Lesson 40: Photography



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: photography. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Kevin and Dorothy are talking about photography.

Dorothy, do you like photography?
Yes, it’s one of my favorite hobbies.
Mine too! Do you like to take pictures of beautiful landscapes?
Yes! I really like to take panoramic photos of nature.
Awesome! Do you like to make photo albums?
Yes, I do! It’s a great way to save memories.
Are you camera-shy?
Not really, but when someone is taking a close up I can be a little.
I agree. Do you like to look at photos of animals?
Yes, I think animals are cute.


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

hobbies (n – plural) an activity or interest that is done regularly for pleasure
My hobbies are traveling and walking.
take pictures (v + n) to use a camera to capture photos
I like to take pictures of my family.
landscapes (n – plural) the visible features of land or countryside
They like the beautiful landscapes of the mountains.
panoramic (adj) a wide view of an area
The panoramic view of the city is interesting.
nature (n) the features in the world like rocks, animals, landscapes, trees, plants
I love nature because it’s peaceful.
photo albums (n – plural) a collection of photos usually in a book or electronic form
She likes to make photo albums of her family.
memories (n – plural) something remembered from the past.
We have lots of memories of our wedding day.
camera-shy (adj) dislike or fear of having your photo taken
Her brother is camera-shy.
close up (n) a photo taken very near to a person or something
She wants to take a close up of her boyfriend.
to look at (phrasal v) the act of directing the eyes towards something
He likes to look at the people walking in the streets.


Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. Do you have a favorite picture of yourself?
    1. My favorite picture of myself is with my daughter at the beach.
    2. I like a photo of me when I was hiking with my friends in Chile.
    3. Your answer:
  2. Can you tell me about a photo of yourself that you don’t like?
    1. My brother took a photo of me after I just woke up.
    2. My friend took a photo of me in Costa Rica after a 10 km hike.
    3. Your answer:
  3. What types of photos do you like to take?
    1. I like to take photos of nature like mountains and beaches.
    2. I love taking photos of my family and friends.
    3. Your answer:
  4. What hobbies do you like?
    1. I like hiking, walking, and traveling.
    2. My favorite hobby is going to the movies.
    3. Your answer:
  5. Do you have a favorite photo album?
    1. My favorite photo album is my vacation in the Amazon jungle.
    2. All my photo albums are my favorite.
    3. Your answer:


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Why do people take photos?
  2. Do you like to take selfies? Why or why not?
  3. Are you or anyone you know camera-shy? Why or why not?
  4. What kind of pictures do you like to look at?
  5. Do you like making photo albums? Why or why not?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.



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