Colors in Spanish

Spanish Vocabulary

Colors in Spanish

The main colors in Spanish are:

You will notice that for some colors there are two different words for it. Which one you use depends on the country you are in.

Colores have different forms

Colors are adjectives that must agree with the gender and number of the noun.

It is importante to remember that the colors that end in -O or -A have a masculine and feminine form as well as a singular or plural form and must coincide with the noun (or subject).

For example there are 4 forms of the color Blanco.

With words that don't end in -O or -A (like verde and gris) don't have a change in the masculine or feminine form. You do however have to add the -S or -ES for its plural form.

A color can also be a noun in a sentence

Word order with colors

1. The verb SER + color (Ser - because the color won't change or it has always been that color)

2. The verb ESTAR + color (Estar - It is only temporarily this color, it may change color tomorrow)

3. The noun + color

Claro - Oscuro - Fuerte

When we talk about colors, we can also include different tones, shades and intensities by using the following expressions:

Claro is the opposite of Oscuro

Fuerte is a bright intense color that is easy to see.

You will notice that the words claro, oscuro and fuerte go after the color.

Spanish has a word specifically used for the color light blue ... celeste.

Typical things of each color

The following is a list of the things that are typically associated with each color:
(Below you will find a picture with more examples)

Rojo: frutillas, vino, sangre, rosas.

Anaranjado: zapallo, zanahoria, pelota de basketball, naranja.

Amarillo: queso, sol, mantequilla, limón.

Azul: cielo, océano, pitúfo

Verde: hoja, árbol, pasto, rana, moco

Negro: murciélago, noche, neumático.

Blanco: papel, azúcar, leche.

Rosado: cerdo, lengua, dulce de algodón.

Marrón: madera, cigarro, tierra.

Gris: rocas, plomo, plata.

Morado: uva, hematoma (moratón)

What other typical things can you add to each color?

Examples of typical things of each color in Spanish

Next Activities

Try our interactive Spanish vocabulary games:

Colores 1 - (Picture game) Names of colors
Colores 2 - (English to Spanish translation game) How do you say x in Spanish?
Colores 3 - ¿De qué color es X? (What color is X?)

Ver nuestra página de los colores en español.

Para Profesores y Padres

Colors in Spanish - Free Coloring pages and chart Spanish Colors Task Cards - Spanish Teacher Resource

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