• Croatian language course for beginners
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  • 1 Croatian alphabet [0/1]
  • 2 Greetings in Croatian [0/3]
  • 3 Introduce yourself and how to say hello in Croatian [0/2]
  • 4 Asking for directions in Croatian [0/2]
  • 5 Daily conversations in Croatian (restaurant, shopping) [0/2]
  • 6 Croatian numbers [0/2]
  • 7 Telling the time in Croatian [0/3]
  • 8 Colours in Croatian language [0/2]
  • 9 Days, months, seasons in Croatian language [0/2]
  • 10 Family members in Croatian [0/2]
  • 11 The body parts in Croatian [0/2]
  • 12 Ordering in the restaurant in Croatian [0/2]
  • 13 Countries and nationalities in Croatian [0/2]
  • 14 Grocery shopping in Croatian [0/2]
  • Colours in Croatian language

    Whether you're on the market or shopping, when it comes to describing a product, colors are always important. Even with the hairdresser, it may be useful to indicate the correct color for a hair color. In following lesson, you will learn the colors in Croatian and practice them. 

     

    List of Croatian colors (male and female)

    When the color describe something about the noun, you will call it an adjective. In Croatian you have female and male nouns. Female words mostly end on "a". The rule here is that the color corresponds to the noun. Let's try with an example: I have red shirt - Imam crvenu majicu. The color red says something about the t-shirt, which is a feminine word and therefore "o" in masculine becomes an "a" in feminine. Let's try with another example: My sweater are blue - Moj džemper je plav.

     

     English  Croatian - male / female
     Blue

    Plavo

    Plava

     Red

    Crveno

    Crvena

     Yellow

    Žuto

    Žuta

     Brown

    Smeđo

    Smeđa

     Black

    Crno

    Crna

     Rose

    Rozo

    Roza

     Purple

    Ljubičasto

    Ljubičasta

     Orange

    Narančasto

    Narančasta

     Green

    Zeleno

    Zelena

     Grey

    Sivo

    Siva

     Silver

    Srebrno

    Srebrna

     Gold

    Zlatno

    Zlatna

     

    The colours in plural

    How do you make a plural of Croatian colours? It's very easy, you stick an -i to masculine nouns and -e or -a to female and neuter nouns. Be really careful with the genders!

    • Kupio sam tri crna kompjutera. - I bought three black computers. 
    • Najviše volim crvene jagode. I love red strawberries the most. 

     

    Dark and light

    If you want to accentuate that the color is light or dark, in Croatian we just put the word dark (tamno / tamna) or light (svijetlo / svjetla) in front of the color.

    In the following list you can find some examples:

    tamno plava dark blue
    svjetlo plava light blue
    svjetlo narančasta light orange
    tamno narančasta dark orange
    svjetlo ljubičasta light purple
    tamno ljubičasta dark purple

     

    Examples:

    This sofa is light red. = Ovaj kauč je svjetlo crven.

    Her bag is dark green. = Njena torba je tamno zelena.

     

    Colours of the Croatian flag

    The Croatian flag consists of three horizontal lanes - ( red, white, blue) with the Croatian emblem in the middle. 

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    Hair colors in Croatian 

    Last but not less importan vocabulary is about hair colors. Good comunication with a hairdresser while on vacation is always important. So, please check the following examples.

     English  Croatian
     Blond hair  Plava kosa
     Black hair  Crna kosa
     Red hair  Crvena kosa
     Brown hair  Smeđa kosa
     Gray hair  Siva kosa
     White hair  Bijela kosa

     

    Examples

    • Oh, you dyed your hair. Now it's red. - Oh, obojala si kosu. Sada je crvena.
    • Do you have white hair? - Imaš li bijelu kosu?

     

    Now, you already know a little how to describe an object. Take on the colours again and get started with the exercises!

    Exercises

    Filling gaps with the colours in Croatian.

    Practice the colours in Croatian