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

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

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

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

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

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 Portuguese.

list of colors in Portuguese
list of colors in Portuguese

You absolutely need to learn colors in Portuguese 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 Portuguese in your sentences one way or another.

 

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

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

list of basic colors in Portuguese or the list of primary colors in Portuguese
list of basic colors in Portuguese or the list of primary colors in Portuguese
English European Portuguese English European Portuguese
Yellow amarelo Banana is yellow. A banana é amarela.
Blue azul The sea is blue O mar é azul
White branco I have a white shirt Tenho uma camisa branca
Brown castanho The brown bear is angry O urso castanho está zangado
orange laranja He likes his orange shoes Ele gosta dos seus sapatos laranja
Black preto My brother has black hair. O meu irmão tem cabelo preto.
Red vermelho The Portugueseman likes red wine. O português gosta de vinho tinto.
Pink rosa His daughter has a pink bag. A sua filha tem um saco cor-de-rosa.
Green verde The leaves are green. As folhas são verdes.
Grey Cinzento The grey suit is expensive. O fato cinzento é caro.

 

From the point of view of Brazilian Portuguese, there are some minor differences for the colors Brown and Grey

English Brazilian Portuguese
Yellow amarelo
Blue azul
White branco
Brown marrom
orange laranja
Black preto
Red vermelho
Pink rosa
Green verde
Grey Cinza

 

What are the list of advanced colors in Portuguese 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 European Portuguese with some examples.

English European  / Brazilian Portuguese English European Portuguese
indigo índigo The Indigo ink is expensive. De Indigo inkt is duur.
beige bege I hate beige and I love yellow. Ik haat beige en ik hou van geel.
khaki cáqui The Indian police mean wears a Khakhi shirt. De Indiase politieman draagt een Khakhi shirt.
cyan ciano I lost my Cyan colorpencil. Ik ben mijn cyaan kleurpotlood kwijt.
maroon maroon My daughter likes her maroon doll Mijn dochter houdt van haar kastanjebruine pop.
purple púrpura We own that purple car. Wij bezitten die paarse auto.
violet violeta Violet rubies and green emaralds are gorgeous. Violette robijnen en groene emaralds zijn prachtig.

 

As you can see, for Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese, it is same vocabulary for the above colors.

 

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

One of the first Portuguese lessons you will learn is the colors of a rainbow in Portuguese. 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 Portuguese even if you are studying A1.

Colors of the Rainbow in Portuguese
Colors of the Rainbow in Portuguese

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

English European /  Brazilian Portuguese English Portuguese
violet violeta My husband gifted me a gown made of violet silk. O meu marido presenteou-me com um vestido feito de seda violeta.
indigo índigo The Indian ink is Indigo in color. A tinta indiana é de cor índigo.
blue azul The sky is blue and the sea is blue. O céu é azul e o mar é azul.
green verde I like green apples and hate red apples. Eu gosto de maçãs verdes e odeio maçãs vermelhas.
yellow amarelo Do you like this yellow shirt? Gosta desta camisa amarela?
orange laranja His orange tie is ugly. A sua gravata laranja é feia.
Red Vermelho My red BMW is fast A minha BMW vermelha é rápida

 

As you can see, for Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese, it is same vocabulary for the above colors of the rainbow.

These are the 7 colors of the rainbow in Portuguese. 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 Portuguese as Adjectives?

Colors as Adjectives in Portuguese
Colors as Adjectives in Portuguese
  • Of course! You can use colors as adjectives and it forms a very important part of your vocabulary.
  • You must know that every noun in Portuguese has a gender assigned to it. When using adjectives in the form of colors, it thus becomes important to align the adjectives with the nouns.
  • An example for the feminine case will beO ônibus amarelo”. This is feminine as you can see with the ending being “O”
  • An example for the masculine case will beA casa amarela”. This is masculine as you can see with the ending being “A”
  • Thus you can say with a high degree of confidence that colors being used as adjectives in Portuguese will closely follow the noun.
English Portuguese English Portuguese
yellow amarelo The yellow banana is tasty. A banana amarela é saborosa.
blue azul The blue shirt is majestic. A camisa azul é majestosa.
white branco The white wine is cold. O vinho branco é frio.
brown castanho The brown coat is large. O casaco castanho é grande.
orange laranja The orange hat is funny. O chapéu laranja é engraçado.
black preto The black panther is dangerous. A pantera preta é perigosa.
red vermelho I own a red purse. A bolsa vermelha é minha.
pink rosa His daughter has a pink bag. A sua filha tem uma bolsa cor-de-rosa.
green verde The green leaves are beautiful. As folhas verdes são lindas.
Grey Cinzento The grey suit is expensive. O fato cinzento é caro.

 

What are the different Mixed Colors in Portuguese?

Similar to the English language, you can mix colors in Portuguese. 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 Portuguese with some examples.

Mixed colors in Portuguese
Mixed colors in Portuguese
English Portuguese English Portuguese
Reddish Green Verde avermelhado The sun is reddish orange. O sol é alaranjado avermelhado.
Yellowish red Vermelho-amarelado The flower is yellowish blue. A flor é azul-amarelado.
Greenish blue Azul esverdeado The cheese is greenish blue. O queijo é azul esverdeado.
Bluish green Verde azulado The sky is bluish green. O céu é verde-azulado.
Blackish brown Castanho-escuro Your wound is blackish grey. A sua ferida é cinzento-escuro.
Whitish Grey Cinzento-esbranquiçado The tie is whitish grey A gravata é cinzento-esbranquiçada.
pinkish red vermelho-rosado The ink is pinkish red A tinta é vermelha rosada
colorful colorido She wears colorful a colorful skirt. Ela veste uma saia colorida.
colorless incolor Water is colorless. A água é incolor.
greenish yellow amarelo esverdeado The mushroom is greenish yellow in color O cogumelo é de cor amarelo esverdeado
marine blue azul marinho marine blue is our favorite color. o azul marinho é a nossa cor favorita.
dark blue azul escuro Emeralds are dark blue in color As esmeraldas são de cor azul-escuro
greenish blue azul esverdeado The lake is greenish blue O lago é azul esverdeado
sky blue azul céu The gemstone is sky blue A pedra preciosa é azul céu
jet black negro a jacto The horse is jet black O cavalo é preto como um jacto
light red vermelho claro The chair is light red A cadeira é vermelho claro
dark red vermelho escuro The apple is dark red A maçã é vermelha escura

 

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 Portuguese as to what your favorite color is. You need to respond in Portuguese about your favorite color.

Mixed colors in Portuguese
Mixed colors in Portuguese
English Portuguese
What is your favorite color? Qual é a sua cor favorita?
My favorite color is Blue. A minha cor favorita é o azul.
Your favorite color is Red. A tua cor favorita é o Vermelho.
His favorite color is Yellow. A sua cor favorita é o Amarelo.
Her favorite color is Green. A sua cor favorita é o Verde.
Our favorite color is Orange. A sua cor favorita é o Laranja.
Their favorite color is Pink. A sua cor favorita é o Rosa.

 

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