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Useful Spanish vocabulary related to making physical descriptions in Spanish. This Spanish video lesson shows you how to use Spanish adjectives such as “grande” (big), “pequeño” (small) and the colours when decribing your own, or someone elses, physical appearance. Learning how to use the Spanish adjectives correctly is an important lesson as they are placed in the opposite position to English adjectives. For example, if you want to say “blond hair” in Spanish you need to really say: “hair blond” (“pelo rubio”). If you are an English speaker then this will, of course, be a little tricky for you at first, but in my experience with my own English speaking Spanish students it is never a big deal and something that is overcome relatively quickly. Try to make a long list of the Spanish adjectives you learn and refer back to them regularly to keep them fresh in your mind. For this Spanish lesson it is vital to be up to speed with the colours in Spanish, parts of the body in Spanish and relevant body adjectives in Spanish such as “big”, “small”, “tall”, “short”, “fat” and “thin”.

Lesson notes:

Ojos: eyes
Pelo: hair
Boca: mouth
Nariz: nose
Orejas: ears
Ojos azules: blue eyes
Ojos marrones: brown eyes
Ojos verdes: green eyes
Pelo rubio: blond hair
Pelo castaño: brown hair
Pelo moreno: dark hair
Pelo pelirrojo: ginger hair
Pelo canoso: grey hair
Pelo largo: long hair
Pelo corto: short hair
Grande: big
Pequeño: small
Boca grande: big mouth
Boca pequeña: small mouth
Nariz grande: big nose
Nariz pequeña: small nose
Orejas grandes: big ears
Orejas pequeñas: small ears
Alto / alta: tall
Bajo / baja: short
Gordo / Gorda: fat
Delgado / delgada: slim

Activity:

Translate the following…

Green eyes:
Small mouth
Big ears:
Tall (for a woman):
Slim (for a man):

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Clara tiene dos hijos y una hija.
José tiene treinta y ocho años.
No, Clara no tiene hermanos.

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