Appearance Vocabulary – Part 3

English Listening Practice Personality Vocabulary 3

Welcome to our Daily English Listening Practice with this week’s series:

Appearance Vocabulary

This is the third piece of a 5-part series on vocabulary around your appearance. We hope you feel comfortable using this new vocabulary right away!

Please listen to the audio files for explanations.

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Notes from the Audio Files

To Be in Shape

  • To stay in shape
  • To and from
  • Make an effort

How to use it:
“I used to be in great shape in my early twenties, but now I’m so busy I barely have any time to get in the gym.”
“I hate going to the gym, so if I want to stay in shape, I need to eat right and go out for walks or bike rides.”

To Be Well-built

  • Straight up: clearly, obviously
  • Cut out for something: meant for something, naturally gifted
  • Muscular
  • Primed for something: designed for something

How to use it:
“My friend’s always been well-built, even when we were at school. I think he plays rugby semi-professionally now.”
“She was born to play sports, I’ve never seen anyone so well-built.”

To Be Glowing

  • Emitting: giving off light or energy
  • Hormones: chemical reactions in the body

How to use it:
“She was absolutely glowing as she walked down the red carpet.”
“I dunno, something’s changed about her, she’s just got this glow, I can’t put my finger on it.”


  • Fat-shaming: Being rude or insulting of people’s bodies
  • Words other than fat: stocky, big-boned, curvy,
  • Well-defined / Sculpted / Chiseled: easily seen muscles
  • Hammer Throw, Shot Put: Olympic Sports
  • Stacked: muscular for men, can be demeaning for women
  • Acceptable words for strong Women: Built, a Powerhouse

How to use it:
“He’s definitely not fat. He’s one of the strongest blokes I know. He’s stocky, definitely.”
“She’s an incredibly built woman, and she’s worked really hard to get that way.”


  • Body shaming: Being rude or insulting when related to someone else’s body
  • Slimmed down: lost weight

How to use it:
“It literally didn’t matter how much he ate, he’d always stay slim.”
“She still has a very slender frame, probably from years of being an athlete.”

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