This lesson will teach you to describe the colors and appearance of people and things in Arabic. Learn to express whether something is big or small, red or green, beautiful of ugly.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Arabic“.

Basic Words & Phrases: Colors

Colors

EnglishArabicArabic
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
light / clearضوء
واضح
daw
wadih

darkظلامdalam
colorcolorلونlawn
coloredcoloredملونmolawan
whitewhiteأبيضabyad
blackblackأسودaswad
yellowyellowأصفرasghar
orangeorangeبرتقاليbortokali
redredأحمرahmar
pinkpinkورديwardi
violetvioletبنفسجيbanafsaji
blueblueأزرقazrak
greengreenأخضرakhdar
brownbrownأسمرasmar
greygreyرماديramadi

Appearance & attributes

EnglishArabicArabic
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
newجديدjadid
oldقديمkadim
smallصغيرsaghir
large / bigواسع
كبير
wasi'
kabir

youngشابchab
kind / pleasantلطيف
ممتع
latif
momti'

unkind / unpleasantقاس
غير سار
kasin
ghayr sar

patientصبورsabor
tall (when talking about people)طويلtawil
middle sized (when talking about people)متوسط الحجمmotawasit al hajm
small (when talking about people)صغيرةsaghira
fatسمينsamin
thin / slimرقيقة
سليم
rakika
slim

nice / prettyلطيفة
جميلة
latifa
jamila

beautifulجميلjamil
uglyقبيحkabih
ill / sickمريض
عليل
marid
'alil

healthyصحيsihi
happy / cheerfulسعيد
مرح
sa'id
marih

sadحزينhazin
sportyرياضيriyadi
ambitionedطموحtamoh
intelligentذكيdaki
creativeإبداعيebda'e
activeنشيطnachet
sentimentalعاطفيatifi
rationalعقلانيaklani
emotionalعاطفيatifi
naturalطبيعيtabi'i
romanticرومانسيromansi
nice / amiableلطيف
انيس
latif
anis

spontaneousعفويafwi
energeticنشيطnachit
stressed (out)يعاني من الضغط الشديدyo'ani min a daght a chadid
relaxedمرتاحmortah
frustratedمحبطmohbat
talentedموهوبmawhob

Questions & phrases

EnglishArabicArabic
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
What does he look like?كيف يبدو؟kayfa yabdo?
What does she look like?كيف تبدو؟kayfa tabdo?
What is he like?كيف هو؟kayfa howa?
What is she like?كيف هي؟kayfa hiya?

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