Today, I’m going to tell you about the eyes in French, using the Sims.
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How do you Say Eyes in French?
So the French word for eyes is “les yeux”.
- Un oeil – one eye – has a strong liaison in N.
- L’oeil – the eye
Watch out for the French Pronunciation of Eyes
In the plural, you will almost always have a Z sound starting the word “z-yeux” because of the word which comes before it, and the liaison.
- Des yeux – eyes
- Les yeux – the eyes
- Deux yeux – two eyes
But this is pretty much true for all the words that would come before…
- Tes yeux – your eyes (for tu)
- Vos yeux – your eyes (for vous)
- Tes beaux yeux – your beautiful eyes (for tu)
- Ces yeux / ses yeux – these eyes / her-his eyes (same pronunciation for ces and ses in French)
So you may as well memorize the sound “zieu” for it.
12 French Eye Terms
In the eyes, we have:
- le blanc de l’oeil – the white part
- l’iris (say the final s) – the iris,
- la pupille – the pupil
- la prunelle – the pupil also. This word is mostly used in the expression “la prunelle de mes yeux” – ‘the apple of my eyes”:
Sa fille est le prunelle de ses yeux
His daughter is the apple of his eyes
- “un sourcil, des sourcils” – eyebrows. The final L is silent.
- La paupière – eyelid
- “un cil”, des “cils”, this time with the final L pronounced: the eye-lashes.
- les lunettes (f) – glasses
- les lunettes de vue (f) – prescription glasses
- les lunettes pour lire (f) – reading glasses
- les lunettes de soleil (f) – sunglasses
- les lentilles de contact (f)- contact lenses
11 Eye Colors in French
Now, let’s see some typical eye colors
Note the way we say “Her eyes are black, brown, blue etc…” is a bit different in French.
We can say “Ses yeux sont noirs, marron, bleus etc…” but in general, the construction: “Elle a les yeux noirs, marron, bleus etc… is more common.
- Elle a les yeux de quelle couleur ? What color are her eyes?
- De quelle couleur sont ses yeux ? What color are her eyes?
- Elle a les yeux noirs. Her eyes are black.
- Elle a les yeux marron. Her eyes are brown (no S for “marron”, it’s an irregular color adjective which is invariable = it never changes)
- Elle a les yeux verts. Her eyes are green.
- Elle a les yeux bleus. Her eyes are blue.
Now for some more unusual eye colors in French.
- Elle a les yeux noisette : un mélange de brun et de vert – she has hazel eyes, a mix of brown and green.
- Elle a les yeux gris-bleu – her eyes are grey blue
- Elle a les yeux bleu foncé – her eyes are dark blue
- Elle a les yeux bleu ciel – her eyes are “sky” blue (very light blue – you could also say “bleu clair”)
- Elle a les yeux bleu vert – here eyes are bluish green
Note that these adjectives are invariable: they are spelled without S although they refer to a plural noun.
All the rules about French adjectives are thoroughly explained in my audio lesson “Mastering French Adjectives”, exclusively available on French Today.com.
Eye Shapes – French Vocabulary
Now, let’s look at the shapes of the eyes.
Typically, an Asian person has:
- les yeux bridés – well, I’m not sure how to translate this in English to be politically correct… I think you may say slanted eyes in English, but in any case it is the term we use in French (in France anyway).
Someone from India may have:
- les yeux en amande – almond shape eyes
We also say:
- Elle a les yeux ronds – her eyes are round shaped
- Elle a de grands yeux – she has big / large eyes
- Elle louche – she is cross eyed (from loucher)
And Now It’s Your Turn!
- Et vous ? De quelle couleur sont vos yeux ? Est-ce que vous portez des lunettes ou des lentilles de contact ?
What about your? What color are your eyes? Do you wear glasses or contact lenses?
Answer this question in French in the comment section below – be careful with your adjectives!
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