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Hi,
this is really basic question, I hope it's ok if I put it here...

I would like to know how to describe the color of someone's hair or eyes.
Here are the typical association we use in Italy.

Eyes and hair can be light/dark --> In English this is fair/dark.
Eyes: blue, light blue, green, hazel, light hazel, dark hazel, black.
Hair: white, gray, red, blond, hazel, light hazel, dark hazel, black.


What are the typical associations in English?
I'm afraid you don't use "black", at least weh referring to eyes. I read that black eyes is what you get after someone punches you, lol

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Honestly, I've never heard of "black eyes" to describe the iris - only dark brown.

Yes, a "black eye" is what you get when someone punches you, although I got one once when I got hit with by the door of my friend's locker in high school. (She had a picture of a really hot guy, and I bent down to look at him just as she went to slam it shut.) "Black" is a misnomer, though. It was green and yellow and purple Emotion: smile

Hair is not hazel. You also have strawberry blond, light brown, dark brown, chestnus, "salt and pepper" (when you are going gray)
Hi GG,
I see thanks.

Sorry to ask again, but I just want to be sure I understand...

All the associations I use in Italian are ok then, apart from hazel hair and black eyes?

Eyes: blue, light blue, green, hazel, light hazel, dark hazel, black.
Hair: white, gray, red, blond, hazel, light hazel, dark hazel, black.

Can I use "brown" for both eyes and hair?

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You sure can.

My younger daughter has light brown hair.

Also, auburn hair...

I'm not saying that you can't say someone has black eyes (versus "a black eye") it's just that I'm not sure I've seen eyes that are truly black.
Ok, thanks! Now I just have to find a way to remember what you just told me... Hmm, I guess I'll write it somewhere Emotion: smile
I think you can certainly describe someone as having black eyes.
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You can have "ginger" hair too.

I'm not sure many people would distinguish between light and dark hazel eyes.

Houris have black eyes. Eyes can also be violet; in photographs, red.

MrP
KhoffI think you can certainly describe someone as having black eyes.
Even if no one punched them? Emotion: wink

I see, thanks.
I really can't remember where I read that I had to say "dark eyes" when describing "black" eyes. Probably some weird grammar (all grammars are weird, btw). Whatever... Emotion: smile
Hi MrP,
my dictionary says "ginger hair" is BrE... I don't know if that's true anyway, you'll have to wait for the Yankees Emotion: wink

Anyway, I understand. I was most worried about "black", actually. I really had no idea if I could use it for hair and eyes, because I've always heard "dark".
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