The world is full of bright and beautiful colours. So, if you are with some friends and wish to describe the colour of an object you have just seen, or tell a shopkeeper the colour of cloth you wish to buy, make sure you know how to do so! Learn the names of the key colours in Chinese…

In this Podcast you will learn:

1) How to say different colours in Chinese

2) Learn about the hidden meanings of different colours in China.

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in the Podcast:

1) 颜色:Colour

2) 红色:Red

3) 旗袍:Qipao, cheongsam

4) 黄色:Yellow

5) 蓝色:Blue

6) 灰色:Grey

7) 绿色:Green

8) 红绿灯:Traffic Lights—this literally means “Red Green Light”

9) 白色:White

10) 黑色:Black

11) 粉色(粉红色):Pink

12) 紫色:Purple

13) 橙色:Orange

14) 金色:Golden colour

15) 土豪金:in internet chat, this means the golden colour of an iPhone

16) 银色:Silver Phrases: 你喜欢什么颜色:What colour do you like? 你最喜欢什么颜色:What is your favourite colour? 我喜欢 (颜色):I like (colour) Eg. 我喜欢红色:I like red

Cultural note:

1) In China, different colours indicate different meanings. Red usually relates to happiness and luck, so you can see a lot red in Chinese weddings and many other ceremonies in China. On the other hand, white is the opposite of red, so keep in mind it’s a big NO-NO to wrap something in white if you give them a gift, as white is related to “death”.

2) 土豪金:After Apple launched its golden coloured iPhone 5s, Chinese people created a new term for it on the Internet: 土豪金“Local Tyrant Gold”. In China, gold usually relates to money and wealth. The term gently mocks those people who own a golden iPhone as being rich and prone to showing off.


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Narrated by Song Liu

Our Podcast narrator, is a native Chinese speaker and is originally from Beijing, China and is keen to help you get ahead with learning. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Song also hosted a Mandarin live call-in news and music radio show in the Bay Area.

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