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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Say Colors

with Dai Ishiguro

Knowing how to name the different colors in Japanese is a useful skill to have. This video from About.com will show you how to say some of the colors in Japanese.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Say Colors

Hello, my name is Dai Ishiguro for About.com. Today I'm going to teach you how to say colors in Japanese.  

Saying Colors in Japanese

Colors in Japanese, we say, "Iro."  "I ro," "Iro." This is formal way and informal way. We have only one way of saying colors. We say, "Iro." So if it's red, we say, "Aka." "Aka" means "red." So you say, "Aka." "Blue" is "Ao," "A o." If it's yellow, we say, "Ki i ro," "Kiiro" means "yellow," "Kiiro."

Writing Colors in Japanese

Now I'm going to write "Iro." In Japanese, we write like this, "Iro." "Iro" means "colors," "Iro." And the color of red is "Aka." So this is red. In Japanese, we say "Aka." And blue, we write like this, "A o." "Ao" means "blue." And yellow, yellow is two letters. So we say "Kiiro." This is "Ki" and you add "Iro." Yellow is two letters, "Ki i ro." So "Iro" means "colors," "Aka" means "red", "Ao" means "blue," "Kiiro" means "yellow."

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