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

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

Basic Words & Phrases: Colors


light / clear [Sg]selvä

light / clear [Pl]selkeät

dark [Sg]pimeä

dark [Pl]pimeät

colorcolor [Sg]väri
colors [Pl]värit
coloredcolored [Sg]värillinen
colored [Pl]värilliset
whitewhite [Sg]valkoinen
white [Pl]valkoiset
blackblack [Sg]musta
black [Pl]mustat
yellowyellow [Sg]keltainen
yellow [Pl]keltaiset
orangeorange [Sg]oranssi
orange [Pl]oranssit
redred [Sg]punainen
red [Pl]punaiset
pinkpink [Sg]vaaleanpunainen

pink [Pl]vaaleanpunaiset

violetviolet [Sg]violetti
violet [Pl]violetit
blueblue [Sg]sininen
blue [Pl]siniset
greengreen [Sg]vihreä
green [Pl]vihreät
brownbrown [Sg]ruskea
brown [Pl]ruskeat
greygrey [Sg]harmaa
grey [Pl]harmaat

Appearance & attributes

new [Sg]uusi
new [Pl]uudet
old [Sg]vanha
old [Pl]vanhat
small [Sg]pieni
small [Pl]pienet
large / big [Sg]iso

large / big [Pl]isot

young [Sg]nuori
young [Pl]nuoret
kind / pleasant [Sg]kiltti
kind / pleasant [Pl]kiltit
unkind / unpleasant [Sg]epäystävällinen

unkind / unpleasant [Pl]epäystävälliset

patient [Sg]kärsivällinen
patient [Pl]kärsivälliset
tall (When talking about people) [Sg]pitkä
tall (When talking about people) [Pl]pitkät
middle sized (When talking about people) [Sg]keskipitkä

middle sized (When talking about people) [Pl]keskipitkät

small (When talking about people) [Sg]lyhyt

small (When talking about people) [Pl]lyhyet

fat [Sg]lihava
fat [Pl]lihavat
thin / slim [Sg]laiha
thin / slim [Pl]laihat
nice / pretty [Sg]sievä
nice / pretty [Pl]sievät
beautiful [Sg]kaunis
beautiful [Pl]kauniit
ugly [Sg]ruma
ugly [Pl]rumat
ill / sick [Sg]sairas
ill / sick [Pl]sairaat
healthy [Sg]terve
healthy [Pl]terveet
happy / cheerful [Sg]iloinen
happy / cheerful [Pl]iloiset
sad [Sg]surullinen
sad [Pl]surulliset
sporty [Sg]urheilullinen
sporty [Pl]urheilulliset
ambitioned [Sg]kunnianhimoinen
ambitioned [Pl]kunnianhimoiset
intelligent [Sg]älykäs
intelligent [Pl]älykkäät
creative [Sg]luova
creative [Pl]luovat
active [Sg]aktiivinen
active [Pl]aktiiviset
sentimental [Sg]sentimentaalinen
sentimental [Pl]sentimentaaliset
rational [Sg]järkevä
rational [Pl]järkevät
emotional [Sg]tunteellinen
emotional [Pl] tunteelliset
natural [Sg]luonnollinen
natural [Pl]luonnolliset
romantic [Sg]romanttinen
romantic [Pl]romanttiset
nice / amiable [Sg]ystävällinen

nice / amiable [Pl]ystävälliset

spontaneous [Sg]spontaani
spontaneous [Pl]spontaanit
energetic [Sg]energinen
energetic [Pl]energiset
stressed (out) [Sg]stressaantunut
stressed (out) [Pl]stressaantuneet
relaxed [Sg]rentoutunut
relaxed [Pl]rentoutuneet
frustrated [Sg]turhautunut
frustrated [Pl]turhautuneet
talented [Sg]lahjakas
talented [Pl]lahjakkaat

Questions & phrases

What does he look like? [Sg]Miltä hän näyttää?
What does he look like? [Pl]Miltä he näyttävät?
What does she look like? [Sg]Miltä hän näyttää?
What does she look like? [Pl]Miltä he näyttävät?
What is he like? [Sg]Millainen hän on?
Minkälainen hän on?

What is he like? [Pl]Millaisia he ovat?
Minkälaisia he ovat?

What is she like? [Sg]Millainen hän on?
Minkälainen hän on?

What is she like? [Pl]Millaisia he ovat?
Minkälaisia he ovat?

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