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

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

Basic Words & Phrases: Colors

Colors

EnglishDutchPronunciation
(Audio)
light / clearlicht / helder
darkdonker
colorcolorkleur
coloredcoloredbont / gekleurd
whitewhitewit
blackblackzwart
yellowyellowgeel
orangeorangeoranje
redredrood
pinkpinkroze
violetvioletpaars
blueblueblauw
greengreengroen
brownbrownbruin
greygreygrijs

Appearance & attributes

EnglishDutchPronunciation
(Audio)
newnieuw
oldoud
smallklein
large / biggroot
youngjong
kind / pleasantprettig
unkind / unpleasantonaardig
patientgeduldig
tall (when talking about people)lang
middle sized (when talking about people)middelgroot
small (when talking about people)klein
fatDik
thin / slimdun / slank
nice / prettyvrij
beautifulmooi / aardig
uglylelijk
ill / sickziek
healthygezond
happy / cheerfulvrolijk
sadverdrietig
sportysportief
ambitionedambitieus
intelligentintelligent
creativecreatief
activeactief
sentimentalsentimenteel
rationalrationeel
emotionalemotioneel
naturalnatuurlijk
romanticromantisch
nice / amiablesympathiek
spontaneousspontaan
energeticenergiek
stressed (out)gestrest
relaxedontspannen
frustratedgefrustreerd
talentedgetalenteerd

Questions & phrases

EnglishDutchPronunciation
(Audio)
What does he look like?Hoe ziet hij eruit?
What does she look like?Hoe ziet zij eruit?
What is he like?Hoe is hij?
What is she like?Hoe is zij?
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