Colors In French
The world around us is a bust of beautiful colours : white, green, red, blue etc.
Learning to speak French means learning colour names and how to use them.
You wish to say you have brown eyes in French? Then say ''ai les yeux marrons.' But what if you wish to say you have brown hair?
Find out in this detailed lesson about French colours.
Useful vocabulary for describing colours in French
|La couleur||colour/color||la couleur bleue||blue colour|
|Clair||light||bleu Clair||Light blue|
|Foncé||dark||vert foncé||dark green|
|Une nuance de||a shade of||une nuance de rouge||a shade of red|
|Vif bright||rouge vif||bright red|
|Terne||dull||vert terne||dull green|
In a sentence
J'ai acheté une chemise verte foncé
I bought a dark green shirt
Common colours in French
Hair colours in French
Now that we have looked at names of colours in French, let's talk about hair colour.
In French as in English, there are two ways to talk about hair colour. you can either say a person has a particular hair colour eg Marie a les cheveux blonde ( Marie has blond hair) or you can call them by the colour of their hair eg Marie est blonde (Marie is a blond) .
Note that the word for hair in French is les cheveux, which is a masculine, plural noun.
Common hair Colours in French
Elle a les cheveux blonds
She has blond hair
Nous avons les cheveux noirs
We have black hair
Note that the hair colours are all agreeing with the word les cheveux which is a masculine plural noun.
Use these colours to refer to a person by their hair colour. Note that when describing someone by the colour of their hair, the colour agrees in gender and number with the person or people being described.
Elle est rousse She is a red head
Il est roux He is a redhead
How to use colours in French.
Colours like other French adjectives change to agree in gender and number with the noun they are describing.
They are also a part of adjectives that come after the noun. E.g une robe bleue - a blue dress.
Let's look at the most common colours in French and how to use them.
Feminine form blanche
Plural forms blancs/ blanches
Un chat blanc
A white cat
Une maison blanche
A White House
Feminine form noire
Plural forms noirs/noires
Une jupe noire
a black skirt
Des chaussures noirs
Feminine form Rouge
Plural forms Rouges/Rouges
The Red Cross
Feminine form bleue
Plural form bleus/bleues
Des yeux bleus
La couleur bleue
Feminine form Orange
Plural forms Oranges/Oranges
Feminine form Rose
Plural forms Roses/Roses
Ce verre est rose
That glass is pink
Feminine form Jaune
Plural forms Jaunes/Jaunes
Feminine form verte
Plural forms Verts/ Vertes
Feminine form Marron
Plural forms Marrons /Marrons