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About My Friend

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  5. Answer the following questions about yourself, your friends and your ideas about friendship.
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Exercises

Choose the right prefix to make the following adjectives negative.

im un dis in mis il

 

_ polite _ honest _ patient _ practical _ organized _ logical _ capable _ agreeable _ forgetful _ selfish _ sociable _ tolerant _ trustful _ dependent _ responsible _ decisive _ sensitive _ grateful _ reliable _ efficient _ affectionate

 

Sort out the personality qualities and features of appearance given in the box into the corresponding column according to your opinion.

boring stout stupid obstinate slender sensitive forgetful skinny sociable moody greedy calm shy fat plump mean thin sly energetic selfish modest tolerant ambitious indecisive absent-minded generous disorganized dishonest hard-working agressive

 

Positive/ pleasant Negative/ unpleasant Neutral
       

 

Complete the text with appropriate words dealing with character traits and personality. Bear in mind that more than one variant is possible.

Peter Brown

Peter Brown is the kind of person everybody likes. In fact, he is so ______ (1) that friends and neighbors visit him constantly. Luckily he enjoys other people`s company. Almost everyone finds Peter charming and his ______ (2) lies in the fact that he`s an ______ (3), always taking a positive view of life. In fact many people find his ______ (4) infectious. People who are really ______ (5) suddenly forget all their terrible worries and become full of life.

Another thing I like about Peter is that he is broad-minded and very ______ (6) about everything from religion through food to nationality. I have rarely met anyone with so few prejudices.

Not surprisingly, although Peter lives alone, he always has company, so he never feels ______ (7). On the other hand he doesn’t need the help of everyone in spite of being over 80, and lives a very ______ (8) life.

4. Imagine that your friend who lives in another city is going to come to your place. You promised to meet him/her at the station, but at the last moment you find out that you won`t be able to do it because of some urgent work. Ask your other friend to go to the station instead of you and describe the appearance of the person who is coming.

o General size and build;

o Clothes your friend might wear;

o The color of the hair and the hairdo;

o Something special in your friend`s appearance: a birthmark, a scar, a grey strand of hair, etc.

 

Read the text below which is an essay of an English student, describing her friend. Then either write an essay or speak about your friend following the guidelines given below the text.

About My Friend

Janet is my best friend. We have been friends for 5 years already. Some people say that we look alike but I don’t think so. Janet has blue eyes and fair hair, while my eyes are brown and I`m dark-haired. She has a lovely fresh complexion and a beautiful mouth with full lips, but she is short-sighted so she wears contact lenses. Janet is quite tall and has a beautiful slim figure. Actually we are the same height and build, maybe that is why our neighbors sometimes take me for Janet. Janet is very smart and looks really attractive when she dresses up to go out with her boyfriend.

Janet likes studying languages and is thinking of learning them at the University to be able to work later for a travel agency. She can already speak French and Spanish fluently and is learning modern Greek. Janet loves being with crowds of people and makes friends easily. She loves going to parties, and there she immediately becomes the centre of attention. Janet is good at games but never takes them seriously, so when we play tennis, I always win because she doesn’t care if she wins or loses.

Janet is very witty and amusing and she always cheers me up when I am depressed because she has a wonderful sense of humor. I think her only fault is that she is restless and gets bored easily. She is an intelligent and hard-working person. I admire her because she is so bright and energetic, but I think it is a good thing that both her boyfriend and I are calm and tolerant, and when she is impatient with us we just laugh, and then she laughs, too.

 

Guided essay/story:

· name, relation, age

· appearance – eyes, hair, face

· special features, figure, dress

· study, work

· hobbies, interests

· games

· personal qualities

· faults

· conclusion


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