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Adjectives are words that help us describe.
In Spanish, to describe a person’s physical appearance, we usually use a form of the verb ser (to be) or tener (to have).
To describe the personality of someone you know use ser. On the other hand, use parecer (to seem) if you don’t know the person you want to describe.
Adjectives for Physical Appearance
Some common Spanish adjectives to describe a person’s physical appearance are the following.
• guapo/a (handsome, beautiful)
• feo/a (ugly)
• alto/a (tall)
• delgado/a (thin)
• gordo/a (fat)
• fornido/a (well-built)
• moreno/a (having brown or black hair or skin)
• rubio/a (having blond hair)
• castaño/a (having brown hair)
In Spanish, adjectives must agree in gender and number with what they describe.
To learn about adjective agreement, visit the post called Adjective Agreement in Spanish: A Complete Guide.
Adjectives for Personality
The following are some of the most common adjectives used to describe personality.
• divertido/a (funny)
• aburrido/a (boring)
• abierto/a (open-minded)
• cerrado/a (close-minded)
• simpático/a (friendly)
• tímido/a (shy)
• serio/a (serious)
• inteligente (intelligent)
• sociable (sociable)
• amable (kind)
• agradable (pleasant)
• interesante (interesting)
To intensify any of the adjectives above you can use the word muy (very). Just make sure to place it before the adjective.
Spanish Adjectives Worksheet
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