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This chapter will be all about describing a person in Dutch. Describing his or her face, body and character traits using adjectives, and colours. 

Adjectives to describe someone in Dutch

To ask someone about their physical appearance, the question: 'Hoe ziet hij eruit?' (What does he look like?) can be used. To answer this question you can use 'Hij ziet er ... uit.' (He looks ...) or by using the verb 'zijn' (to be), you can find some adjectives you can use in the table below.

English

Dutch

Oldoud
Youngjong
Smallklein
Talllang
Slimslank
Largegroot
Prettymooi
Uglylelijk
Muscledgespierd
Palebleek
Tannedgebruind
Athleticatletisch

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Examples

  • 'Hij ziet er oud uit.' (He looks old.)
  • 'Wij zijn lang.' (We are tall.)
  • 'Jullie zijn gespierd.' (You are muscled.)
  • 'Zij zien er klein oud.' (They look small.)

enlightenedPersonality traits can also be used to describe someone. 

Parts of the face in Dutch

The table below will show some specific parts of the face in Dutch that you can describe by not only using the adjectives above but also the colours

English

Dutch

facehet gezicht
eyesde ogen
nosede neus
mouthde mond
hairhet haar
shortkort
longlang
blondeblond
curlykrullen
straight (hair)stijl

Examples

  • 'Zij heeft blauwe ogen.' (She has blue eyes.)
  • 'Wij hebben lang haar.' (We have long hair.)
  • 'Zij hebben een kleine neus.' (They have a small nose.)

enlightenedThese parts of the face can also be replaced by the other body parts in Dutch. 

Train your skills by doing the exercises below. 


Exercises

  1. Exercise describing a person in Dutch
  2. Translate the parts of the face to dutch
  3. Translate adjectives to describe someone in Dutch
  4. Fill in the translations of Dutch parts of the face

Exercise describing a person in Dutch


Translate the parts of the face to dutch


Translate adjectives to describe someone in Dutch


Fill in the translations of Dutch parts of the face


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