Describing someone in Italian (adjectives, body)
In this lesson you will learn how to describe somebody in Italian.
- 1.Introducing someone in Italian
- 2.Physical description (features)
- 3.General description (pretty, strong, handsome)
- 4.Personality description
- 5.Adjectives declension rules
- 5.1.Regular declension
- 5.2.Irregular declension
- 6.Short stories
- 6.1.Story 1
- 6.2.Story 2
- 6.3.Story 3
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Introducing someone in Italian
The following expressions can be useful to introduce somebody.
|Lui/Lei è (nome/cognome)||He/she is (name/surname)|
|Questo/Questa è (nome/cognome)||This is (name/surname)|
|Nella foto vediamo (nome/cognome)||In the picture we see (name/surname)|
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Physical description (features)
In the following table you can find body parts matched with some possible features.
To know more about the body parts, click here: Body parts in Italian.
Take a look at the following examples.
|Maria ha i capelli lunghi e lisci e gli occhi azzurri.||Maria has straight long hair and blue eyes.|
|Marco gli occhi marroni e i capelli biondi.||Marco has bown eyes and blond hair.|
General description (pretty, strong, handsome)
In the following table you can find an useful list of adjectives to describe the general aspect and features of someone.
|long-haired||calvo / pelato||bald|
|strong||debole / fragile||weak|
Let's see some examples.
|Mio fratello è molto alto, e invece mia sorella è bassa.||My brother is very tall, whereas my sister is short.|
|La zia di Marco è elegante mentre lo zio è sempre trasandato.||Marco's aunt is elegant, whereas the uncle is always shabby.|
In the following table you can find an useful list of adjectives to describe the personality of someone.
|coraggioso||brave||pauroso / vigliacco||fearful / coward|
|cortese / gentile||kind||scortese||rude|
|estroverso||extroverted||introverso / timido||shy|
|sicuro di sè||confident||diffidente||reluctant|
|gradevole / piacevole||pleasant||sgradevole / fastidioso||unpleasant / annoying|
|libero||free||occupato / impegnato||busy|
Check out the following examples.
|Invece di essere sempre così egoista, prova ad essere più altruista.||Instead of always being so selfish, try to be more altruistic.|
|Qualche anno fa era ancora molto immaturo, mentre ora è più maturo.||Some years ago he was still very immature, whereas now he is more mature.|
Adjectives declension rules
When describing someone, the adjectives we saw in the tables must be declined according to gender and number.
Here's a short recap.
Most adjectives follow this pattern of declension.
Masculine singular: -o;
Feminine singular: -a;
Masculine plural: -i;
Feminine plural: -e.
Take a look at the following examples.
|Sara è una persona onesta.||Sara is a honest person.|
|Gli amici di Paolo sono molto simpatici.||Paolo's friends are very nice.|
The following adjectives are irregular and must be learned by heart.
endings in -e;
endings in -a;
endings in -tore;
roots ending in -c or -g;
Take a look at the following examples.
|Mario è sensibile e anche la sua ragazza è sensibile.||Mario is sensitive and also his girlfriend is sensitive.|
|Le tue amiche sono molto socievoli.||Your girl friends are very outgoing.|
Marco ha i capelli castani e gli occhi azzurri. Ha il naso piccolo e un po' di barba.
(Marco has brown hair and blue eyes. He has a small nose and a bit of beard.)
Marco è alto e magro. E' un ragazzo altruista, positivo, sicuro di sè e paziente.
(Marco is tall and thin. He's a selfless, positive, confident and a patient guy.)
Ha un unico difetto: è un po' ritardatario.
(He has only one flaw: he's a bit of a latecomer.)
Chiara è una chiacchierona, è estroversa e adora conoscere nuove persone.
(Chiara is very talkative, she is outgoing and loves to meet new people.)
Ha i capelli rossi e ricci, e gli occhi verdi.
(She has red curly hair, and green eyes.)
E' robusta e alta.
(She is robust and tall.)
A volte è una persona un po' pigra.
(Sometimes she is a bit of a lazy person.)
Luca ha i capelli neri e gli occhi neri. E' basso, e questo lo rende insicuro.
(Luca has black hair and black eyes. He is short and this makes him insecure.)
Lui è molto curioso ed intelligente, molto laborioso.
(He is very curious and smart, very hard-working.)
Spesso è taciturno e non si capisce cosa pensa.
(Sometimes he is silent, you can't understand what he is thinking about.)
In generale, è un ragazzo molto affidabile.
(Generally, he is a very reliable guy.)
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