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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