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  • 1 French greetings (Hello in French) [0/3]
  • 2 How to introduce yourself in French [0/3]
  • 3 Cardinal numbers in French [0/3]
  • 4 Ordinal numbers in French [0/3]
  • 5 Telling the time in French [0/3]
  • 6 Months and days of the week in French [0/3]
  • 7 Colors in French [0/3]
  • 8 Describe a person in French [0/3]
  • 9 Talking about the weather in French [0/3]
  • 10 Asking for directions in French [0/3]
  • 11 French travel phrases and vocabulary [0/3]
  • 12 Food and drinks in French [0/3]
  • 13 Family members in French [0/3]
  • 14 Names of Countries in French [0/3]
  • 15 The grocery store in French (fruits, vegetables....)
  • 16 Animal names in French (horse, dog, cat...)
  • 17 Clothing in French (shoe, clothes...)
  • 18 Birthday wishes in French and party words
  • 19 I love you in French (emotions, feelings)
  • In this lesson you will learn how to briefly describe someone; his or her face, body and characters traits. To make it more useful we suggest you to first study the lesson about colors.

    Adjectives to describe someone in French

    To ask some Francophone about physical appearance, you can use the expression "A quoi ressemble ?". And to answer the question you can use the same expression but in the affirmative form "Il ressemble à" and add few adjectives from the table bellow.

    English

    French

    Old Vieux
    Young Jeune
    Small Petit
    Big Grand
    Slim Mince
    Large Gros
    Pretty Joli
    Ugly Laid
    Muscled Musclé
    Pale Pâle
    Tanned Bronzé
    Athletic Sportif

    Examples:

    How Julien looks like? =  De quoi a l`air Julien? / A quoi ressemble-t-il?

    He looks like a athlete. = Il a l'air sportif.

    He looks old. = Il a l'air vieux.                  

    Parts of the face in French

    Being able to describe someones parts of the face, can help you to give more faithful description. In this case we use expression made of verb:

    avoir + noun + adjective.

    English

    French

    face le visage
    eyes les yeux
    noise le nez
    mouth la bouche
    hair les cheveux
    short court
    long long
    blonde blonde
    curly bouclé
    straight (hair) raide

    enlightenedAttention!

    Pay attention that in French "hair" has a plural form "les cheveux", also that adjectives need to be agreed in gender and number with the noun they follow.

    Examples:

    She has a blue eyes. = Elle a les yuex bleus.

    He has long curly hair. = Il a les cheveux bouclés longs. / Il a de longs cheveux bouclés.

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    How to say body parts in French ?

    To speak about body parts in French you can apply the same rule as for parts of the face; formulation is verb

    "avoir" + noun + adjective.

    To enrich your vocabulary you can add a few adjecives such as, long (long), court (short), gros (big)...

    English

    French

    face le visage
    head la tête
    shoulder l`épaule
    arm le bras
    ears les oreilles
    hand la main
    fingers les doigts
    leg la jambe
    stomach le ventre
    back le dos
    knee le genou
    foot le pied
    toe l`orteil

    Examples:

    She has a long legs and small arms. = Elle a de longes jambes et courtes bras. 

    His face has a oval shape. = Son visage est ovale.

    How to say main character traits in French ?

    Here you will find a list to describe someone`s character traits in French. You can use the formulation of verb:

    "être" + adjective.

    enlightenedPay attention to formation of adjective masculine and feminine forms! Masculine is only variable in plural. In feminine form you add an -e / -le / -euse.

    English

    French

    Nice Sympa
    Kind Gentil
    Bad Méchant
    Intelligent Intelligent
    Stupid Bête
    Generous Généreux
    Patient Patient 
    Shy Timide
    Lazy Paresseux

    Examples:

    She is kind and generous. = Elle est gentille et généreuse.

    Mario is restless and lazy. = Mario est impatient et paresseux.

    • In general speaking about human body or about character traits may seem complicated at first. But the only thing to keep in mind is formulation of expressions with verbs "be" and "have".