Personal descriptions

Describing people’s height

To describe people’s size, use a form of être (to be) and then the adjective, which usually ‎changes its ending depending on whether the person is masculine or feminine.‎

  • je suis - I am
  • il/elle est - he/she is
  • grand (e) - tall
  • petit (e) - small
  • de taille moyenne - average height
  • assez/très - quite/very

Example

  • Ma mère est assez grande - My mum is quite tall.

You can use intensifiers (words that add ‘force’ to an adjective) such as ‎très (very) and assez (quite) to add more information.‎

  • Je suis très grand(e) - I am very tall.‎
  • Mon grand-père est assez petit - My grandfather is quite short.‎

Comparing people’s heights

To compare two people, use the following sentence structure:‎

Person one + a form of être (to be)‎more / less + adjectivethan/as‎person two‎
Je suis (I am)plus grand(e)‎ ‎(taller)‎que ‎(than)‎mon frère (my brother)‎
Ma sœur est (My sister is)moins grande ‎‎(less tall / not as tall)‎que ‎(than/as‎‎)‎ma mère (my mum)‎

Describing hair

To talk about your hair, use a form of avoir (to have), followed by les cheveux (hair) and ‎then give the colour or another adjective to describe your hair.

  • J’ai les cheveux bruns - I have brown hair.‎
  • Il a les cheveux bruns et frisés - He has brown, curly hair. ‎

If you want to use more than one adjective to describe your hair, use et before the last ‎adjective:‎

  • J’ai les cheveux blonds, longs et bouclés - I have long, blond, wavy hair.‎

The adjectives all need to have an ‘s’ on the end, as les cheveux is masculine and plural, ‎except roux and gris, as they don’t change when masculine and plural.‎

FrenchEnglish‎
j'ai les cheveux …‎I have … hair
il / elle a les cheveux …‎he / she has … hair
brunsbrown
noirsblack
rouxred / ginger
blondsblond
grisgrey
longslong
courtsshort
raidesstraight
boucléswavy
friséscurly
Il a les cheveux bruns et frisés

Describing eye colour

To talk about eye colour, use j’ai (I have) or il a/elle a (he has/she has), followed by les ‎yeux (eyes) and then give the colour.‎

The adjectives all need to have an ‘s’ on the end, as les yeux is masculine and plural, ‎except marron, noisette and gris, as they don’t change when used in the masculine and ‎plural.‎

  • J’ai les yeux verts - I have green eyes.‎
  • J’ai les yeux marron - I have brown eyes.‎
FrenchEnglish
j’ai les yeux …‎ I have … eyes
il / elle a les yeux …‎he / she has … eyes
bleusblue
marronbrown
vertsgreen
grisgrey
noisettehazel

Other features

Here are some extra features that you can talk about:

More features - vocabulary list
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Describing clothes

Here is a list of key vocabulary on clothing:

Clothing - vocabulary list
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Describing personalities

There are lots of adjectives you can use to talk about people’s personalities.

To describe someone, remember to use the correct part of verb être. Some adjectives change their spellings to describe someone female. Usually, you add an ‘e’ to the adjective to describe a female person. Remember to add 's' for plurals.

  • Mes grands-mères sont bavardes - My grandmothers are chatty.

Here are some great adjectives you can use to describe people’s personalities:‎

MasculineFeminineEnglish
amusantamusantefunny / fun
bavardbavardechatty
intéressantintéressanteinteresting
strictstrictestrict
sportifsportivesporty
créatifcréativecreative
travailleurtravailleusehard-working
paresseuxparesseuselazy
ennuyeuxennuyeuseboring
gentilgentillekind
sympasympanice
drôledrôlefunny
timidetimideshy

Quiz

Watch the video and find out how much you know about describing people in French in this short quiz.‎