Sunday, January 8, 2012

Learning Korean (word) 2. Colors(색깔)




색깔(Colors)

색 or 색깔 means color..
There are three different forms, verb ,noun and adjective(noun modifier) forms..
but here.. we'll just take a look at only two forms, noun and adjective forms..

Noun
Color
Adjective / Noun Modifier
파란색
Blue
파란
검정색
Black
까만
하얀색
White
하얀
빨간색
Red
빨간
노란색
Yellow
노란
초록색
Green
초록색
주황색
Orange
주황색
보라색
Purple
보라색
핑크색 / 분홍색
Pink
핑크색 / 분홍색
은색
Silver
은색
금색
Gold
금색
갈색
Light Brown
갈색
밤색
Brown
밤색
회색
Gray
회색

Let's take a look at the first color on the list
Blue..
The noun form is 파란색. When you simply say colors only you can use a noun form
For example, 

                 This is blue. - 이것은 파란색이다.

but when you describe something you should use an adjective form (color +noun)
just like the followings

                  Blue flower -파란 (color: blue-파란 + noun: flower-꽃)
                  red book-  빨간 꽃 (color : red-빨간 + noun : book-책)

Useful expressions

-What color is it?    이건 무슨 색 이예요?
-It's white.     하얀색이예요.
-It's a red flower.  빨간 꽃 이예요.

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