Descriptive adjectives

Descriptive adjectives

Learning Objectives 

  • Understand descriptive adjectives and agreement rules (gender and number)
  • Be able to use common adjectives in sentences
  • Learn the basics of description (appearance and personality)

Supplemental resources: more descriptive adjectives

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Key Words & Phrases


What is an adjective

Position of adjectives

Adjectives and gender

Describing people

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Straight-through-the-Channel: Position of adjectives

Straight-through-the-Channel: Adjectives and agreements

Français Immersion: Physical description


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Simple French: French adjectives

Lawless French: Describing appearance

Lawless French: Describing personality

Podcast Français Facile: list of common descriptive adjectives list of descriptive adjectives

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Learn French with Alexa: practice adjectives

To Learn French: practice agreements

Using one of the recommended resources to get writing feedback, respond to the prompt below. 

You are talking about personalities and appearance with your new pen pal Antoine on your language app. Describe yourself, in as much detail as possible (you can make things up, Antoine won’t be checking!). You can use an online dictionary to find the vocabulary you need.

Using one of the platforms for finding a tutor or language exchange partner, practice the speaking activities below. 

Partner Speaking Exercise:

Pick a famous person or character and ask your French-speaking partner to describe them. Then, ask your partner to pick a famous person or character for you, and describe them.

Independent Speaking Exercise:

  • Practice descriptions by describing yourself.
  • Choose two characters from your favorite book, film, or series (try to find one identifying as male and one as female). Describe their appearance and personality.

You can find instructions and a download link in our flashcards module

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