Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Carlhya's Avatar
    Carlhya is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Mexico
      • Current Location:
      • Mexico
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    25
    Post Thanks / Like

    Vocabulary of appearance

    Hi! I have a question: how do you call the people whose skin is darker than Americans.
    Is it possible to say that a person is brown? or can you use brunette as to refer to hair and skin?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    33
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Vocabulary of appearance

    You have to be careful with what you say and who you say it to. No ethnic group that I know of would like to be called "brown". There are no "brown people" or "browns" in America.

    The term "black" is used more frequently to describe a person of African heritage, but the most accepted term is "African-American".

    "Brunette" is only used in reference to hair.

    Pat

  3. #3
    SoothingDave is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    10,343
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Vocabulary of appearance

    The preferred term today to encompass both blacks and Latinos is "persons of color."

  4. #4
    Carlhya's Avatar
    Carlhya is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Mexico
      • Current Location:
      • Mexico
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    25
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Vocabulary of appearance

    Thanks for the clarification...In fact, I want to know the term when you want to describe people. She's tall, she's thin and she's brunette. (She's Mexican) Maybe I could say the nationality instead of the color of the skin...What do you think? Would it be better?

  5. #5
    SoothingDave is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    10,343
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Vocabulary of appearance

    Latina.

  6. #6
    Barb_D's Avatar
    Barb_D is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    17,525
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Vocabulary of appearance

    We do refer to complexions, though. You could say someone has a dark complexion, an olive complexion, skin like cafe-au-lait, etc.


    To confuse matters, I have two coworkers whose skin tones pass each other in darkness depending on the time of year. My African-American friend is very light-skinned and wears sunscreen, while my Greek friend is a worships the sun and gets very dark. In August, she's actually darker.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

  7. #7
    Carlhya's Avatar
    Carlhya is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Mexico
      • Current Location:
      • Mexico
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    25
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Vocabulary of appearance

    Thanks everybody for your useful comments!!! Those are and will be really helpful!!!....

Similar Threads

  1. appearance
    By beachboy in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 27-Nov-2009, 10:18
  2. [General] appearance and look
    By vil in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 24-Oct-2009, 15:28
  3. appearance
    By Arefeh in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 17-Aug-2007, 21:21
  4. very first tv appearance on?
    By minnie2007 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 10-Jun-2007, 11:47
  5. appearance
    By robien74 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 25-Nov-2005, 01:31

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •