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

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

Basic Words & Phrases: Colors

Colors

EnglishItalianPronunciation
(Audio)
light / clearLuce
chiaro

darkscuro
colorcolorcolore
coloredcoloredcolorato
whitewhitebianco
blackblacknero
yellowyellowgiallo
orangeorangearancione
redredrosso
pinkpinkrosa
violetvioletviola
blueblueblu
greengreenverde
brownbrownmarrone
greygreygrigio

Appearance & attributes

EnglishItalianPronunciation
(Audio)
newnuovo
oldvecchio
smallpiccolo
large / biggrande
ampio

younggiovane
kind / pleasantgentile
piacevole

unkind / unpleasantscortese
spiacevole

patientpaziente
tall (when talking about people)alto
middle sized (when talking about people)di taglia media
small (when talking about people)piccolo
fatgrasso
thin / slimsottile
magro

nice / prettycarino
bello

beautifulbello
uglybrutto
ill / sickammalato
malato

healthysano
happy / cheerfulfelice
allegro

sadtriste
sportysportivo
ambitionedambito
intelligentintelligente
creativecreativo
activeattivo
sentimentalsentimentale
rationalrazionale
emotionalemotivo
naturalnaturale
romanticromantico
nice / amiablegentile
amabile

spontaneousspontaneo
energeticenergetico
stressed (out)ansioso
relaxedrilassato
frustratedfrustrato
talentedtalentuoso

Questions & phrases

EnglishItalianPronunciation
(Audio)
What does he look like?A cosa assomiglia?
What does she look like?A cosa assomiglia?
What is he like?Com'è lui?
What is she like?Com'è Lei?

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