Do the exercises to learn words to describe people's appearance.


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Pre-intermediate: A2


Hi Rafaela1,

'oldster' is not a word in standard British or American English. There is the word 'elderly', which is used to speak of older people, e.g. 'The elderly are undervalued in modern society'.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Kirk,
Oh my god...!
By the way, I hear that the word "a senior citizen" is gaining increased attention nowadays instead of saying 'the elderly'. e.g. "The senior citizens are valued in our society." Does this sound okay? :)

Hello Rafaela1,

Yes, 'senior citizen' is a common term nowadays which is seen as more respectful that 'the elderly'.

You don't need the definite article in your sentence as you are talking about senior citizens in general, not a particular group of them:

Senior citizens are valued in our society.



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks, Peter! :)

I'm a bit fat with medium hight and short, black hair. I'm a mother, and I'm Vietnamese. Nice to meet all of you

I am a tall and thin man, I have long hair but still attached.

My daughter is very beautiful, it's true even if I'm her father and therefore not really impartial :)

I'm rather old then young but in my country there is saying "People are as old/young as they feel" and according to my feelings I am young.
I'm 169cm tall and 64kg fat, people usually say that I'm thin. I've medium dark hair and eyes.
My son is handsome, young man, 186cm tall and 84kg fat. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He runs about 10-15km every day and is in very good condition.

Let me say something about me and describe my appearance. I'm not tall, even I'm the shortest in my family. I'm 150cm and 45 kg. I think I'm slim with that proportion of height and weight. I have dark hair and dark eyes like every Asian girl. I'm very happy to join to BC team. I want to say thanks British Council for giving me chance to learn English. I really hope to communicate with everybody here.

I'm 32 and 165cm tall and weighs 62kg. I'm slim and I have dark hair.

hello, i'm 160cm tall, not tall or short, by the way, what word can i use to describe my height (medium height).
I weighs 165kg, so i think i am overweight but not fat, i am an eye-browned girl with dark hair and a fair complexion.