Welcome to another post about color! Today, we’re going to be talking about the color blue in Korean.
The above form 파란색, is the standard word for the color blue and you would use this if you were just referring to the color itself. 파란색 is the equivalent of saying “the color red”. Like other colors, the word ‘색’ acts as a noun modifier. ‘색’ is the word for color in Korean.
Here is an example of how you could use it in a sentence.
파란색 좋아해요. (I like the color blue.)
Like we talked about with the color red, there is a another form of blue:
This is also a noun form of the color blue, however, you cannot use it as 파랑색, which many people do incorrectly. You can just use it by itself, and it would mean “the color blue”.
Here is another example of a sentence similar to the one above:
파랑 좋아해요. (pa-rang jo-a-hae-yo) = I like the color blue.
Next, we will talk about the adjective forms of the color blue. The adjective form is:
As you can see, the 색 is removed leaving the color itself. You can now use it describe objects that are blue:
파란 바다 (pa-ran ba-da) = The blue sea.
파란 지우개 (pa-ran ji-u-gae) = The blue eraser.
파란 차 (pa-ran cha) = The blue car.
Keep in mind that using the full form (파란색) to describe things that are blue is also fine.
Finally, we have one more adjective form of the color blue:
The literal meaning of this adjective is “to be blue”. Here is an example of how we can use it in a sentence:
자동차 파랗다. (ja-dong-cha pa-ra-tta) = The car is blue.
And there you have it! Look out for more posts soon on colors.
Also remember that romanization is only a tool. Try not to depend on it too much. Learning the Hangul alphabet is the key to success!