Colors in Hebrew: A rainbow of possibilities!

Life is full of colors! Even if we feel like singing the amazing song that appeared in the Trolls movie, we’ll try to focus the next few paragraphs on something really important and useful: learning the colors in Hebrew.

Learning what the colors are called in Hebrew will enable you to expand your vocabulary, and to add even more adjectives to the many words you learned when we talked about the summer words, or even when we discussed the modern Hebrew words you should learn today.

Colors are everywhere, so one of the very first steps you should take when learning Hebrew is making sure you know your colors in order to have a wider, better experience both on your next visit to Israel, or in the next class you take at the Rosen School of Hebrew.

Primary Colors in Hebrew: The root of every other color!

We decided to divide this explanatory article into 3 sections; primary, secondary, and Israel related colors. Make yourself comfortable, and if you have a box of crayons nearby, grab it to start practicing right away!

Red: Red in Hebrew is אדום (pronounced: ah-dom), and it can be used in many different contexts. One of them is the national version of the Red Cross, which is called the מגן דוד אדום (pronounced: Mah-ghen Dah-vid Ah-Dom). We hope you don’t have to use this last one, and that, instead, you relate this color to the nose of a ליצן (can you figure out what this word means?).

Yellow: Yellow in Hebrew is צהוב (pronounced: tzah-hov). This color can also be used for many things. Do you remember when we talked about Israeli street food? Well, there is one sauce/topping that you can add almost to any Israeli delight and it’s called “Amba”. Know how to recognize it? Very simple! The צהוב one!

Blue: Blue is one of the most important colors in Hebrew, and it is כחול (pronounced: kah-chol). Besides being one of the 2 colors in the Israeli flag, the color of the sky, and the color of the sea; blue is a very symbolic color both for the entire country and for Judaism. Learn it well, you’ll need to use it very often.

White: White in Hebrew is לבן (pronounced: lah-vahn), and together with כחול, constitute most of the Israeli symbols. This word can be found in many symbols, flags, and events. If you want another tip for something to do while in Tel Aviv, “לילה לבן” is a cultural night you want to experience at least once in your life! The whole city stays up all night and many festivities are held across town.

Black: Black in Hebrew is שחור (pronounced: shah-chor), and as you already know, it is the color of the t-shirt that’s going to help you look thin forever (not recommended for the hottest days of the summer). This word can be found in many places in Israel, beaches that have that name, and even a well-known burger chain that also decided to include a little שחור in their name.

Secondary Colors in Hebrew: Getting deeper into the crayon box!

Orange: Orange in Hebrew is כתום (pronounced: kah-tom), and even if you were thinking oranges have the same name as the color just like in other languages, this is not the case. Oranges in Hebrew are תפוזים, and even if they are כתום in color, they don’t share a name.

Green: The color of trees, grass, parks, and even of political parties. Green in Hebrew is ירוק (pronounced: yah-rokh). Make sure to only cross the street when the ירוק sign for pedestrians is on, or you might risk getting a police fine.

Purple: Purple in Hebrew is סגול (pronounced: sah-gol), and even if there aren’t too many places or opportunities to use this color or to say it out loud, we must recognize that is one of the prettiest colors in the world, isn’t it?

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Israel-related colors in Hebrew: Are you ready for the light blue?

There are many colors that are deeply connected to Israel’s story, people, and roots. Let’s go over only 2 of them so you can expand your Hebrew vocabulary a bit more. Are you ready?

Gold: Gold in Hebrew is זהב (pronounced: zah-hav). This is the color of Jerusalem, the color of the Menorah, and the color of many things we use in Jewish traditional holidays. Not only that, you should know how to say this in Hebrew if you’re looking to get your mother a nice necklace on your next trip to Israel. Yes, sir! A זהב one! Your mother deserves it.

Light Blue: Light blue is also very present in many different parts of everyday Israeli life. You can find this color in different Talit designs, or in some representations of symbols of the State of Israel. Light blue in Hebrew is תכלת (pronounced: tcheh-let. It is a hard one, don’t worry!).

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Colors in Hebrew are just one out of many parts of the language you should master. We invite you to take a look at our online Hebrew courses and to allow yourself to discover a new, exciting way to learn this ancient, wise, interesting, and modern language. Believe us, it is going to be extremely כיף and you’ll for sure learn with lots of הצלחה. Are you ready?! Join today and become a Hebrew master.

About the author

Arie Elbelman R.Arie was born and raised in Chile, and immigrated to Israel in his early twenties. He wants to take an active role in the development of this young and smart country. Arie believes that the best way to shape our present and future is to live with more horizontal hierarchies, to smile a whole lot, and to always, always respect each other.

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