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

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

Basic Words & Phrases: Colors

Colors

EnglishFrenchPronunciation
(Audio)
light / clearlumière / clair
darksombre
colorcolorcouleur
coloredcoloredcoloré
whitewhiteblanc
blackblacknoir
yellowyellowjaune
orangeorangeorange
redredrouge
pinkpinkrose
violetvioletviolet
bluebluebleu
greengreenvert
brownbrownbrun
greygreygris

Appearance & attributes

EnglishFrenchPronunciation
(Audio)
newnouveau
oldvieux
smallpetit
large / biggrand / gros
youngjeune
kind / pleasantgenre / agréable
unkind / unpleasantméchant / désagréable
patientpatient
tall (when talking about people)haut
middle sized (when talking about people)taille moyenne
small (when talking about people)petit
fatgraisse
thin / slimmince
nice / prettyjoli(e)
beautifulbeau
uglylaid
ill / sickmalade / malade
healthysain
happy / cheerfulheureux / joyeux
sadtriste
sportysportif
ambitionedambitionnait
intelligentintelligent
creativecréatif
activeactif
sentimentalsentimental
rationalrationnel
emotionalémotionnel
naturalnaturel
romanticromantique
nice / amiablesympathique
spontaneousspontané
energeticénergique
stressed (out)souligné (sur)
relaxeddétendu
frustratedfrustré
talentedtalentueux

Questions & phrases

EnglishFrenchPronunciation
(Audio)
What does he look like?À quoi ressemble-t'il?
What does she look like?Que veut-elle ressembler?
What is he like?Comment est-il?
What is she like?Comment est-elle?
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