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Unit 02 :
Appearance and Ability
Let’s learn about different kinds of Appearance and Ability.
1. attractive /əˈtræk.tɪv/
very pleasing in appearance or sound
I find him very attractive.
2. presentable /prɪˈzen.t̬ə.bəl/
looking suitable or good enough, especially in the way you are dressed
Giulio was looking quite presentable in a suit and tie.
3. beautiful /ˈbjuː.t̬ə.fəl/
a beautiful woman
4. chubby /ˈtʃʌb.i/
fat in a pleasant and attractive way
5. fat /fæt/
having a lot of flesh on the body
the substance under the skin of humans and animals that stores energy and keeps them warm
Like most women, she thinks she’s fat.
6. fit /fɪt/
healthy and strong, especially as a result of exercise
to be the right size or shape for someone or something
I jog to keep fit.
7. flabby /ˈflæb.i/
soft and fat
8. gorgeous /ˈɡɔːr.dʒəs/
very beautiful or pleasant
The bride looked gorgeous.
9. handsome /ˈhæn.səm/
A handsome man is physically attractive in a traditional, male way.
10. muscular /ˈmʌs.kjə.lɚ/
having well-developed muscles
He wished he was more muscular.
Use the vocabulary you’ve learned to describe these three different styles of people.
11. scruffy /ˈskrʌf.i/
untidy and looking a little dirty
12. skinny /ˈskɪn.i/
You should eat more – you’re too skinny.
13. slender /ˈslen.dɚ/
thin and delicate, often in a way that is attractive
He put his hands around her slender waist.
14. stocky /ˈstɑː.ki/
A stocky person, especially a man is fairly short and has a body that is wide across the shoulders and chest
The man was described as short and stocky and very strong.
15. unkempt /ʌnˈkempt/
untidy; not cared for
16. efficient /ɪˈfɪʃ.ənt/
working or operating quickly and effectively in an organized way
We need someone really efficient who can organize the office and make it run smoothly.
17. resourceful /rɪˈsɔːr.sfəl/
skilled at solving problems and making decisions on your own
She’s a very resourceful manager.
18. proficient /prəˈfɪʃ.ənt/
skilled and experienced
She’s proficient in two languages.
19. masterly /ˈmæs.tɚ.li/
done extremely well
20. experienced /ɪkˈspɪə.ri.ənst/
having skill or knowledge because you have done something many times
She is very experienced in marketing.
Circle the word that has the same meaning.
1.working or operating quickly and effectively in an organized way
2.having skill or knowledge because you have done something many times
21. enterprising /ˈen.t̬ɚ.praɪ.zɪŋ/
good at thinking of and doing new and difficult things, especially things that will make money
The business was started by a couple of enterprising young women.
22. meticulous /məˈtɪk.jə.ləs/
very careful and with great attention to every detail
Many hours of meticulous preparation have gone into writing the book.
23. earnest /ˈɝː.nɪst/
serious and determined, especially too serious and unable to find your own actions funny
He was a very earnest young man.
24. steady /ˈsted.i/
happening in a smooth, gradual, and regular way, not suddenly or unexpectedly
Progress has been slow but steady.
25. phlegmatic /fleɡˈmæt̬.ɪk/
A phlegmatic person does not usually get emotional or excited about things.
As a football player, his great asset was his calm, phlegmatic manner.
26. careless /ˈker.ləs/
not taking or showing enough care and attention
My son’s teacher says that his work is often rather careless.
27. irresponsible /ˌɪr.əˈspɑːn.sə.bəl/
not thinking enough or not worrying about the possible results of what you do
28. sensible /ˈsen.sə.bəl/
based on or acting on good judgment and practical ideas or understanding
I think the sensible thing to do is call and ask for directions.
29. imaginative /ɪˈmædʒ.ə.nə.t̬ɪv/
new, original, and clever
an imaginative new approach/policy
30. talented /ˈtæl.ən.t̬ɪd/
with talent; able or skilful
a talented golfer/pianist
Discuss the questions with your tutor.
- Are you an imaginative person? Why or why not?
- What is your advantage?
- What is your disadvantage?