• German course for beginners
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  • 1 The German alphabet [0/2]
  • 2 German greetings (Hello in German) [0/3]
  • 3 Introduction in german (talking about yourself) [0/2]
  • 4 Counting in German (cardinal and ordinal numbers) [0/3]
  • 5 The Time in German (hours and minutes in German) [0/3]
  • 6 Days of the weeks, months and seasons in German [0/3]
  • 7 Colours in German (blue, green, yellow...) [0/3]
  • 8 Asking for directions in German [0/3]
  • 9 The weather in German (sun, rain, temperature...) [0/3]
  • 10 Family members in German (parents, siblings...) [0/3]
  • 11 Body parts in German [0/3]
  • 12 Countries in German (Europe, Asia, Africa, America) [0/5]
  • 13 Ordering in Germany (restaurant, waiter, dinner) [0/3]
  • 14 German travel phrases [0/3]
  • 15 Grocery shopping in Germany [0/3]
  • 16 German proverbs [0/3]
  • 17 Animal names in German (pets, mammals, birds, ...) [0/4]
  • 18 Clothing in German (shoes, accessories, ...) [0/2]
  • 19 Happy birthday in German (parties and congratulations) [0/3]
  • 20 I love you in German (emotions and feedback) [0/3]
  • 21 Needs and opinions in German (polite requests) [0/4]
  • 22 Hobbies in German (sports and games) [0/3]
  • 23 House, room, furniture vocabulary in German [0/3]
  • 24 Descriptions in German (appearance and characteristics) [0/5]
  • 25 Business vocabulary in German (work and negotiations) [0/3]
  • 26 Going to the doctor and health vocabulary in German [0/3]
  • 27 School vocabulary in German (subjects and persons) [0/3]
  • 28 Places of interest German (post office, infrastructure) [0/3]
  • 29 Nature words in German (parks and outdoor) [0/2]
  • Descriptions in German (appearance and characteristics)

    On this site we introduce to you some of the most important words and phrases to describe people in both physical appearance and character.

    Describing the appearance in German

    These are some words and phrases you can use when you want to describe how a person looks

    Facial features

    These are all parts of the face in German

      German English
    a face Das Gesicht face
    eyes Die Augen eyes
    a nose Die Nase nose
    a mouth Der Mund mouth
    hair Das Haar hair
    long hair lang long
    short hair kurz short
    curly hair lockig / gelockt curly
    straight hair gerade straight
    teeth Die Zähne teeth
    lips Die Lippen lips
    an ear Die Ohren ears
    a chin Das Kinn chin
    a forehead Die Stirn forehead
    a beard Der Bart beard
    a mustache Der Schnauzbart mustache
    • Er hat eine krumme Nase - He has a crooked nose
    • Der Mann trägt einen langen Bart - The man has a long beard
    • Sie hat lange, lockige Haare - She has long, curly hair
    • Sie hat ein rundes Gesicht - She has a round face

    Statue and general appearance

    The are the most important adjectives you need to know in order to describe a person physically

    German English
    groß tall 
    klein small / tiny
    dick fat / thick / chubby
    dünn slim
    breit wide
    schmal narrow / slender
    muskulös muscular
    schön pretty
    hässlich ugly
    alt old
    jung young
    bleich / blass pale
    gebräunt tanned
    • Ihr Freund ist sehr muskulös - Her boyfriend is very muscular
    • Ich war sehr blass, doch nach letztem Sommer bin ich gebräunt - I was very pale, but after last summer I am tanned
    • Sie ist sehr klein, aber sie hat einen großen Freund - She is very tiny, but she has a very tall boyfriend

    Describing character traits in German

    Here you have a list of important adjectives in German to describe the character of a person

    German English
    freundlich / höflich kind
    gemein mean
    rücksichtsvoll / aufmerksam thoughtful
    nachlässig neglecting
    lächelnd / heiter smiling
    warm warm
    empathisch empathetic
    liebevoll / zugeneigt affectionate
    kalt cold
    reserviert unsociable
    streng  severe
    organisiert organized
    ernst / seriös serious
    verrückt crazy
    erwachsen / reif mature
    respektvoll respectful
    exzentrisch eccentric
    narzisstisch / selbstverliebt narcissistic
    höflich polite
    liebenswürdig amiable
    respektlos disrespectful
    unhöflich rude
    tapfer / mutig brave
    selbstbewusst confident
    neugierig curious
    empfindlich / einfühlsam sensitive
    tollpatschig clumsy
    arrogant arrogant
    impulsiv impulsive
    stark strong
    schwach weak
    aufgeschlossen open minded
    schüchtern shy
    wütend angry
    faul lazy
    stark strong
    witzig funny
    • Er ist sehr reif für sein Alter - He is very mature for his age
    • Es nervt, dass sie so tollpatschig ist - It is annoying, that she is so clumsy
    • Ihr Vater is überraschend aufgeschlossen - Her father is surprisingly open minded

    Exercises

    Translate the parts of the face into German

    Match the correct adjectives to the descriptions of people

    Complete the phrases by typing in the correct German part of the face

    Finish the descriptions by typing in the correct German adjective

    Finish the character descriptions by matching the correct German adjectives