How Language Shapes Our Perception of Colours


Differences in language may shape our experience of seeing colours, creating a unique reality for different language speakers.


#English has eleven basic colours, such as red, orange and green. However, #Hanuno, spoken in the #Philippines, has only four basic colours whereas #Pirahã, a language spoken by an #Amazonian tribe, reportedly has no words for colours and instead uses comparisons to describe the colour of an object.


In #Welsh, there are no words that correspond to green, blue, grey or brown as in English. It uses different words including one that covers parts of green, parts of grey and one for the whole of blue that overlaps into green and grey.


#Hungarian has two words for the English red, whereas #Navajo Indians in #North America have a single word for blue and green, yet two words for black. In #Greek, #Italian and #Russian, there exist two words for blue that corresponds to light and dark blue and are perceived as separate colours.


In English there is a distinction between red and pink, which is not considered in some other languages such as #Chinese. In #Tswana, like #Vietnamese and #Pashto, there is just one word for blue and green, making the listener depend on the context to know which shade the speaker is referring to.


Featured Posts
Recent Posts
Archive
Search By Tags
Follow Us
  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Twitter Basic Square
About Us

Wherever you are. Wherever you go.

We know you need to speak the language and understand the culture, but you are "always on the go".

Our approach is to bring the teaching and knowledge to you.

Mobile, interactive, innovative, fun and efficient, our teaching and consulting revolve around your busy schedule. We provide a selection of tools and platforms combining traditional and online tutoring.

© 2021 by Languages for Businesses 

Find Us / Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8810 1330

Email: info@lfb-team.com

Languages for Businesses

4th Floor

169 Piccadilly, Mayfair

London W1J 9EH

Make an Enquiry

Contact us today to find out how we can help your business with the language skills it needs.