Online Russian Language Course - Lesson #6

author Kateryna Samokhvalova

Reading the Colours

Let’s practice reading with colours. There are about as many colours in Russian as there are in English. However, you will notice difference in the names of blue. There is голубой (baby blue)and there is also синий (dark blue). In everyday life голубойis used more frequently. For example, the sky is blue, that would be baby blue.

So, here are 10 colours for you to read and learn. Under each color you will see the transcription, which helps to read sound by sound, if you are not sure in pronunciation. It may seem funny at first, but students use it a lot.

Цвета. Colours.

  1. КРАСНЫЙ ЦВЕТ (RED COLOUR)

[kráh – snyzvyet]

red

  1. ОРАНЖЕВЫЙ ЦВЕТ (ORANGE COLOUR)

[oráh – njeh – vyzvyet]

orange

  1. ЖЁЛТЫЙ ЦВЕТ (YELLOW COLOUR)

[jyól – ty zvyet]

yellow

  1. ЗЕЛЁНЫЙ ЦВЕТ (GREEN COLOUR)

[zeh – lyó – nyzvyet]

green

  1. ГОЛУБОЙ ЦВЕТ (BABY BLUE)

[gah – loo – bóyzvyet]

baby blue

  1. СИНИЙ ЦВЕТ (BLUE COLOUR)

[sí – niyzvyet]

blue

  1. ФИОЛЕТОВЫЙ ЦВЕТ (PURPLE COLOUR)

[fee – ah – lyé – tah – vyzvyet]

purple

  1. ЧЁРНЫЙ ЦВЕТ (BLACK COLOUR)

[chyór – nyzvyet]

black

  1. БЕЛЫЙ ЦВЕТ (WHITE COLOUR)

[bye ́– lyzvyet]

white

  1. КОРИЧНЕВЫЙ ЦВЕТ (BROWN COLOUR)

[kah – rích – nye – vyzvyet]

brown

Now, when you know how to say the colours. Let’s move on to something new for you. How would you say ‘a black cat’, for example? If you already know the word ‘кот’ then it is a very good start. Nevertheless, in Russian it is not enough to put a colour then an object next to it and that’s it. The genders of the objects play an essential role. They determine the ending of a colour or any other adjective.

Adjective

Here are some colours used with objects. Read them properly and pay attention to the endings that change according to the gender of a noun.

1. Чёрная кошка

Black cat

Чёрный карандаш

Black pencil

Чёрное платье

Black dress

2. Зелёная машина

Green car

Зелёный автобус

Green bus

Зелёное окно

Green window

3. Красная лампа

Red lamp

Красный стол

Red table

Красное солнце

Red sun

4. Жёлтая карта

Yellow card

Жёлтый телефон

Yellow phone

Жёлтое мыло

Yellow soap

In order to find out more about genders or clear up information on any other topic, please, contact us or apply for the course. Get your lessons by skype now.

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