Contents Theme: Describing people Function ： identifying people; describing appearance 1 2
Foreword As an old proverb goes: don't judge a person by his appearance, people always turn their backs upon those who pay much attention to appearance. However, it is also important and practical sometimes, especially when it comes to get acquainted with someone unfamiliar, to introduce your friends and to evaluate them. Therefore, let us learn how to describe a person from all-round perspective.
How do we Chinese describe a people? “ 两弯似蹙非蹙罥烟眉，一双似泣 非泣含露目。态生两靥之愁，娇 袭一身之病。泪光点点，娇喘微 微。娴静似娇花照水，行动如弱 柳扶风。心较比干多一窍，病如 西子胜三分。 ” " 面若中秋之月，色如春晓之花 ，鬓若刀裁，眉如墨画，面如桃 瓣，目若秋波。虽怒时而若笑， 即嗔视而有情 ” ；面如敷粉，唇 若施脂，转盼多情，语言常笑。 天然一段风韵全在眉梢；平生万 种情思，悉堆眼角。 "
How do Americans describe a people? His suit was of a striped and crossed pattern of brown wool, new at that time, but since become familiar as a business suit. The low crotch of the vest revealed a stiff shirt bosom of white and pink stripes. From his coat sleeves produced a pair of linen cuffs of the same pattern, fastened with large, gold plate buttons, set with the common yellow agates known as "cat's eye". ---From Sister Carrie 他穿的衣服是栗色方格花呢做的 ，在当时是刚流行的，不过不久 便成了一般生意人的套装了。背 心领口开得很低，露出白底粉红 条子的笔挺的衬衫。上装袖口， 露出一双花式相同的花袖口，扣 着又大又扁的金纽扣，上面镶嵌 着叫 “ 猫儿眼 ” 的黄玛瑙。
layout character/ personality hight build outer features negtive positive age face clothes eyes facial features
Here is a list of useful expressions HightBuildAgeFace clotheseyesfacial feature s tall, tallish, short, shortish, medium height frail, stocky, slim, thin, plump, fat, skinny, well-built young, elderly, middle- aged, teenager, in 20s, 30s, 40s round, oval, （鹅 蛋脸） square, with scares, wrinkles, freckles, sun- tanned, pale casual, scruffy, （ 不整洁的 ） shabby, smart, tidy, messy big round blue eyes, large, small, bright, narrow. almond- shaped refer to the textbook( 参照书本 ) additional ： moustache, beard, whisker
Attention when describing a person, you have to mind your words. similar in meaning as some words are, they differ from one another in range and colors. For example: skinnynegtive anorexicmedical underweightnegtive thinnegtive slimpositive slenderpositive fatnegtive tubbynegtive overweightnegtive plumpneutral stockypositive bonnypositive