Descriptions in Spanish
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Setting up an online dating profile, talking to friends about someone you met, bragging about a new baby, and telling the police about a suspect have one thing in common: physical descriptions. Learn all the Spanish vocabulary you need to describe the most common physical characteristics.

Asking for a description

To ask what a person looks like, you need the verb ser (to be):

¿Cómo es?
¿Qué tal es?
 What's s/he like?

Giving a description

When describing someone, the verb you need depends on which characteristic you’re talking about. General characteristics need ser.

Él/Ella es… S/He is…
alto tall
bajo short
bonita pretty
bronceado tanned
delgado thin
feo ugly
gordo fat
guapo handsome

When describing a specific part of the body, you need the verb tener (to have).

Él/Ella tiene… S/He has…
ojosgarzos hazeleyes
 morenos brown 
 ojosazules blue 
 verdes green 
canas grey hair
pelocorto shorthair
 largo long 
 liso straight 
 marrón brown 
 moreno dark 
 negro black 
 ondulado wavy 
 rizado curly 
 rojo red 
 rubio blond 
hoyuelos  dimples 
pecas  freckles 

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