Difference Between Like and Look Like

The word like can have many meanings in English depending on the context. According to the Cambridge Dictionary there are more than 10 different definitions for the word like. It can be a noun, verb, adjective, preposition or conjunction in English.

Most English learners, whether beginners or advanced, struggle when they have to answer questions that include the word like or look like. I’ve found that if we identify the key points about these kind of questions you’ll be able to answer correctly and confidently.

Let’s analyze the following questions:

1. What (noun) do you like?
2. What do you look like?
3. What are you like?


Although all the sentences have the word like, the meaning and function of the word like is different in each sentences.

First of all, let’s identify the main verb in each question.

1. What (noun) do you like?like
2. What do you look like?look
3. What are you like?be

Now, let’s analyze what part of the speech the word like is in each sentence.

QuestionPart of speech
1. What (noun) do you like?verb
2. What do you look like?preposition
3. What are you like?preposition


1. What (noun) do you like?Tell me about your preferences
2. What do you look like?Tell me about your physical appearance
3. What are you like?Tell me about your personality *

*We can also use the same pattern to ask about animals, food, cities, countries, and the weather. For example: What’s the weather like in your country? What was the food like at the party last night? What is your cat like?


1. What kinds of movies do you like watching?I love watching romantic movies
2. What was the movie like?It was boring!
3. What does your teacher look like?She’s short. She has short wavy dark hair. She wears glasses.
4. What is your teacher like?She’s fun, patient, kind and helpful.
5. What will be the weather tomorrow?It’ll be cloudy and cold.

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The Tongue Twister Challenge (Intensity Level 1)

Workout for your English muscles

A great way to improve your pronunciation and fluency is by saying tongue twisters as fast as you can. Tongue twisters are great to exercise your English muscles. Are you ready to complete this fun challenge?

Let’s warm up

Say each of the following tongue twisters five times as fast as you can. If you are not sure about the correct pronunciation you can play the audio first and repeat after me. Then you can say the tongue twister slowly and when you feel confident about your pronunciation you increase the speed.

1 You know New York, you need New York

2 So, this is the sushi chef

3 Stupid superstition

Let’s increase the intensity

Say each of the following tongue twisters five times as fast as you can

4. I saw a kitten eaten chicken in the kitchen

5.Eddie edited it

6. Willie’s really weary

7. The big fat cat sat on the rat

8. She sells seashells by the seashore

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Try out this tongue twisters and let me know how it went. Which was the most difficult one? Leave your answers in the comments below.

Happy practice!