Beauty can be found in nearly everything, including people, places, and inanimate objects. There is so much beauty that in Germany, there are over a dozen different ways to say beautiful in German. The German translation for beautiful will allow you to express what type and level of beauty you are describing, from cute, to pretty, to magnificent and even handsome. German has many synonyms and translations for expressions of beauty.
But of course, you might want to introduce yourself before telling someone they're beautiful! Let's get to it. What are the different ways to describe something beautiful in German?
Beautiful - schön
The important thing to know about using schön to describe beauty is that the same word can be used as a synonym and to imply many of beautiful's synonyms. Let's take a look.
|Thank you for the nice gift||Vielen Dank für das schöne Geschenk|
|We stayed at a hotel with lovely views||Wir übernachteten in einem Hotel mit schöner Aussicht|
|What a fine day!||Was für ein schöner Tag|
|We wish you a pleasant stay in Germany||Wir wünschen Ihnen einen schönen Aufenthalt in Deutschland|
Let's look at German's most common words and synonyms for beautiful. Keep in mind that these are direct translations of the words as they stand alone. When used in sentences, these adjectives may change completely or take on different suffixes, as we'll see later in the article in sentences and examples.
There may be times when you want to compliment a person for being beautiful or make a comment about something that's beautiful. Here are some ways to do just that!
|You are beautiful||Du bist schön|
|You look beautiful||Du siehst wunderschön aus|
|You are a beautiful woman||Sie sind eine schöne Frau|
|You are a beautiful person||Du bist eine wunderschöne Person|
|What a beautiful girl||Was für ein schönes Mädchen|
Obviously, objects and inanimate objects can be beautiful too! Here are a few examples of how to use beautiful in German to describe things.
|That song is beautiful||Das Lied ist wunderschön|
|The sunset last night was beautiful||Der Sonnenuntergang gestern Abend war wunderschön|
|Did you see that beautiful bird?||Hast du diesen schönen Vogel gesehen?|
|I had a beautiful dream last night||Ich hatte letzte Nacht einen wunderschönen Traum|
You must also know about the German adjective herrlich . Herrlich, and its various grammatical forms, is used to describe beautiful in its forms of gorgeous, splendid, or lovely. However, you only use herrlich when describing most inanimate objects, the weather, or the times you've had.
Here are some examples and translations:
|Wir haben eine herrliche Zeit zusammen verbracht||We have had a lovely time together|
|Es war ein herrlicher Wochenende||It was a gorgeous weekend|
|Die Aussicht auf die Berge ist herrlich||The views of the mountains are splendid|
Now you may not want to use beautiful all of the time. So how do you say someone or something is pretty in German?
|You are pretty||Du bist hübsch|
|She's such a pretty girl||Sie ist so ein hübsches Mädchen|
|That dress is really pretty||Das Kleid ist wirklich hübsch|
|Your hair looks pretty||Dein Haar sieht hübsch aus|
Or maybe you've met a woman or a girl whom you think is just really cute. In these sentences, you'll notice sweet (süß) is used instead of cute, but the meaning is the same. You might say:
|You are really cute||Du bist wirklich süß|
|That shirt is cute||Das Shirt ist süß|
|Your puppy is so cute!||Dein Welpe ist so süß|
|You are handsome||Du bist schön|
|You are a handsome man||Du bist ein gutaussehender Mann|
|You look gorgeous in that dress!||Du siehst wunderschön in dem Kleid!|
|Beautiful as always||Wunderschön wie immer|
|You have a gorgeous home||Du hast ein traumhaftes Zuhause|
|Beautiful backyard||Schöner Garten|
|That’s an incredible dress||Dein Kleid ist der Wahnsinn|
|Fabulous earrings||Wunderschöne Ohrringe|
|Gorgeous necklace Traumhaft schöne Kette||Traumhaft schöne Kette|
|Beautiful hairstyle Schöne Frisur||Schöne Frisur|
There are many ways to express beauty in German, and we also have a lesson on how to express love to your special someone in German. After reading this, you may be confused by all the grammatical changes to the suffixes (ends) of the words. It is also likely confusing why Germans switch out one synonym of beautiful for another. In order to really learn the ins and outs of describing beauty in German, you'll need to dedicate some time and begin learning and practicing German from the comfort of your own home.
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