• French course for beginners
  • 1 French greetings (Hello in French) [0/3]
  • 2 How to introduce yourself in French [0/3]
  • 3 Cardinal numbers in French [0/3]
  • 4 Ordinal numbers in French [0/3]
  • 5 Telling the time in French [0/3]
  • 6 Months and days of the week in French [0/3]
  • 7 Colors in French [0/3]
  • 8 Describe a person in French [0/3]
  • 9 Talking about the weather in French [0/3]
  • 10 Asking for directions in French [0/3]
  • 11 French travel phrases and vocabulary [0/3]
  • 12 Food and drinks in French [0/3]
  • 13 Family members in French [0/3]
  • 14 Names of Countries in French [0/3]
  • 15 The grocery store in French (fruits, vegetables....)
  • 16 Animal names in French (horse, dog, cat...)
  • 17 Clothing in French (shoes, clothes...)
  • 18 Birthday wishes in French and party words
  • 19 I love you in French (emotions, feelings)
  • Colors in French

    In this lesson you will learn to translate the colors in French. Do you ask yourself why this is important? For example learning adjectives which express colors you will be able to describe objects.

    Colors in French and English

    Below you will find a list of basic colors in French language. To ask a color of some object you can use a expression "De quelle couleur s´agit-il?", which means "What color is that?" or "Quelle est cette couleur?" = "What color is it?"

    Yellow Jaune
    Blue Bleu
    Turquoise Turquoise
    Green Vert
    Orange Orange
    Purple Violet
    Brown Marron/brun
    Pink Rose
    Black Noir
    Grey Gris
    White Blanc
    Gold Doré
    Silver Argenté
    Red Rouge


    • Ivana and Mario have brown eyes. = Ivana et Mario ont les yeux marrons.
    • Marija has blue eyes. = Marija a les yeux bleus.

    Dark and light

    If you want to accentuate that the color is light or dark, in French we just put the word dark (foncé) or light (clair) in front of the color.

    In the following list you can find some examples:

    dark blue bleu foncé
    light blue bleu clair
    dark orange orange foncé
    light orange orange clair
    dark purple violet foncé
    light purple violet clair


    • This sofa is light red. = Ce sofa est rouge clair.
    • Her bag is dark green. = Son sac est vert foncé.

    Masculine and Feminine for colors in French

    Colors are actually adjectives and in French you need to change the adjective in masculine/feminine or plural form only depending on the noun that it´s describing. For example if you want to say "White house," it´s "La maison blanche." or in plural "Des maisons blanches." To form a feminine form you add an -e to the masculine form.


    • She has a dark purple dress. = Elle a une robe violette foncée.
    • The shirt is white. = La chemise est blanche.


    There are two exceptions: purple in singular is violet, but in feminine form is violette, and white in feminine singular is blanche

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    Exercise about translation of colors in French

    What color is it? - Exercise

    Practice colors with memory game