Are you ready to learn the colors of the rainbow in Italian? Below, Italian teacher Liz T. provides an introduction to Italian colors…
When it comes to Italian vocabulary, learning the colors is always a fun activity–especially for beginner students. Learning the various colors in Italian will help you expand your vocabulary and enrich your conversations.
Below is a brief guide to help you recognize Italian colors, as well as how to pronounce them!
Blu Marino (Bloo Mah-ree-noh)
Changing Italian Colors to Masculine or Feminine
When using an Italian color in a sentence, it’s important to remember that the color may be classified as masculine or feminine, depending on the context in which the color is used.
For example, in the sentence, “La palla rossa.” the letter “a” is added to the end of rossa, instead of an “o” because la palla is feminine. See other examples below:
- Il caffè nero. ( The black coffee)
- La moto gialla. ( The yellow bike)
- Il dollaro verde. ( The green dollar)
Expressing Italian Colors in Plural
To express colors in plural, you may add an “i” for masculine words and an “e” for feminine words. See examples below:
- I cani neri (The black dogs)
- Due giacconi verdi (Two green jackets)
Changing Italian Colors Depending on Article
The endings also change depending on the article. See examples below:
- Rosso (Masculine Singular)
- Rossa (Feminine Singular)
- Rossi (Masculine Plural)
- Rosse (Feminine Plural)
- Giallo (Masculine Singular)
- Gialla (Feminine Singular)
- Giallo (Masuline Plural)
- Gialle (Feminine Plural)
- Grigio (Masculine Singular)
- Grigia (Feminine Singular)
- Grigi (Masculine Plural)
- Grigie (Feminine Plural)
- Nero (Masculine Singular)
- Nera (Feminine Singular)
- Neri (Masculine Plural)
- Nere (Feminine Plural)
*Please note that there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, some colors will stay the same, and will not change conjugation, such as blu and viola. What’s more, colors that end in the letter “o” will then switch to “a“, to make it masculine or feminine. Colors that do not end in the letter “o“, will stay the same, but will change for the plural. For example, the plural for marrone would be marroni.
That’s it for my introduction to Italian colors! I hope this color guide will enable you to express yourself and the many beautiful colors correctly the next time you’re speaking in Italian.
If you would like to practice using Italian colors more, talk to your Italian teacher to see if there are any fun exercises you can do. The more you practice the easier it will be to memorize the colors.