Colour is everywhere! Look around you. How many colours can you see? Do you know the names of colours in English? Do you know how to spell the colours properly? Here is a colour chart to help you with some of the most common colours. The first 7 colours on the wheel are the colours of the rainbow. * These colours may be slightly different on some computers.
In British English we write colour. In American English we write color.
Listen to the pronunciation...
How to use colour in a sentence
There are three different ways to describe the colour of something:
My dad's car is red.
The red car is my dad's.
Red is the colour of my dad's car.
Colours have different shades. You can have:
dark green light green bright green
When you aren't exactly sure how to describe a colour you can use the suffix "ish". Native speakers often use "ish" to describe colours! For example, a colour can be:
purplish reddish blueish
If you love these colours, you will enjoy learning many more colours in English. There are so many fun ones to learn. Colours are often named after things they remind us of. For example:
shell pink navy blue salmon
Now learn how to remember the colours, and then do the quiz:
Remember Colours with Poetry
Poetry is a great way to have fun with colours. Writing poems about colours will help you remember them. You don't have to write perfect sentences. Just have fun. Try these three different styles.
Write a colour in a vertical line on a piece of paper. Use the first letter to write a word or phrase that reminds you of the colour, for example:
ice with black
rab a pumpkin
at your carrots
There are 5 senses that help us understand our world. We use our nose to smell. We use our tongues to taste. We use our eyes to see. We use our ears to hear. And we use our fingers to touch. The world is a colourful place and we can use our 5 senses to describe it. Follow the pattern here and write your own colourful poem:
Colour smells like...
Purple smells like lilacs.
Colour tastes like...
Purple tastes like grape juice.
Colour looks like...
Purple looks like the end of a sunset.
Colour sounds like...
Purple sounds like popping bubbles.
Colour feels like...
Purple feels like monster fuzz.
In this type of poem you have to choose two different colours. One goes in the first line and the other goes in the seventh line. Follow the pattern to create your own poem. When you are finished your poem will be shaped like a diamond.
Two adjectives that describe the first colour
Three "ing" verbs that remind you of the first colour
Two nouns that describe the first colour and two nouns that describe the second colour
Three "ing" verbs that remind you of the second colour
Two adjectives that describe the second colour
calming cooling looming
horizon watergrasses trees
giving living starting
Parts of Speech Review:
An adjective is a describing word.
An "ing" verb is an action word that continues.
A noun is a person, place, or thing.