Comparative Fashion | Esercizio Ascolto Inglese

Today’s online mini-lesson by Scrambled Eggs English School in Milan is on how to use the comparative when talking about fashion!

Milan is recognised worldwide as the fashion capital! So, the Team have put together a fashion-based audio with lots of related vocabulary. We have also incorporated the comparative so that you can learn how to compare styles and trends when talking about clothes and fashion.

We use the comparative when we compare two nouns. The comparative forms in different ways:

  • If the adjective is a short adjective, one syllable, we simply add ‘-er’ to the end of the adjective. NB Some words require a spelling change, the last constant doubles up, for example big becomes bigger.
  • If the adjective ends in ‘y’, we first change the ‘y’ to an ‘i’ and then also add ‘-er’ to the end of the adjective.
  • If the adjective is a long adjective, two syllables or more, we put ‘more’ in front of the adjective.

Now, are you ready to put your English listening skills to test the test? Listen to the audio below and see if you can hear all the comparatives!

How many did you hear? Listen again and try our gap-fill exercise below.

Comparative Fashion | Fill in the Blank English Quiz

Test your English listening knowledge with the following exercise!

After you have completed the gap-fill exercise, try out this true/false quiz:

Comparative Fashion | True/False English Quiz

Listen to the audio again and select whether the following statements are true or false.

How did you do? Would you like to continue practice using the comparative? Click here to access another one of our comparative lessons.

Are you ready to practice some more English? Click here to try some of our other quizzes. Otherwise, come along to our English school for a lesson with one of our experienced, native teachers!

Key phrases to know for Fashion Week

Fashion week is here!

Milan Fashion Week 2018 means that the city is full of models, designers and celebrities. Everybody’s talking about fashion, both positively and negatively, and with all these foreign people visiting the city during the week there’s even more English being spoken than usual!

If you want to join in the conversations though, you’ll need to know some fashion-specific vocabulary to help you sound like a true expert!

  • Catwalk/Runway [noun]

The long, narrow stage that models walk along in a fashion show.

milan fashion week vocabulary

  • Pattern [noun]

Any regularly repeated arrangement, especially a design made from repeated lines, shapes, or colours on a surface.

milan fashion week vocabulary

  • Mannequin [noun]

A large model of a human being, used to show clothes.

milan fashion week vocabulary

  • Accessories [noun]

Something added to clothing that has a useful or decorative purpose. e.g. She wore a green suit with matching accessories (shoes, hat, bag, etc.).

milan fashion week vocabulary

  • Baggy [adjective]

Something that hangs loosely because it’s too big or has been stretched. Opposite = tight.

milan fashion week vocabulary

  • Pose [verb]

To move into and stay in a particular position, in order to be photographed or painted.

milan fashion week vocabulary

  • Must-have [noun]

A must-have product is a fashionable one that a lot of people want to own.

milan fashion week vocabulary

  • Tweed [noun]

A thick material made from wool of several different colours. e.g. A tweed jacket.


OK? Get them? Now practice using them in sentences, and then try our quiz (below) to check that you’re perfect!

Fashion Week

Match the vocabulary with the definition.