Description of people

When we want to describe people, we can concentrate on two different aspects:

1.- Physical description, what they look like.

2.- Personality description, what they are like

DESCRIPCIÓN FÍSICA (Physical description)

To describe someone’s physical appearance we normally use the verbs SER (to be) and TENER (to have). We can also use LLEVAR (to wear/carry) to describe additional elements that affect their physical appearance but are removable such as glasses.

Ser + Adjetivo

To Be + Adjective

alto/a bajo/a tall short
gordo/a delgado/a fat thin
guapo/a feo/a handsome /pretty ugly
rubio/a moreno/a blond brown/brunette
fuerte débil strong weak


Tener + nombre To Have + Adjective
pelo claro/oscuro hair light/dark






ojos grandes/pequeños eyes big/small


  azules/verdes/negros/marrones   blue/green/black/brown
nariz grande/pequeña/larga nose big/small/long
  respingona   upturned
  ancha/fina   wide/narrow
boca grande/pequeña mouth big/small
  de labios gruesos/finos   big/thin lipped
orejas grandes/pequeñas ears big/small

Llevar + nombre

To wear + noun

gafas glasses
sombrero hat
bolso handbag
lentillas contact lenses
gafas de sol sunglasses

DESCRIPCIÓN DE PERSONALIDAD (Description of personality)

To describe someone’s personality we normally use the verb SER (to be) to talk about clear characteristics of that person. However, we can sometimes describe states of mind which are temporary such as being sad and so on. To describe those temporary states of mind we use the verb ESTAR (to be).

Ser + adjetivo To be + adjective
simpático/a antipático/a nice not nice
agradable desagradable agreeable unkind
alegre triste happy sad
abierto/a tímido/a outgoing shy
amable desagradable kind unkind
educado/a maleducado/a polite impolite
gracioso/a serio/a funny serious
inteligente tonto/a intelligent silly


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