mechanic apprentices

Would you like to learn how to describe a picture? These activities will help you to speak about what you see in a photograph, in this case a photo of people at work. Listen to someone describing the picture.


Task 1 - matching

Task 2 - comparatives

Task 3 - phrases for describing a picture

Task 4 - your turn

Now use the language you have practised to describe this photo of a different group of people at work. You could use:

  • this is a picture of...
  • you can see...
  • he / she / they’re probably...
  • he / she/ it looks as if...
  • I think this..... because...
You can use your mobile phone to record yourself speaking. Listen and record it again until you are happy.


This is a picture of three car mechanics. They’re standing in front of a car and you can see part of an engine in front of them. 

The man on the left is older than the other two men. The two younger men look as if they are in their late teens or early twenties. The young man on the right with red hair is pointing at the engine and the man in the middle is writing on a clipboard. All three of the men are wearing the same type of clothes so it’s probably a uniform.

The older man is speaking.  He looks as if he’s instructing the younger men how to do something to the car’s engine so he’s probably more experienced than the younger men. He’s probably their boss and the two younger men are apprentices. Apprentices are young people who learn how to do a job while working. Apprentices usually work more days than they study at college. 

I think this workshop is unusual because it’s modern and is cleaner than most car mechanic workshops. The men’s clothes are much cleaner than normal: most mechanics’ uniforms and hands are covered in oil from working with engines. 


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This is a picture of five cooks, one of the cook is a chef. All of them are men. They are wearing a white hat and shirt, it’s probably a uniform.

They are standing near a big stove. The stove is off. Four men are in front of the stove and we can see they are working in due. The first due who are in the left side, are very concentrate. One of them is wearing a black apron the other is wearing glasses and holding a scoop.

The second due are wearing same clothes and both holding a scoop but who is on the right side has his left hand on the big saucepan and he is smiling.

The four cooks probably are between twenty and twenty-five year old and the chef is the oldest. You can see the chef behind the stove. He is smiling and with his arms crossed in his chest. He is wearing a red scarf in his neck.

I think this picture is to some advertising company or like pictures that we take in our job with our friends. I don’t think they are in school because we can’t see papers or other school supplies, and the chef isn’t speaking with them.

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This is a picture of five cook, they're wearing a white shirt and cap its a probably a uniform. The four of them, they're mixing in the big pot, but the stove it's off two of them they're wearing an Efron and very serious to mixed it. There's a two person, they do same well but one he's smiling while he doing his job. In front of four guys their's one guy, he's a chef cook of four of them.
I think this picture is for advertising or flyers for the new big company because you can see them like to promote here own skills and knowledge and ready to teach us.

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This is a picture of a big kitchen. In this kitchen I can see a big stove, some big pans and five cooks.
All cooks are wearing a white uniform.
In the foreground the cook is older than the other. I think that he's the chef; he's smiling and he's keeping his arms folded. In the background I can see four cooks. They are working in pairs.
They're mixing food with a scoop. They look very concentrated in their job, except the cook on the right who is looking at the chef and he's smiling.