Are you curious to know how to say the colors in French? Whether you are shopping for clothes or ordering food in a restaurant, knowing at least the most common colors is very useful to describe them quickly. Although it is easy to learn and memorize the words that describe the colors, some grammar rules are to follow. If you are ready to learn that and more, keep reading below!
Some of the French color words are used worldwide to explain things we use or see every day, and you could already know some of them. For example, you may have heard about a "film noir" or "have carte blanche." Adding a few more words to your vocabulary can make you sound sophisticated and elegant. Interesting, right?
French colors can change slightly if they are paired with feminine nouns or masculine nouns. But, there are always some exceptions to this rule.
Here are the most common colors in French:
Examples of the use of color words in French:
It is not enough to learn French colors. There are also a few things to keep in mind when deciding which words to use because color adjectives change when:
In general, all color words are masculine nouns. For example, you would say:
When colors are adjectives, they have to agree with the name they are paired with. For example, the word "black" in French is Noir, but if you pair it with a feminine name, it becomes "Noire."
As a general rule, changing the gender from masculine to feminine is only necessary to add an "e" at the end of a word. For example:
"Le Gris" (male)becomes La Grise (feminine).
While the general rule to make a noun in plural form, you have to add an "s" at the end of the word. For example:
"Maison" (home) becomes Maisons (homes).
Like in any other language, there are exceptions in the French language. In fact, the following two words do not change with the gender:
The other thing to know is that the colors in french are placed after the noun. For example:
Learning French colors can be helpful to describe things, but what about learning some great expressions to impress others with your knowledge?
Here are some useful French expressions:
French national colors are white, blue, and red. The national colors were seen for the first time in 1789 after the French revolution, where red was the color of Paris and white was the color of the royal House of Bourbon.
White is the symbol of purity, red is the color of passion, and blue is the color of bravery and dedication. Overall, the French flag symbolizes national unity and that all people are meant to be equals.
The French flag was officially adopted in 1794 to represent the value of the French revolution, which were equality, fraternity, democracy, and liberty.
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