How can you describe an ordinary picture in an interesting way? In these activities, you’ll practise saying what you see as well as make up a story about the picture to bring your description alive. 


Task 1 - vocabulary from the photograph

Task 2 - making the description more interesting

Task 3 - summary of the description

Task 4 - your turn

Now you have completed all the tasks, try using the language you have learned to describe the similar picture above.

Use the transcript to help you. Don’t forget to say:

  1. Where the photograph was taken
  2. Describe the main focus. Say what you can see. Say what you think might be happening.
  3. Describe the details, e.g. in the foreground, in the background, on the left, on the right. Don’t forget to say what you think might be happening.
  4. Add a conclusion



This photograph was taken in a family home, in the dining room, and shows two adults and a little boy sitting at a dining table.

The main focus of the photograph is the man on the left hand side, who is working and the little boy on the right hand side, who is eating. In the background, on the far side of the table, there is a lady talking on the telephone. It seems like the two adults are the child’s parents. The room is clean and bright, with white walls, a window and a bookcase with lots of books in it against the far wall. There is a tall, cream lamp on the right, next to the bookcase.

The father, who is wearing a white shirt and black glasses, looks like he is working from home today; he appears to be very busy as he is looking down at his notepad and has a pen in his hand. He is not smiling so maybe he just wants to get on with his work.

I think the little boy looks about two years old and has light brown, wavy hair. He is sitting in a high chair and is wearing a white and blue stripy jumper, with a white and red bib around his neck. In front of him, there is a baby’s drinking cup, full of juice and a plate. It looks like he has finished the food on his plate and is pushing it away. He has turned away from the table so perhaps he is now bored and wants to go and play.

The mother, wearing a blue blouse, is talking to someone on the phone. She could also be working from home, and is having her lunch while she works as she has a plate in front of her. On the other hand, she could just be chatting to a friend.

Although everyone looks busy in the picture, they seem very well organised. Maybe they are working hard now so they can enjoy some free time together very soon.



  • Do you ever work from home?
  • Where do you study when you are at home?
  • Do you work at a table with your family all around you or do you prefer to go somewhere more quiet?

Write in and tell us! We’d love to hear from you!

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Hi to everyone, my name is Alex. Until today, I have never worked from home. When I study, I prefer to stay in my bedroom or in a quiet place. For example, when it's a sunny day, I like going to the beach or to a park to study. This way I can relax and keep focus for a longer time. There are times when I like to read and explain things to my little nephews. They are so curious. We usually do it at the dining table.

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I often work from home. When I do, I prefer my personal room because I like to work in quiet so that my work will yield good results.