Colors in German: Learn 14 popular colors

What color is used to describe someone who is drunk, maybe at Oktoberfest?

What color is someone who takes the train without buying a ticket?

What is the most popular car color in Germany?

We answer all of these questions and more in this German color cheat sheet.

Colors are a universal language, which makes them an important learning topic when traveling in German-speaking countries.

In this article, you’ll learn about the 14 most popular German colors, with audio recordings to aid your German pronunciation and popular idioms you may hear as you learn German.


So… What is your favorite color? What is your favorite color?

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Learn colors in German

Here are the most common German colors and their translation (with audio). Remember, color usually comes before the noun when using color to describe something. The red apple – the red apple.

  • Red – rot

  • Orange – orange
  • Yellow – yellow
  • Green – green
  • Blue – blue
  • Light Blue – Light Blue
  • Dark blue – dark blue
  • Purple – purple
  • Pink – pink
  • Khaki – khaki
  • Black – black
  • White – White
  • Gray – Gray
  • Brown – brown

German colors: fun facts

Red – rot

If you are a wine drinker, rot is an important color for learning.

Red wine is red wine in German. The Pinot Noir is a Pinot Noir, a popular red wine that is grown in all 13 wine-growing regions throughout Germany.

Orange – orange

Fortunately for English speakers, Orange has the same spelling in German as it does in English, with only a slight difference in pronunciation. Listen to the croaking ‘r’ in German.

Both the color and the fruit are in German orange – but the fruit must be capitalized when writing, since it is a noun.

Yellow – yellow

Danger, yellow – yellow in German – is one of those tricky fake friends. It can easily be confused with the English color gold.

Fun fact: the color gold is the same word in English and in German!

And while sun yellow is a color associated with optimism and hope, Germans actually say they are yellow with envy: Yellow with envy – whereas in English we would say that we are green with envy.

Green – green

Nature-loving Germans are often said to have a green thumb: a green thumb.

As in many countries, green stands in German – green – in the name of a “green” German party: The Greens.

Your focus is on protecting the environment. Germany is a world leader in sustainability, renewable energies, recycling and public transport. §

Blue – blue

After a few German beers at Oktoberfest, you could be described as be blue – literally be blue.

But in this context this expression is with blue – blue in German – means something completely different. Here it means to be drunk.

And the next day, when you’re hungover, you can “to skip work“(Take a cheeky day at work).

Light Blue – Light Blue

When you have your morning coffee you might see a nice one light blue sky, or light blue sky.

Dark blue – dark blue

From fashion to home decor, dark blue is an elegant, down-to-earth color and symbolizes relaxation, balance and harmony.

Purple – purple

Throughout Germany in autumn, lilafelden, or purple fields scattered across the landscape. These purple colored flowers are called phacelia and are planted after the grain is harvested to restore nutrients to the soil.

Pink – pink

Thinking of a rose is an easy way to remember the German word for pink. pink.

The expression Look through pink glassesWhen you look through pink glasses, you have an overly optimistic view of things.

Khaki – khaki

The color khaki is the same in English and German and refers to both the beige color and the trouser style popular in outdoor sports such as hiking.

Black – black

It is very likely that you will meet one Miss Black when visiting German-speaking countries, as it is one of the most popular German surnames.

And if you travel to Germany, don’t be Dodger – a cheeky rule breaker who takes the train without buying a ticket!

White – White

Another popular last name that is white in German is White, with the German letter ß, which is pronounced like a double s.

Gray – Gray

Why do motorways in Germany look a little boring? because Gray According to Statista, it is officially the most popular car color in Germany.

The popular expression “At night all cats are grey”which means all cats are gray at night is another way of saying everything looks the same.

Brown – brown

Although it is spelled slightly differently, the pronunciation of brown in German and English is very similar.

But also when someone with a dark tan returns from their summer vacation.

“But you turned tan!” (You have a nice tan!)

Describe colors in German

Use these common adjectives to further describe colors in German. They should always be used before the color they refer to in written and oral German.

Light – hell

You can use hell in front of any color to change it as a light color. When it is written there is no space between the two words so would be light green light green.

Dark – dark

Add dark in front of a color to emphasize the degree of darkness. dark is also a variety of German beers that typically range in color from amber to dark brown: dark brown.

Stump – frosted

Frosted is used to describe surfaces such as walls or car paints that appear dull.

Colorful – colorful

A garden full of tulips in spring or the fresh produce at a market stall on the weekend could be described as colorful.


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