Colours - Intermediate
You probably already know the colours of the rainbow; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Here are some other colour names the people use in the UK.
10 expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing:
- Crimson, scarlet, rose
- maroon / burgundy
- pink / magenta
- oatmeal / fawn / beige
- gold / primrose / buttercup
- emerald / khaki
- turquoise / jade / cyan
- royal blue / sky blue
- navy / midnight blue
- lilac / lavender / mauve
How To Use These Phrases In Your English:
- In 1, crimson is a deep rich red and scarlet is a brighter slightly yellowy red. Rose is the colour of a deep-red flower from the rose family.
- In 2, maroon and burgundy are both names for a dark red colour. Bugundy is also the name of a dark red wine from France.
- In 3, magenta is the technical name for the pink colour used in priniting inks in most ink-jet printers.
- In 4, oatmeal, fawn and beige are pale brown colours that have been fashionable in the UK in recent years.
- In 5, gold is a deeper yellow, primrose is a weaker, lighter yellow and buttercup is a strong, solid yellow colour.
- In 6, emerald is a deep green colour with a bit of blue in it and khaki is less strong and more yellowy and brown. Army uniforms in many countries are a khaki colour.
- In 7, turquoise and jade are coulours between blue and green. Cyan is the technical name of the blue-green coloured ink used in ink-jet printers.
- In 8, royal blue and sky-blue are strong blue colours similar to the colour of a summer sky. It is the colour of ink in