How to Say the Names of Colors in German

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22-10-2016, 07:35
Community Tested German is a growing language and one of the major languages of Europe. If you ever in need to know a bit of German, this page will help with colors.


  1. Learn some basic colors:
    • Green = grün [ɡʁyːn] (pronunciation: groon)
    • Brown = braun [bʁaʊ̯n] (brown)
    • Yellow = gelb [ɡɛlp] (gelp)
    • White = weiß [vaɪs] (vice)
    • Gray = grau [ɡʁaʊ] (ow, as in how)
    • Blue = blau [blaʊ] (ow, as in how)
    • Orange = orange [oˈʁaŋʃ] (or-ahn-sh)
    • Black = schwarz [ʃvaʁt͡s] (shvarts)
    • Beige = beige [beːʃ] (beige)
    • Red = rot [ʁoːt] (roat)
    • Pink = rosa [ˈʁoːza](roza) this refers to a light, pale shade of pink
    • Pink = pink [pɪŋk] (pink) this is a strong or hot pink
    • Purple = lila [ˈliːla] (leela)
  2. Note that there are a few different ways you can describe colors (Farben):
    • Light = hell [hɛl] (hell)
    • Dark = dunkel [ˈdʊŋkəl] (doonkel)
    • Colorful = bunt [bʊnt] (boont)


  • The ß is the German equivalent to -ss, but it is only used after long vowel sounds and therefore is never the initial letter of a word.
  • When pronouncing umlauts (ü, ä, ö), make it sound as if it is the regular vowel, and then an -e behind it. As an example, fünf would sound like fuenf.
  • Vowel combinations are and sound as follows: au = ow, eu = oy, ei = i, ie = ee.
  • Pronunciation quick list:
    • ß is a double s (ss)
    • ä - Make a sound like 'ay' but widen your mouth.
    • ö - Make a sound like 'uh' but with rounder lips.
    • ü - Make a sound like 'ooh' but with rounder lips.
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