How would you describe your mother or father? Who is the tallest? Who is the funniest? Let's learn how to answer these questions, in German, starting off with some important vocabulary for family members.
Describing Family Members
Here is a description of a family:
In the exercise below, try to pair each illustration with the correct audio description.
@Component IMAGES - 4 images of families:
mother, father, 3 daughters, 1 son
two mothers, one son
mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, 2 daughters, 2 sons
single father, 1 daughter, 1 son
husband and wife, no children
@component: descriptions (component with audio, blurred out written german and blurred out english translation):
Well done! 🎉
The first part of this lesson is complete! Now, let's move on to how to describe people's appearances, in German.
Okay, now that we know what to call members of the family, in German, we can begin describing them.
Describing Facial Features
Describing A Person's Size & Shape
Talking About Age
More Description Phrases
When describing the appearance of something, an important verb to keep in mind is: aussehen, which means 'to appear / to look'. Oftentimes, you may find it handy to use the phrase:
@component sentence component - with eng trans and recording + example sentence:
X sieht ... aus / X looks ... / example sentence: Ich habe eine Schwester. Ihre Nase sieht dünn aus.
However, the phrase 'Er/Sie ist ...' may be more appropriate when describing certain things, such as size:
Es/Sie ist ... / He/She is ... / example sentence: Ich habe eine Schwester. She ist groß.
Let's try to use this phrase in some appearance descriptions:
4 IMAGES - of four family members (mother, father, grandfather, daughter)
Well done! 🎉
You are using appearance adjectives to describe family members! Now, let's learn how to describe their personalities.
Describing Someone's Personality
@component - word picker, complete the sentence, with images
Use the word picker to complete the sentence with the correct German description.
Ich habe eine Mutter. Sie ist funny. (witzig, locker, ehrgeizig) Ich habe einen Vater. Er ist crazy. (verrückt, introvertiert, ernst) Ich habe eine Schwester. Sie ist smart. (klug, schüchtern, gemein) Ich habe einen Großvater. Er ist approachable. (aufgeschlossen, locker, geduldig)
Describing People Exercise
Finally, let's combine appearance and personality descriptions! Here are some examples of complete descriptions of families. Carefully ready through them. It's okay if there are some words that are unfamiliar; try to infer the general meaning of each sentence, with the words you do understand. Then, complete the multi-choice quiz, to test your knowledge of the new vocabulary you have learned in this article!
@component IMAGES - 3 images of families: mother, father, 1 daughter, 2 sons two fathers, 1 daughter mother, father, grandmother, 1 son
@TEXT Now, try to answer these questions about the people & their families:
Well done! 🎉
You are starting to describe people's appearances and personalities, in German! Whenever you're ready, head over to the next lesson.