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How to say all Colors in French: What is the list of colors in French with Examples

How to say all Colors in French: What is the list of colors in French with Examples

  1. Introduction – How to learn all the different colors in French ?
  2. What is the list of colors in French with examples?
  3. What are the list of advanced colors in French with examples?
  4. What are the Colors of the Rainbow in French with examples?
  5. Can I use Colors as Adjectives in French?
  6. What are the different Mixed Colors in French?
  7. What is your favorite color in French?

Introduction to list of Colors in French – How to learn the all the different colors in French?

The list of colors in French is one of the most basic and important lists that you would need to know as a beginner in the French language.

list of colors in French
list of colors in French

You might have to point at something and say “I want to buy the red plate” or “The sky is so blue today” or “My car is bright red” or “I would like a dark / light beer”. This is part of the basic vocabulary list of colors in French.

You absolutely need to learn colors in French as it is likely that you will come across words on a daily basis, whether you are working or studying or having a simple conversation.

  • An IT consultant might say “Make the button Red in color”
  • A doctor might tell you “Your skin looks a bit yellow”
  • A taxi driver might tell you, “Oktoberfest is so colorful.”
  • You might order a “dark beer” in a restaurant
  • You might have to say to your hair stylist, “I want mahogany steaks on my hair”

Wherever you go, you need to use the colors in French in your sentences one way or another.

 

What is the list of basic colors in French or the list of primary colors in French with examples?

These are the most basic set of colors in French which you will commonly use. There are many examples given which will teach you how to use the French colors for different scenarios

list of basic colors in French
list of basic colors in French
English French English French
yellow jaune Banana is yellow. La banane est jaune.
blue bleu The sea is blue La mer est bleue
white blanc I have a white shirt J’ai une chemise blanche
brown brun The brown bear is angry L’ours brun est en colère
orange orange He likes his orange shoes Il aime ses chaussures orange
black noir My brother has black hair. Mon frère a les cheveux noirs.
red rouge The frenchman likes red wine. Le Français aime le vin rouge.
pink rose His daughter has a pink bag. Sa fille a un sac rose.
green vert The leaves are green. Les feuilles sont vertes.
Grey Gris The grey suit is expensive. Le costume gris est cher.

 

What are the list of advanced colors in French with examples?

Now let us dive into the more interesting world of colors. There are hundreds of shades of colors and we might use many of them frequently if not on a daily basis.

Let us learn how to say the colors in French with some examples.

list of advanced colors in French
list of advanced colors in French
English French English French
indigo indigo The Indigo ink is expensive. L’encre indigo est chère.
beige beige I hate beige and I love yellow. Je déteste le beige et j’aime le jaune.
khaki kaki The Indian police mean wears a Khakhi shirt. La moyenne de la police indienne porte une chemise Khakhi.
cyan cyan I lost my Cyan colorpencil. J’ai perdu mon crayon de couleur Cyan.
maroon marron My daughter likes her maroon doll Ma fille aime sa poupée marron
purple violet We own that purple car. Nous possédons cette voiture violette.
violet violet Violet rubies and green emaralds are gorgeous. Les rubis violets et les émaraudes vertes sont magnifiques.

 

What are the Colors of the Rainbow in French with examples?

One of the first French lessons you will learn is the colors of a rainbow in French. These are a mix of the primary colors as well as the more advanced colors. Nevertheless, you need to know the list of rainbow colors in French even if you are studying A1.

colors of the rainbow in French
colors of the rainbow in French

Let us learn the colors of the rainbow in French with some examples.

English French English French
violet Violeta My husband gifted me a gown made of violet silk. Mi marido me regaló un vestido de seda violeta.
indigo índigo The Indian ink is Indigo in color. La tinta china es de color índigo.
blue azul The sky is blue and the sea is blue. El cielo es azul y el mar es azul.
green verde I like green apples and hate red apples. Me gustan las manzanas verdes y odio las rojas.
yellow amarillo Do you like this yellow shirt? ¿Te gusta esta camiseta amarilla?
orange naranja His orange tie is ugly. Su corbata naranja es fea.
Red rojo My red BMW is fast Mi BMW rojo es rápido

 

These are the 7 colors of the rainbow in French. For children, this is like an ultra basic list which they need to study. For adults, most of these colours are primary colours and hence need to be memorized.

 

Can I use Colors in French as Adjectives?

Colors in French as Adjectives
Colors in French as Adjectives
  • Of course! You can use colors as adjectives and it forms a very important part of your vocabulary.
  • You need to be careful with the gender and the nouns and modify the colour accordingly.
  • As a general rule, primary or basic colours must agree with the noun they modify
    • une voiture grise à a grey car
    • des livres rouges à red books
  • As a general rule, complex colors or compound colors do not agree with the noun they modify
    • des chaussures bleu pâle à light blue shoes
    • des crayons jaune citron à lemon yellow pencils)
  • Let us learn how to say the same colors in French with some examples.
English French English French
yellow jaune The yellow banana is tasty. La banane jaune est savoureuse.
blue bleu The blue shirt is majestic. La chemise bleue est majestueuse.
white blanc The white wine is cold. Le vin blanc est froid.
brown brun The brown coat is large. Le manteau marron est large.
orange orange The orange hat is funny. Le chapeau orange est drôle.
black noir The black panther is dangerous. La panthère noire est dangereuse.
red rouge I own a red purse. Je possède un sac à main rouge.
pink rose His daughter has a pink bag. Sa fille a un sac rose.
green vert The green leaves are beautiful. Les feuilles vertes sont belles.
Grey Gris The grey suit is expensive. Le costume gris est cher.

 

What are the different Mixed Colors in French?

Similar to the English language, you can mix colors in French. In English you might say “The paint is Bluish Green” or “The sun is Reddish orange”.

Let us learn how to say the same colors in French with some examples.

English French English French
Reddish Rougeâtre The sun is reddish orange. Le soleil est orange rougeâtre.
Yellowish Jaunâtre The flower is yellowish blue. La fleur est bleu jaunâtre.
Greenish Verdâtre The cheese is greenish blue. Le fromage est bleu verdâtre.
Bluish Bleuâtre The sky is bluish green. Le ciel est vert bleuté.
Blackish Noirâtre Your wound is blackish grey. Votre blessure est gris noirâtre.
Whitish Blanchâtre The tie is whitish grey La cravate est gris blanchâtre.
pinkish red rouge rosâtre The ink is pinkish red L’encre est rouge rosé.
blackish noirâtre Water should be colorless, not blackish blue. L’eau doit être incolore, pas bleu noirâtre.
greyish grisâtre The old man has greyish white hair. Le vieil homme a des cheveux blancs grisâtres.
colorful coloré She wears colorful a colorful skirt. Elle porte une jupe colorée.
colorless incolore Water is colorless. L’eau est incolore.
greenish yellow jaune verdâtre The mushroom is greenish yellow in color Le champignon est de couleur jaune verdâtre.
marine blue bleu marine marine blue is our favorite color. Le bleu marine est notre couleur préférée.
dark blue bleu foncé Emeralds are dark blue in color Les émeraudes sont de couleur bleu foncé
greenish blue bleu verdâtre The lake is greenish blue Le lac est bleu verdâtre
sky blue bleu ciel The gemstone is sky blue La pierre précieuse est bleu ciel
jet black noir de jais The horse is jet black Le cheval est noir de jais
light red rouge clair The chair is light red La chaise est rouge clair
dark red rouge foncé The apple is dark red La pomme est rouge foncé
dark foncé I like dark beer J’aime la bière brune
light clair Light blue is my favorite color. Le bleu clair est ma couleur préférée.

 

What is your favorite color?

This is one of the most common questions that you will get in your A1 examination. The examiner will ask you in French as to what your favorite color is. You need to respond in French about your favorite color.

favorite color in French
favorite color in French
English French
What is your favorite color? Quelle est votre couleur préférée?
My favorite color is Blue. Ma couleur préférée est le bleu.
Your favorite color is Red. Votre couleur préférée est le rouge.
His favorite color is Yellow. Sa couleur préférée est le jaune.
Her favorite color is Green. Sa couleur préférée est le vert.
Our favorite color is Orange. Notre couleur préférée est l’orange.
Their favorite color is Pink. Leur couleur préférée est le rose.

 

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