two grandchildren, a little boy and a girl. On the right of the snowman we can see the mother who is wearing a blue comfort, gray hat and she's holding her baby boy in her arms. The little baby is clothed with a red hat and pink comfort. The young girl is sitting back to the snowman and is dressed in a red jacket, pink comfort and gloves, blue trousers and she looks very happy about finishing the snowman. On the left, we can see the grandmother who is wearing a pink jacket, black gloves and she is very amused about how the snowman looks with the brown hat and red comfort.

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Snow is one of the fantastic gifts of winter.

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In this photo I can see a winter scene. Probably it is an afternoon of January or December because everything is covered by smooth snow.
In this picture I can see four people: two children and two women. On the right the woman is holding in her arms her little boy. I think that the girl in the middle is her daughter. The woman on the left could be the grandmother. She is building a snowman with her nephew.
They are very happy with their masterpiece and the grandmother is dressing the snowman with a red scarf and a hat.
This looks very funny.