What do buying clothes, talking about art, and shopping for fruits and vegetables have in common? Color! If you want to make sure to buy red tomatoes and critique an artist’s use of green, you’ll need to know the French colors.
|vert (green)||vert foncé (dark green)||bleu clair (light blue)|
Colors are adjectives, and like other adjectives, they must agree with the nouns they modify in gender and number. For colors that are pronounced differently when masculine vs feminine (e.g., gris/grise, violet/violette, blanc/blanche), both are pronounced in the sound files.
1) Like most colors derived from foods, orange and marron are invariable.
|des chemises orange||orange shirts|
|une écharpe marron||a brown scarf|
2) When a color is qualified by clair (light) or foncé (dark), both words are invariable.
|des chaussettes bleu foncé||dark blue socks|
|une robe violet clair||a light purple dress|
French expressions with colors
- Animal colors quiz (Worksheet, 2nd-3rd grade)
- Beach time: color adjective exercise (Worksheet, 3rd-5th grade)
- Color by numbers (Worksheet, 3rd-5th grade)
- Color me: animals (Worksheet, K-2nd grade)
- Color words (Worksheet, K-6th grade)
- Eye-popping color name game (Lesson, 1st-6th grade)