Learn the Colors in German

Brushes and oil paint forming a messy colour wheel
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Colors - Farben
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FarbeColor"Colorful" Phrases (color adjectives)
rotredder  Wagen (the red car), der Wagen ist 
rosapinkdie  Rose (the pink rose)*
blaublueein blaues Auge (a black* eye), er ist  (he's drunk)
*In German, a black eye is blue.
hell-
blau
light
blue
die  Bluse (the light blue blouse)**
dunkel-
blau
dark
blue
die  Bluse (the dark blue blouse)
grüngreender  Hut (the green hat) 
gelbyellowein  Licht (a yellow light)
orangeorangedas  Buch (the orange book) 
braunbrowndie  Schuhe (the brown shoes) 
beigebeigeder  Kasten (the beige box)
violettvioletder  Hut (the violet hat) 
lilalilac/mauveder  Hut (the lilac hat)* 
weißwhitedas  Papier (the white paper) 
schwarzblackder  Koffer (the black suitcase)
graugrayder  Pulli (the gray sweater) 
türkisturquoiseeine  Karte (a turquoise card) 
silbersilvereine  Münze (a silver coin) 
goldgoldeine  Münze (a gold coin), eine Goldmünze
 
* Colors ending in -a (lila, rosa) or -e (beige, orange) do not take the normal adjective endings.
** Light or dark colors are preceded by hell- (light) or dunkel- (dark), as in hellgrün (light green) or dunkelgrün (dark green).