#27 // Describing​ people in Spanish


Hola a todos,

It’s martes again, so that can only mean one thing. It’s time again for your weekly dose of español, courtesy of Diary of a Spanglish Girl! Let’s talk about la gente!

With this quick guide, I hope it will give you some understanding of the words and phrases to use when describing the appearance and personality of people.

Perhaps somebody is kind or generous and you want to give them an appraisal at the hotel or bar you’re at or perhaps somebody has been rude and ignorant and you want to make a complaint. Being able to use keywords to describe their actions and their appearance, to get the right person, has never been easier!

When describing people, a general rule is that you change the o to an a if the person is a female.

Useful Words – Personality Traits

Aburrido – boring

Agradable – pleasant

Alegre – joyful

Amable – kind

Ambicioso – ambitious

Amigable – friendly

Atento – attentive

Atrevido – sassy

Celoso – jealous

Considerado – considerate

Cuidadoso – careful

Curioso – curious

Débil – weak

Dependiente – dependent

Deprimido – depressed

Desaliñado – untidy

Desconfiado – untrustworthy

Desconsiderado – inconsiderate

Descuidado – careless

Discreto – discreet

Distante – distant

Distraído – absent-minded

Divertido – funny

Eficiente – efficiente

Goísta – selfish

Elegante – elegant

Enfadado – annoyed

Engreído – arrogant

Fiable – reliable

Generoso – generous

Gracioso – amusing

Gruñón – grumpy

Hábil – skillful

Hermoso – beautiful

Holgazán – slacker

Impaciente – impatient

Impulsivo – impulsive

Independiente – independent

Insensible – insensitive

Inteligente – intelligent

Interesante – interesting

Juguetón – playful

Listo – clever

Maduro – mature

Malicioso – mischievous

Malo – mean

Mentiroso – liar

Paciente – patient

Useful Phrases to Describe People

Lucia tiene pelo largo. – Lucia has long hair.

Alvaro tiene pelo corto. – Alvaro has short hair.

Él tiene pelo lacio. – He has straight hair.

Ella tiene pelo rizado. – She has curly hair.

Pedro tiene pelo castaño. – Pedro has brown hair.

Marta tiene pelo rubio. – Marta has blonde hair.

Ellos tienen ojos marrones. – They have brown eyes.

Ellos tienen ojos azules. – They have blue eyes.

Yo tengo piel morena. – I am dark-skinned.

Tienes piel blanca. – You are fair-skinned.

Ella es baja. – She is short.

Él es gordo. – He is fat.

Soy delgada. – I am thin.

Eres alto. – You’re tall.

Él tiene la nariz grande. – He has a big nose.

Él tiene la curva de la felicidad – He has a beer belly. (meaning he has a curve of happiness!)

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This guide is a free blog series. This information has been picked up by practising speaking with locals in the Comunidad Valenciana area. Any resemblance to any book, guide or learning Spanish resources, is purely coincidental. This guide is not intended as a substitute for other resources or teaching. This guide does not guarantee fluency in Spanish.

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Hola! I'm Lauren ("Loh - run") — A twenty-something, engaged, English girl living on the Costa Blanca, obsessed with travel, love and elephants.

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