Knowing how to say all the colours in Mandarin Chinese is an excellent way of learning the language. This is especially true when it comes to teaching kids. So, if you are a parent or teacher trying to teach your kids Chinese, start early on with the colours.
Chinese language and culture
Chinese language and culture are intertwined. When we talk about colours in Chinese, we can introduce some fun facts to children.
The Chinese believe that red is a lucky colour. Chinese people use the colour red for weddings, birthday parties, and festival decorations.
In old China, the colour of the emperor was yellow. And the Chinese see yellow as a lucky colour.
Do remember that most of the time, Chinese words for colours have the word sè 色 colour at the end. What that means is that hóng 红 red is hóngsè 红色 – red colour. Huáng 黄 – yellow is huángsè 黄色 – yellow color.
Colours are an essential part of learning Chinese for children
When children know the names of colours, they can point to things that are different colours, describe them, and make links between things they see, use, and play with every day. Because of this, learning Chinese colours is an entertaining thing for kids to do.
The basic colours in Chinese
chéngsè 橙色 – orange
fěnhóngsè 粉红色 – pink
hēisè 黑色 – black
hóngsè 红色 – red
huángsè 黄色 – yellow
huīsè 灰色 – grey
lánsè 蓝色 -blue
lǜsè 绿色 – green
zǐsè 紫色 – purple
báisè 白色 – white
A game for children: What colour do you see?
Do you remember all the Chinese words for the colours now? Here is a game that you can play with children. Use different sentences and have fun with colours!
1. Nà shì shénme yánsè? 那是什么颜色? What colour is it?
2. Zhè shì 这是 。。。This is ____ (insert colour).
3. Wǒ xǐhuān 我喜欢 I like _____. (insert colour)
4. _____ (thing), “colour + thing”.
For example: lánsè zìxíngchē 蓝色自行车 A blue bicycle.
People say these sentences all the time. You can print them out and give them to the kids to use in everyday life.
xiǎo bái tù 小白兔 a white rabbit
huáng jú 黄菊 yellow chrysanthemum
lánsè zìxíngchē 蓝色自行车 a blue bike
hóng píngguǒ 红苹果 red apples
zǐsè màozi 紫色帽子 a purple hat
lǜ cǎo 绿草 green grass
fěnhóng wǔxié 粉红舞鞋 pink dancing shoes
hēisè hézi 黑色盒子 a black box
Sentences with colours
Wǒ xiǎngyāo mǎi yīshuāng hóngsè xiézi.
I want to buy a pair of red shoes.
Tā zuìxǐhuān de yánsè shì lánsè.
His favorite color is blue.
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