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

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Chinese (Mandarin)“.

Basic Words & Phrases: Colors

Colors

EnglishChineseChinese
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
light / clear
清除
guāng
qīng chú

darkhēi
colorcolor颜色yán sè
coloredcolored彩色的cǎi sè de
whitewhite白色bái sè
blackblack黑色hēi sè
yellowyellow黄色huáng sè
orangeorangechéng
redred红色hóng sè
pinkpink粉红色fěn hóng sè
violetviolet紫罗兰色zǐ luó lán sè
blueblue蓝色lán sè
greengreen绿色lǜ sè
brownbrown棕色zōng sè
greygrey灰色huī sè

Appearance & attributes

EnglishChineseChinese
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
new新增功能xīn zēng gōng néng
oldlǎo
smallxiǎo
large / big
young年轻nián qīng
kind / pleasant善良
愉快
shàn liáng
yú kuài

unkind / unpleasant不客气
令人不快
bú kè qì
lìng rén bú kuài

patient耐心nài xīn
tall (when talking about people)gāo
middle sized (when talking about people)中型zhōng xíng
small (when talking about people)xiǎo
fatféi
thin / slim
苗条
shòu
miáo tiáo

nice / pretty好的
漂亮的
hǎo de
piāo liàng de

beautiful美丽měi lì
uglychǒu
ill / sick不舒服
生病
bú shū fú
shēng bìng

healthy健康jiàn kāng
happy / cheerful幸福
快乐
xìng fú
kuài lè

sad悲伤bēi shāng
sporty运动型的yùn dòng xíng de
ambitioned想要xiǎng yào
intelligent聪明cōng míng
creative创意chuàng yì
active活跃huó yuè
sentimental感伤gǎn shāng
rational理性lǐ xìng
emotional情感qíng gǎn
natural自然zì rán
romantic浪漫làng màn
nice / amiable好的
和蔼可亲的
hǎo de
hé ǎi kě qīn de

spontaneous自发性zì fā xìng
energetic充满活力chōng mǎn huó lì
stressed (out)强调qiáng diào
relaxed放松fàng sōng
frustrated沮丧jǔ sàng
talented有才华yǒu cái huá

Questions & phrases

EnglishChineseChinese
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
What does he look like?他长得什么样子?tā zhǎng dé shí me yàng zǐ ?
What does she look like?她长得什么样子?tā zhǎng dé shí me yàng zǐ ?
What is he like?他像是什么?tā xiàng shì shí me ?
What is she like?她喜欢什么?tā xǐ huān shí me ?
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