Personality & Gender- Guessing Game

Level: Intermediate

Topic: Men & women

Grammar Topic: General

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Personality and appearance gender guessing game 

Worksheet 1 

 

Describe a man or woman, boy or girl that you know or know about (e.g. a famous 

person or an acquaintance) without saying their gender. It doesn’t matter if your 

partner knows the person you are talking about or not. For each sentence you say 

without your partner guessing if they are male or female, you get one point. Your 

partner can only guess once. If they are right they get five points, but if they are wrong 

you get five points. 

 

Continue with appearance words from the worksheet. 

 

Continue with personality words from the worksheet. 

 

Continue with a combination of the two. 

 

(NB. The words that are on the same line in the worksheets below have meanings that 

are similar, but not exactly the same.) 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

Appearance 

This person is neatly dressed/ smartly dressed. 

This person is skinny/ slim/ just skin and bones. 

This person is muscular. 

This person has long legs. 

This person has hairy legs. 

This person has nice legs 

This person is very tall and thin/ is lanky 

This person wears a lot of jewellery. 

This person has piercing eyes. 

This person has long eyelashes. 

This person is very fashionable. 

This person has good taste in clothes. 

This person never has a hair out of place. 

This person has a kind smile. 

This person has a bald patch/ has a receding hair line/ is going bald 

This person has glossy hair 

This person has dyed ginger/ red/ brown/ blond hair 

This person has a tattoo on the upper arm/ lower arm/ shoulder blade/ face/ next/ calf/ 

back 

This person has long hair/ shoulder length hair 

This person has very short hair/ a skin head/ a buzz cut/ a crew cut 

This person has a perm 

This person has a beer belly 

This person has fat hips 

This person has a scar on the chin/ face/ hairline 

This person has broad shoulders 

This person wears lots of jewelry/ a ring/ a necklace/ dangly earrings/ bracelets/ a 

crucifix 

This person has a pierced tongue/ eyebrow/ nipple/ ears/ nose 

This person has big lips 

This person wears skin tight jeans/ tops 

This person has plucked eyebrows 

This person is slovenly 

This person wears slip on shoes/ a waistcoat 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

Personality 

This person is vain. 

This person is brave/ courageous 

This person is bitchy/ critical 

This person is caring. 

This person is sensitive. 

This person is ambitious/ a go-getter 

This person is proactive. 

This person is conservative. 

This person is single-minded/ obsessive 

This person has good communication skills/ is a good listener 

This person is assertive/ bossy/ is a natural leader 

This person is thorough. 

This person is punctual. 

This person is a sexist. 

This person is energetic. 

This person is rude/ impolite 

This person is pushy. 

This personal has good intuition. 

This person is ego-centric. 

This person is impulsive. 

This person is adaptable/ flexible. 

This person is tactful/ discreet. 

This person is determined/ stubborn. 

This person is materialistic. 

This person is petty/ fussy. 

This person is frank/ outspoken. 

This person is aggressive. 

This person is perceptive. 

This person is impatient. 

This person is absent minded/ careless. 

This person is indecisive/ a procrastinator.   

This person is a fashion victim. 

This person is arrogant 

This person is ego-centric 

This person is changeable/ moody/ unstable 

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This person is materialistic 

This person is frank/ outspoken/ opinionated 

This person is witty 

This person is dependable/ reliable/ conscientious 

This person is dependant/ insecure 

This person is a good listener 

This person is neurotic 

This person is a gossip 

This person is a backstabber/ is two faced 

This person is insincere/ is a flatterer/ is an arse licker 

This person is tactless/ too direct 

This person is negative/ is a complainer/ is a winger 

This person is eccentric 

This person is a showoff 

 

 

Switch roles and continue until your teacher tells you to stop. 

 

Go through the lists and decide whether in your country each one is more prevalent in 

women (W), more prevalent in men (M) or totally equal (E). 

 

Do you think any of the above could be a problem in the workplace? 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

Personality and appearance gender guessing game 

Worksheet 2- HR and Recruitment Discussions and Roleplay 

Decide if you would employ the people below for a job in your company, and if so for 

which job(s). Would you need to ask them to change anything or explain anything about 

the job and/ or the company before you offered them the job and they started work? 

 

1.  In the job interview, this person told you lots of inside gossip about their present 

company, which is one of your chief competitors 

 

2.  This person has a tattoo in a place where it is very difficult or impossible to hide 

 

3.  This person has a pierced nose. Although you could ask them to take it out at work, 

you would still be able to see the hole if you look closely. 

 

4.  This person is a high flier with an exceptional educational background, but they 

spent the whole job interview boasting about their achievements 

 

5.  This person came to the interview wearing a nice suit but with a food stain on one 

sleeve and their shirt not properly tucked in 

 

6.  This person never stops telling jokes 

 

7.  This person mentioned several things that they think are wrong with your company 

that they would like to help change in the job interview 

 

8.  This person was wearing a very expensive suit and watch but was only applying for 

a starter level position 

 

9.  This person wrote down everything you said during the job interview and then 

asked you the 15 questions they had written, ticking off each one as you answered it 

 

Roleplay the second interviews with the people above 

 

 

Match sentences 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 to the words on Worksheet 1 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

Personality and appearance gender guessing game 

Worksheet 3- Language Work and Further Practice 

 

Language Work 

Without looking at Worksheet 1, fill the gaps in the sentences below with one or two 

words 

 

This person _____________ bossy. 

This person __________________ good communication skills. 

This person ________________ good listener. 

 

Look at Worksheet 1 and check your answers. 

 

Put these words into each of the sentences above: 

 

Quite/ very/ extremely/ not very 

 

 

 

 

Further practice 

 

Continue the game until your teacher tells you to stop, but this time without looking at 

the sentences above. 

 

Discussion 

As a class, discuss which sentences were easiest to guess the gender by.   

 

Do you think any of the sentences above are usually true for one gender much more 

than the other? How do you think this affects which jobs males and females do in your 

country? 

 

Are there any other ways of telling the gender of someone before you meet them? 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007