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Today, I’m going to tell you about the eyes in French, using the Sims.
Un oeil, L’oeil, Des yeux, Les yeux – 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
French Pronunciation of Eyes in the Plural : Les Yeux
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.
Hair Over the Eyes – French Eye Vocabulary
Over les yeux, we have:
- “un sourcil, des sourcils” – eyebrows. The final L is silent.
Over the eye also, we have the eyelid:
- La paupière – eyelid
And then, another strange word :
- “un cil”, des “cils”, this time with the final L pronounced : the eye-lashes.
Typical Eye Colors French Vocabulary
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.
Nuanced Eye Colors French Vocabulary
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.
How do You Say Contact Lenses and Glasses in French?
Now, what about that ?
- Elle a les yeux roses.
I know this is not possible, so…
- “peut-être qu’elle porte des lentilles de contact”. Maybe she is wearing contact lenses.
If she needs to:
- elle peut aussi porter des lunettes de vue – she can also wear prescription glasses
- ou bien des lunettes de soleil – or sunglasses
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!
Learn French With the Sims – French Eye Vocabulary
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