How to Say Tall in Chinese

How to Describe people in Chinese 1-on-1 online lessons at tutormandarin

How to Describe people in Chinese 1-on-1 online lessons at tutormandarin

Do you remember the lady who sits across you in the metro last night? Or the man who stand next to you on the bus this morning? What does he or she look like? Is he tall? Is her hair blond? With long curly hair? Wearing glasses or earrings? Don’t worry, this is not a memory test. Today, we’ll teach you how to describe people in Chinese. How they look, their hair, their eye color, their nose, their height, their body shape….etc.

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Describing Hair   头发 Tóufǎ

Long/ short hair 长/ 短 发 zhǎng/ duǎn fā
Straight/ curly / wavy hair 直/ 卷/ 波浪 发 zhí/ juǎn/ bōlàng fā
Brown/ black/ blond/red hair 咖啡色/ 黑色/ 金色/ 红色 头发 kāfēisè/ hēisè/ jīnsè/ hóngsè tóufǎ
Pony tail 马尾 mǎwěi
bald/ crew, buzz cut/ bareheaded 秃头/ 平头/ 光头 tūtóu/ píngtóu/ guāngtóu


She has beautiful long black hair.

她留着一头乌黑的长发

Tā liúzhe yītóu wūhēi de cháng fā

His brother got a buzz cut a few days ago.

他哥哥前几天理了平头

Tā gēgē qián jǐ tiān lǐle píngtóu

Describing Eyes   眼睛   Yǎnjīng

Big / small Eyes 大/ 小眼睛 Dà/ xiǎo yǎnjīng
Double/ single eyelids 双/ 单眼皮 shuāng/ dānyǎnpí
Blue/ brown/ black/ gray eyes 蓝色/ 棕色/ 黑色/ 灰色 眼睛 lán sè/ zōngsè/ hēisè/ huīsè yǎnjīng
Long/ short eyelashes 眼睫毛很长/ 很短 yǎnjiémáo hěn zhǎng/ hěn duǎn
Thick/ thin eyebrow 浓/ 细眉 nóng/ xì méi


His sister has a pair of big brown eyes.

他姊姊有着一双棕色的大眼睛

Tā jiě jie yǒuzhe yīshuāng zōngsè de dà yǎnjīng

With his thick eyebrows and big eyes with double eyelashes, girls always fall for him.

有着浓眉大眼和双眼皮的他,总是迷倒许多女生

Yǒuzhe nóngméi dà yǎn hé shuāng yǎnpí de tā, zǒng shì mí dào xǔduō nǚshēng

Describing Nose, Mouth, Ears

鼻子, 嘴巴, 耳朵   Bízi, zuǐba, ěrduo

Big/ small nose 大/ 小 鼻子 Dà/ xiǎo bízi
Straight/ flat nose 鼻子挺/ 塌 bízi tǐng/ tā
Big/ small mouth 大/ 小 嘴巴 dà/ xiǎo zuǐba
Beard/ mustache 胡子 húzi
Big/ small ears 大/ 小 耳朵 dà/ xiǎo ěrduo

His dad has a straight nose and bushy beard.

他爸爸有着直挺的鼻子和浓密的胡须

Tā bàba yǒuzhe zhí tǐng de bízi hé nóngmì de húxū

Describing Height, Body Shape

身高, 体型   Shēngāo, tǐxíng

Tall/ short 高/ 矮 Gāo/ ǎi
Fat/ skinny/ fit/ strong 胖/ 瘦/ 健康/ 强壮 pàng/ shòu/ jiànkāng/ qiángzhuàng
Tanned/ White 黑/ 白 hēi/ bái

She has two brothers, one is taller and skinnier. The other is shorter and fatter.

她有两个哥哥,一个哥哥比较高、比较瘦,另一个比较矮也比较胖

Tā yǒu liǎng gè gēgē, yīgè gēgē bǐjiào gāo bǐjiào shòu, lìng yīgè bǐjiào ǎi yě bǐjiào pàng

Other useful descriptions

Wearing glasses 戴眼镜 Dài yǎnjìng
Wearing earrings 戴耳环 Dài ěrhuán
Wearing a hat/ cap 戴帽子 Dài màozi

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