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Let’s start talking about colors in French. For some reason, the colors have always been equivalent to learning the ABC’s to me. Why not learn them at the same time as you are actually learning your French ABC’s? The best part is that, unlike learning the alphabet, when you learn the colors you can actually use them in a sentence that a normal French-speaker would use.

Par example: “C’est du rouge.” ou “Je vois quelque chose du jaune là-bas.”

(For example: “It is red.” or “I see something yellow over there.”)

It’s like playing “I spy”. It’s simple and it’s fun. So let’s have a look here. Don’t forget to read all the way to the bottom for a fun link to a fun game to test your French.

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Above are the masculine and feminine forms of the colors. You hopefully noticed that not all the colors have both forms. What is the reason for this? Honestly, just accept it and remember the BIG 5 – “You Are Learning French **shrug**”. We don’t really know why some colors have both forms and other colors do not. You’re learning French though, so get used to weird rules that you just have to memorize.

To make any of these colors plural (to match the gender and number of the noun), simply add an “-S” to the end of the word. HOWEVER, this rule is not true for either “orange” or “marron”. Why? Again, no one knows. Just memorize that “orange” and “marron” are the exact same regardless of the gender or number of the noun.

Also be aware, that in most cases the change of spelling between the masculine and feminine forms WILL ALTER the pronunciation. There is no pronunciation difference between singular and plural forms. Yup, that’s right, you wrote an extra “S” to the word to make it plural, but you WILL NOT PRONOUNCE the S.

COLORMASC, SINGMASC, PLURFEM, SINGFEM, PLUR
(red)rougerougesrougerouges
(orange)orangeorangeorangeorange
(yellow)jaunejaunesjaunejaunes
(green)vertvertsvertevertes
(blue)bleubleusbleuebleues
(purple)violetvioletsvioletteviolettes
(white)blancblancsblancheblanches
(grey)grisgrisgrisegrises
(black)noirnoirsnoirenoires
(brown)marronmarronmarronmarron

If you’re ready to practice these colors, try out this game by BBC French. It helps you test your French without making you feel like you’re filling in a bubble sheet every time. Enjoy!

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