"History is past politics, and politics present history." John Robert Seeley

"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see." Winston Churchill

"What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing." Aristotle


Describing Pictures

Key Opening Statements:

  • It seems to me that the person in this photos is….
  • It appears to me as if she is…..
  • It appears to me like he is …….
  • It looks like she is ……..
  • I’m not sure/certain, but I think he is ……
  • In this case/ in this photo

Always use present tense

Art & Self-Expression

  • painter_lodhi_tomb_new_delhi Engrossed in her work
  • On her own
  • It could be her work or something she does during her leisure time
  • She is paying close attention to the details of the temple
  • The temple is in the background
  • Two people are walking by in the middle ground
  • She has chosen a great spot to capture the beauty of the building




 Defeat & Disappointment 

  • It seems like they have just lost an important match   crestfallen
  • They seem dejected, dismayed & crestfallen
  • They are clearly/ hugely disappointed
  • They are holding their heads in their hands and lying flat on the ground
  • They seem exhausted as if at the end of a gruelling match
  • They seem to be consoling each other





 Key Transition Conversation Statements:

  • Yes, I agree, but I also think that….. (adding to statements)
  • Similarly, in Pictures B & C, …… (Comparison)
  • Whereas in picture A, there is …….., in Picture B there is …….. (contrast)
  • Pictures A & C are quite similar, while Pictures B & D are also alike. (pairs of similarity)
  • While Pictures A & B are about ………, Pictures C & D are more about …….. (contrast)
  • I guess he is…..
  • I wonder if he is………
  • From what I can see in this photo, I think/ believe he is……..
  • I would also add that…..
  • I think I would agree with what you just said


Important Phrases of Emphasis, Agreement or Dispute

  • Do you think I’m right?  – Yes, I DO think you are right.
  • Do you agree? – I would have to disagree slightly
  • I DO think that the man in this picture is enjoying himself
  • One could say that he is exploring the unknown
  • To be honest, I don’t think that’s entirely true
  • What do you think?


Collaboration & Group Activities

Speaking about the Future

  • Short-term plans
  • Medium-term plans
  • Long-term plans
  1. It is necessary to ………..
  2. It is important to recognise ……..
  3. It is worthwhile to remember that ……….
  4. Nobody can predict what will happen in the future.
  5. One can predict that ……..




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