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  • 5 How to talk about your family in Italian [0/6]
  • 6 House, rooms, furniture in Italian [0/14]
  • 7 The weather in Italian [0/5]
  • 8 Body parts in Italian [0/12]
  • 9 Clothes in Italian (shoes, accessories, fashion) [0/13]
  • 10 The colours in Italian [0/5]
  • 11 Countries and nationalities in Italian [0/6]
  • 12 Describing someone in Italian (adjectives, body) [0/9]
  • 13 Feelings and emotions in Italian (I love you) [0/7]
  • 14 Food names in Italian [0/9]
  • 15 How to order food at the restaurant in Italian [0/6]
  • 16 Animals and pets in Italian [0/14]
  • 17 Nature in Italian [0/5]
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  • 20 The city and asking for directions in Italian [0/7]
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  • In this lesson you will learn how to describe somebody in Italian.

    Introducing someone in Italian

    The following expressions can be useful to introduce somebody.

    Italian English
    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.

    Body part Feature English
    Gli occhi
    (The eyes)

    Azzurri
    Marroni
    Verdi
    Neri
    Grandi
    Piccoli
    A mandorla
    Tondi
    Portare gli occhiali

    Blue eyes
    Brown eyes
    Green eyes
    Black eyes
    Big eyes
    Small eyes
    Almond-shaped eyes
    Round eyes
    To wear glasses

    I capelli
    (The hair)

    Biondi
    Castani
    Neri
    Rossi
    Grigi/Bianchi
    Lisci
    Ricci
    Mossi
    Corti
    Lunghi
    La coda
    La frangetta

    Blonde hair
    Brown hair
    Black hari
    Red hair
    Grey/White hair
    Straight hair
    Curly hair
    Wavy hair
    Short hair
    Long hair
    Ponytail
    Bangs

    Il naso
    (The nose)

    Piccolo
    Grande
    Storto

    Little nose
    Big nose
    Crooked nose
    La bocca
    (The mouth)
    Piccola
    Grande
    Small mouth
    Big mouth


    To know more about the body parts, click here: Body parts in Italian

    Take a look at the following examples.

    Italian English
    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 blonde hair.

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    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.

    positive English negative English

    abbronzato

    suntanned pallido pale

    affascinante

    charming ripugnante repulsive

    alto

    tall basso short

    atletico

    athletic gracile
    esile
    slender

    barbuto

    bearded sbarbato shaved

    bello

    handsome brutto ugly

    capellone

    long-haired calvo / pelato bald
    elegante elegant trasandato

    shabby

    energico

    dynamic fiacco slack

    forte

    strong debole / fragile weak

    giovane

    young vecchio old

    grazioso

    pretty

    sgraziato

    ungraceful

    incantevole

    fascinating orribile horrible

    magro

    thin grasso fat

    robusto

    robust muscoloso muscular


    Let's see some examples.

    Italian English
    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.

    Personality description

    In the following table you can find an useful list of adjectives to describe the personality of someone.

    Positive English Negative English
    abile
    capace
    capable incapace
    maldestro
    clumsy
    accogliente welcoming inospitale unwelcoming
    affidabile reliable inaffidabile unreliable
    allegro cheerful malinconico melancholy
    altruista selfless egoista selfish
    ambizioso ambitious rinunciatario defeatist
    amichevole friendly ostile hostile
    appassionato enthusiastic indifferente indifferent
    astuto sly ingenuo naive
    attento attentive/careful distratto distracted
    bravo good cattivo bad
    calmo quiet agitato shaken
    chiacchierone talkative taciturno silent
    coerente coherent incoerente incoherent
    colto educated rozzo boorish
    comprensivo understanding intransigente intransigent
    conosciuto famous sconosciuto unknown
    coraggioso brave pauroso / vigliacco fearful / coward
    cortese / gentile kind scortese rude
    deciso determined indeciso undecided
    diplomatico diplomatic sfacciato cheeky
    discreto discreet invadente intrusive
    divertente fun noioso boring
    educato polite maleducato unpolite
    estroverso extroverted introverso / timido shy
    fedele faithful infedele unfaithful
    felice happy infelice unhappy
    sicuro di sè confident diffidente reluctant
    gradevole / piacevole pleasant sgradevole / fastidioso unpleasant / annoying
    intelligente clever stupido stupid
    istruito educated ignorante uneducated
    laborioso hard−working pigro lazy
    leale loyal sleale disloyal
    libero free occupato / impegnato busy
    maturo mature immaturo immature
    modesto modest vanitoso conceited
    obbediente obedient disobbediente disobedient
    onesto honest disonesto dishonest
    ordinato tidy disordinato untidy
    organizzato organised disorganizzato disorganised
    ottimista optimistic pessimista pessimistic
    pacifico peaceful litigioso litigious
    paziente patient impaziente impatient
    perfetto perfect imperfetto imperfect
    pratico pragmatic inesperto inexpert
    premuroso attentive noncurante careless
    pulito clean sporco dirty
    puntuale punctual ritardatario latecomer
    responsabile responsible irresponsabile irresponsable
    ricco rich povero poor
    riconoscente grateful ingrato ungrateful
    rilassato relaxed stressato stressed
    saggio wise pazzo crazy
    sensibile sensitive insensibile insensitive
    sicuro confident insicuro insecure
    simpatico nice antipatico unpleasant
    sincero sincere bugiardo liar
    socievole outgoing solitario loner
    soddisfatto satisfied insoddisfatto unsatisfied
    spigliato at ease imbarazzato awkward
    umile humble presuntuoso pretentious
    veloce fast lento slow

     

    Check out the following examples.

    Italian English
    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.

    Regular declension

    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.

    Italian English
    Sara è una persona onesta. Sara is a honest person.
    Gli amici di Paolo sono molto simpatici. Paolo's friends are very nice.

    Irregular declension

    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;

    • invariable adjectives.

    Take a look at the following examples.

    Italian English
    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.

    Short stories

    Story 1

    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, confidente and patient guy.)
    Ha un unico difetto: è un po' ritardatario.
    (He has only one flaw: he's a bit of a latecomer.)
     

    Story 2

    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.)

    Story 3

    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.)