• Dutch course for beginners A1
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  • 1 Dutch alphabet and pronunciation
  • 2 Counting in Dutch (indefinite and ordinal numbers) [0/3]
  • 3 Dutch greetings (hello in Dutch) [0/3]
  • 4 Basic words and phrases in Dutch [0/4]
  • 5 Introducing yourself in Dutch [0/4]
  • 6 What time is it? - telling the time in Dutch [0/4]
  • 7 Days of the week, months and seasons in Dutch [0/5]
  • 8 Colours in Dutch [0/3]
  • 9 Animal names in Dutch [0/5]
  • 10 Family in Dutch [0/3]
  • 11 Food and Drinks in Dutch [0/5]
  • 12 How to order food in Dutch? [0/4]
  • 13 The weather in Dutch [0/4]
  • 14 Countries, Cities and Nationalities in Dutch [0/3]
  • 15 Body parts in Dutch [0/3]
  • 16 Clothes and shoes in Dutch [0/4]
  • 17 Travel and vacation in Dutch [0/3]
  • 18 Dutch proverbs and sayings [0/3]
  • 19 I love you in Dutch (Emotions and feelings) [0/4]
  • 20 Happy birthday in Dutch (birthday wishes) [0/3]
  • 21 Asking for directions in Dutch [0/4]
  • 22 Needs and opinions in Dutch [0/4]
  • 23 Hobbies in Dutch [0/4]
  • 24 House, room, furniture vocabulary in Dutch [0/4]
  • 25 How to describe a person in Dutch [0/4]
  • 26 Business Dutch [0/4]
  • 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

    Old oud
    Young jong
    Small klein
    Tall lang
    Slim slank
    Large groot
    Pretty mooi
    Ugly lelijk
    Muscled gespierd
    Pale bleek
    Tanned gebruind
    Athletic atletisch

    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. 

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    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

    face het gezicht
    eyes de ogen
    nose de neus
    mouth de mond
    hair het haar
    short kort
    long lang
    blonde blond
    curly krullen
    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.