people waiting at a bus stop

When you describe a picture with people in it, you sometimes need words to say where the people are. These activities will help you to practise describing where people are in a queue, what they are wearing and what they are doing. Listen to the description of people standing in a queue at a bus stop.


Task 1 - describing appearance

Task 2 - describing what people are doing

Task 3 - understanding a description

Task 4 - describe a picture

Task 5 - describing a similar picture

Now use the words you learned to describe this picture.

Think about these questions to help you:

  • How many people are there in the picture?
  • Where do you think they are? Why do you think this?
  • Where are they in the queue?
  • What are they wearing?
  • Where do you think they are going?
You can use your mobile phone to record yourself speaking. Listen and record it again until you are happy.


In this photo we can see a line of people in a queue. It looks like a bus stop because there is a shelter with an advert at one end and the bus stop with the timetable at the other end. There are seven people in the queue: three women and four men. Some people are standing and two of the men are sitting under the shelter. At the front of the queue, there’s a man with short grey hair. He is wearing grey trousers, brown shoes and a beige jacket, and he has his hands in his pockets. There is a woman behind him. She is looking at the bus times. She is wearing sunglasses, a black top and jeans. The third person in the queue is a man in a grey suit and brown shoes. I think he can see a bus and he is looking to see if it is the correct number. A young man is sitting on the right in the shelter. He has got brown hair and a brown beard. He is reading a newspaper.  There is a man sitting next to him, and he is looking at the young man’s newspaper. He has grey hair, and he is wearing a black jacket and jeans.  There are two women at the back of the queue. One of the women is wearing a green coat and black trousers. The other woman at the end of the queue is wearing a black skirt and jacket. I don’t think anyone is travelling very far because no-one has any very big bags. I think some of the people are going to work. Perhaps the other people are going to the shops.


  • What do you do when you wait for a bus or a plane?
  • Do you always like to be at the front of the queue?
  • How do you feel if someone pushes in front of you?
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To be honest I am very impatient to wait in any queue. However , I feel very angry If someone passes in front of me. But I can't say anything although I feel angry.