So let’s talk about facial hair in French!
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1 – Hairs in French = Les Poils
Hairs on the face or body are called “les poils”.
- Un poil, des poils”. The L is pronounced.
2 – Hair Versus Hairs in French
The hair on the top of your head has a specific name in French: “les cheveux”.
In English, you use it in the singular.
- His hair is short and red.
but this type of hair is usually used in the plural in French. So you have to be careful to do a plural agreement with your French verbs, French adjectives and French articles.
- Ses cheveux sont courts et roux.
3 – Learn Facial Hair Vocabulary in French
Now, let’s look at facial hair (les poils du visage).
First, we have
- Un sourcil, des sourcils.
It’s spelled with an L which is silent.
Then, over “les yeux” (the eyes), we have “des cils”.
- “Un cil, des cils”.
This time, the L is pronounced. Go figure….
4 – Beard French Vocabulary
In the video below, my Sim is wearing:
- “Une barbe”. Une grosse barbe.
A beard. A large beard.
He could have
- “Une barbe légère, une barbe d’un jour”.
A light beard, one day beard
- “Il est mal rasé”
He is badly shaved if this is not intentional.
- Une barbe de trois jours : une barbe courte.
A three day beard: a short beard – a stubble
- Une barbe fine, bien sculptée.
A thin beard, well sculpted.
- Une barbichette , un bouc” and it’s very fashionable to use the English words “un goatee”.
- Un timbre, une mouche – just a bit of hair under the lips – a soul patch.
5 – Moustache French Vocabulary
He could also only have une moustache.
- Une petite moustache.
A small moustache.
- Une grosse moustache.
A large moustache.
And who wears “des favoris” nowadays, except Wolverine ?
They are also called in French “une rouflaquette, des rouflaquettes”.
Sideburns, mutton chops.
The part which is close to the hair, is called “une patte”, des pattes”. (sideburns)
And of course, he could be
- “très bien rasé” – clean shaved.
6 – Video of French Facial Hair Vocabulary Using the Sims
And now, let’s see a video featuring the French vocabulary about facial hair, and using The Sims 4.
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