Expressions with colours – talk fluently with locals
Finally the spring has arrived! For already a few days we hear the birds singing, see the sun more often and the blooming flowers colour the streets. Today we would like to talk with you about colours, because the Spanish language knows a lot of expressions with colours. Wouldn’t it be nice to use these expressions when talking to your Spanish neighbour or roommate? Let’s see what expressions with colours like verde, rojo, negro, blanco, morado, marrón, rosa and naranja are often used in Spain.
- Poner verde This expression is used when criticizing someone who is not there.
- Ser verde You can say that “you’re green” when you are an ecologist.
- Dar luz verde When you “give the green light” you approve something.
- Ponerse rojo This expression is used when someone starts blushing.
- Ser rojo You can say “soy rojo” when you want to say that you’re a communist.
- Estar rojo Did you had too much sun and consequently sunburned? Then you “estás rojo”!
- Estar al rojo vivo Use this expression when you are excited or nervous for a certain situation.
- Ponerse negro Use this expression when you’re irritated or annoyed.
- Estar negro You have taken a lot of sun and coloured “¡Estás negro!”
- Tener la negra This expression is used to express bad luck .
- Quedarse en blanco You “quedarse en blanco” when you do not know what to say.
- No tener blanca Something students often deal with… Being out of money!
- Ponerse morado Spaniards use this expression to say they have eaten too much.
- Tragarse un marron/cargar con el marrón This expression can be used when you are responsible for something you did not do
- Estar como una rosa Spaniards use this to say that something is perfect
- Media naranja Finding your media naranja means finding a person with whom you want to share the rest of your life with.
Ready to use these expressions with colours? ¿Te consideras verde? ¿Recuerdas alguna situación que estuviera al rojo vivo? ¿Has encontrado ya tu media naranja? If you understand and can answer these questions you understood all of it. Learning expressions, such as these expressions with colours, takes time and practise. Eventually you will be able to express yourself better to the locals!