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

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

Basic Words & Phrases: Colors

Colors

EnglishGermanPronunciation
(Audio)
light / clearhell
klar

darkdunkel
colorcolorFarbe
coloredcoloredbunt
whitewhiteweiß
blackblackschwarz
yellowyellowgelb
orangeorangeorange
redredrot
pinkpinkpink
violetvioletviolett
blueblueblau
greengreengrün
brownbrownbraun
greygreygrau

Appearance & attributes

EnglishGermanPronunciation
(Audio)
newneu
oldalt
smallklein
large / biggroß
youngjung
kind / pleasantlieb
freundlich
nett


unkind / unpleasantunfreundlich
gemein

patientgeduldig
tall (when talking about people)groß
middle sized (when talking about people)mittelgroß
small (when talking about people)klein
fatdick
thin / slimdünn
schlank

nice / prettyhübsch
beautifulschön
wunderschön

uglyhässlich
ill / sickkrank
healthygesund
happy / cheerfulfröhlich
sadtraurig
sportysportlich
ambitionedambitioniert
intelligentintelligent
creativekreativ
activeaktiv
sentimentalsentimental
rationalrational
emotionalemotional
naturalnatürlich
romanticromantisch
nice / amiablesympathisch
spontaneousspontan
energeticenergisch
stressed (out)gestresst
relaxedentspannt
frustratedfrustriert
talentedtalentiert

Questions & phrases

EnglishGermanPronunciation
(Audio)
What does he look like?Wie sieht er aus?
What does she look like?Wie sieht sie aus?
What is he like?Wie ist er (so)?
What is she like?Wie ist sie (so)?
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