Colours in Estonian
In this lesson you will learn the names of the basic colours in Estonian. In addition, you will find out how you can use them to describe items and people.
- 1.List of colours in Estonian
- 2.Shades of colours: light and dark
- 3.Hair colours in Estonian
- 4.The colours of the Estonian flag
- 5.How to ask what colour is this in Estonian?
- 6.Example dialogue
- 7.1.Exercise: Memory game with Estonian colours
- 7.2.Exercise: Describe using colours
- 7.3.Exercise: Match the colours
List of colours in Estonian
Colours don't have a gender in Estonian and they can be used the same way for both males and females. However, when the noun is plural then the colour also has to be in the plural form.
|Colour||Estonian (singular, plural)|
- See maja on hall --- This house is grey.
- Mu särk on roosa --- My shirt is pink.
- Apelsinid on oranžid --- Oranges are orange.
- Viinamarjad on lillad --- Grapes are purple.
Shades of colours: light and dark
Notice that in Estonian, 'hele' and 'tume' are written together with the name of the colour.
Hair colours in Estonian
Blonde = Blond
She has blonde hair = Tal on blondid juuksed
She is blonde = Ta on blond
Redhead = Punapea
She has red hair = Tal on punased juuksed
She is a redhead = Ta on punapea
Brown hair = Pruunid juuksed
She has brown hair = Tal on pruunid juuksed
She is a brunette = Ta on brünett
Black hair = Mustad juuksed
She has black hair = Tal on mustad juuksed
She is dark-haired = Ta on tumedapäine
Grey hair = Hallid juuksed
She has grey hair = Tal on hallid juuksed
She is grey-haired = Ta on hallipäine
The colours of the Estonian flag
The Estonian flag has 3 colours:
Blue = Sinine
Black = Must
White = Valge
Estonian flag is blue-black-white = Eesti lipp on sini-must-valge
How to ask what colour is this in Estonian?
|What colour is this?||Mis värvi see on?|
|This is ...||See on ...|
|Do you have this in another colour?||Kas seda on teist värvi?|
Karmen: Mis värvi see pluus on? --- What colour is this shirt?
Sten: See pluus on kollane. --- This shirt is yellow.
Karmen: Kas seda on teist värvi ka? --- Do you also have this in another colour?
Sten: Jah, meil on ka punast, sinist ja musta. --- Yes, we also have it in red, blue and black.
Karmen: Kas sinine on hele või tume? --- Is the blue light or dark?
Sten: See on helesinine. --- This is light blue.
Now continue to the exercises to practice the colours in Estonian!
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