Colors in Europe Quiz

Can you correctly spell the words for these colors in Spanish, French, and German?
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Last updated: May 10, 2016
First submittedApril 25, 2016
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Color
Spanish
French
German
Black
Negro
Noir
Schwarz
Blue
Azul
Bleu
Blau
Brown
Marrón
Brun
Braun
Green
Verde
Vert
Grün
Gray
Gris
Gris
Grau
Orange
Naranja
Orange
Orange
Pink
Rosa
Rose
Rosa
Red
Rojo
Rouge
Rot
White
Blanco
Blanc
Weiß
Yellow
Amarillo
Jaune
Gelb
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Level 81
Apr 25, 2016
Europe? Spanish certainly is spoken more outside of Europe than inside. French - I guess that's a close one. Okay, German is European. Would've loved to see more languages.
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Level 66
May 6, 2016
Oh, please! Where were they born? where was Spanish born? Where was french born? Where did they build up their grammar, their literature, their characters? This relativism is kinda recklessness. English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and German ARE European languages. You can talk about Latin American Spanish, American English, Canadian French, no problems, but you can't argue upon their origins.
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Level 46
Jan 21, 2021
I mean, saying Europe and putting only Spanish, French and German is very biased, Russian is way more spoken than French and Spanish in Europe for instance, Greek, Serbo-Croatian, Polish, Swedish, Italian, Romanian... could also have been included as well
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Level 43
May 9, 2016
And german is also spoken outside of Europe. Your comment doesn't make sense.
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Level 11
Jun 24, 2017
German isn't spoken outside Europe.
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Level 58
Jul 7, 2017
It actually is; German is a national language of Namibia, co-official in several areas of Brazil (including top level divisions, i.e. states), and was of course formerly official in many other colonies where reduced populations exist, in addition to areas like the Volga German region (which was an SSR). Populations with no official legal recognition exist in South Africa ("The South African constitution identifies German as a "commonly used" language and the Pan South African Language Board is obligated to promote and ensure respect for it."), the US, Australia and so forth in the hundreds of thousands and even have their own dialects such as https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania_German_language
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Level 67
Jan 16, 2019
So what if it is spoken outside of europe aswell. That doesnt mean it isnt spoken in europe. In fact if it wasnt spoken in europe it wouldnt have been spoken elsewhere either, because that is what the origin is...

Such a weird comment. It is like saying if someone is named after someone else, then the original person is not called that anymore...

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Level 82
Apr 28, 2016
In French, it seems to me that "brun" is more common than "marron".
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Level 76
May 2, 2016
Arp2600 is correct. We use brun far more commonly. Marron is "chestnut." If you want to accept colour variations that's fine, but this quiz seems geared towards middle-of-the-road colour names.
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Level 62
May 6, 2016
As a native French speaker, I second this. "Brun" is the French equivalent of "brown".
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Level 74
Dec 10, 2018
It may be a school material thing. For some reason, marron is the first choice they teach in schools even here right next door to France.
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Level 47
Nov 28, 2020
I was about to come into the comments to say that brun should be changed to marron because thats what i learned, but im not a native french speaker and native french speakers are saying that brun is more often used so nevermind
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Level 47
Jan 22, 2021
I'm a native French.

And I say the opposite : Marron is the correct answer.

You will use the word Brun to speak about hair or beer.

That's all.

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Level 47
Jan 22, 2021
And even for hair, Brun doesn't have a clear meaning. It means most of the time "dark"
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Level ∞
May 6, 2016
Good to know! Changed the displayed answer to brun. Brun and marron will both continue to be accepted.
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Level 43
Aug 15, 2019
Well, as a French, I did not even know people use 'Brun' at all. Marron is the real color, Brun is only used to describe hair.
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Level 58
Nov 19, 2020
I agree ! I use much more the word "marron" than "brun". I think it changes regarding the region.
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Level 71
Jan 20, 2021
Totally agree with 2 other comments. Nobody uses "brun" except for hair, or in some phrases like "chemise brune" to translate German "Braunhemd" ("brownshirt", for Nazi SA). But out of this historical context, if you have a brown shirt, it will be "une chemise marron" and brown shoes will be "des chaussures marron", never "chaussures brunes". If you ask "what colour is this?" pointing at anything (cloth, furniture, pencil...), if the answer is "brown" in English, it will most certainly be "marron" in French... So the answer should be "marron", of course accepting "brun" as a type-in.
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Level 53
Jan 20, 2021
Brun is the only word used by French Canadians. Marron is the most common word used in France.
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Level 46
Jan 21, 2021
"brun" is used mostly for hair and little bears lol
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Level 62
Jan 20, 2021
They're both equally used. My "Sprachgefühl" tells me that "marron" is more common for the name of the colour, while "brun" is more used as an adjective. Both should be accepted, and either can be displayed as the correct answer.
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Level 55
Jan 20, 2021
As a French I fully disagree.

Marron is both the name of the color AND the adjective.

It litterally means "with the color of chestnut" as chestnut is "marron" in French.

If you ask for something which is brown you will use "marron" in French.

Except for the tint as you may use "brun" or some linguistic expressions.

Concerning hair when you use "brun", it is for dark brown hair.

If it is only brown (dark blonde in English) we use "châtain" which comes from châtaigne (chestnut) another name for marron (which is a fruit and a color then).

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Level 46
Jan 21, 2021
I'm French and where I live, Marron is more common than Brun
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Level 57
Jan 22, 2021
I'm a native French speaker as well and to me marron is more common than brun. It may be a north-south difference (I'm from Southern France).
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Level 64
May 6, 2016
I thought "anaranjado" was orange the color, and "naranja" was the fruit
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Level 63
May 6, 2016
Naranja can be both(at least that is how Puerto Rico uses it)
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Level 58
Aug 15, 2019
i was in costa rica, and they only used naranja
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Level 28
Apr 14, 2020
Naranja is the color but Anaranjado is describing something that is Naranja (orange)
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Level 56
Jan 20, 2021
what
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Level 55
May 6, 2016
You should add italian at least
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Level 63
May 6, 2016
Here is the pro version if you want to do it
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Level 46
May 6, 2016
'Colour' not color & 'grey' not gray.
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Level 62
May 6, 2016
LOL seriously?
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Level 73
May 6, 2016
All together now: "This is a quiz site run out of the United States."
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Level 46
May 10, 2016
No - seriosly :)
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Level 79
Jul 30, 2017
But if this is a quiz about European languages, it would stand to reason that those parts in English should be in British English.
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Level 56
Jan 20, 2021
no
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Level 65
May 6, 2016
You lost the war. That means you lost the u.
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Level 50
May 6, 2016
rekd
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Level 83
Aug 13, 2018
They stole the U from France after they won the war against Napoleon. -Or is a Latin suffix that is correctly retained as -OR in the U.S.A.
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Level 67
Jan 16, 2019
"correctly" right... there is no correct... Otherwise french spanish and portuguese are all incorrect languages, if they all would have kept the same, it would have been the same language.

languages evolve... you cant call one better than the other (even though I have seen many on here convinced of that...)

. (actually im pretty sure that either side would still remain convinced that their language is superior (for the ones that feel that way now) even if the situation was reversed, if british had stayed closer to old english and that american had continued to evolve. (I can think of "arguments'' allready. like survival of the fittest, we're the summit of the evolution of the language etc" "we improved it")

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Level 81
May 6, 2016
I got most of the Spanish colors but forgot brown. That makes me muy triste...
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Level 73
May 6, 2016
Lo siento
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Level 56
Jan 20, 2021
te perdono
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Level 77
Jan 25, 2021
We learned brown as "pardo" in school. I tried that first.
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Level 15
May 6, 2016
It's not rosa, it's rosada
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Level 62
May 6, 2016
In Spanish, "naranja" means the fruit, while the color orange is "anaranjado." Also, I've always learned that pink is "rosada," not "rosa."
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Level 77
May 6, 2016
In Spanish, where? Spain? Or elsewhere?
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Level ∞
May 10, 2016
I have heard that, in Spain, the colors are naranja and rosa. Please weigh in if you are a native Spanish speaker from Spain!

(Language quizzes tend to draw a lot of inaccurate comments as people are often overconfident of their language knowledge)

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Level 49
Jun 20, 2017
They're all valid responses: naranja/anaranjado, rosa/rosado. Usage probably varies from place to place. However I think it's more common for people to say things like color de rosa...de color naranja since rosa and naranja are technically nouns. Same thing with café/marrón.
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Level 77
Jan 20, 2021
In Spanish when you add -ado or -ido to the end of the root word it represents the participle used for adjectives, nouns, and some verb tenses. For example, “He is asleep.” Está dormido. (verb dormir) Or “The students were excited.” Los estudiantes estaban emocionados. (emocionar) “Have you spoken to your friend?” Has hablado con tu amigo? (hablar) While I know some Spanish speaking countries outside of Spain say anaranjado o rosado for orange and pink, using these words in Spain sounds as if your describing something as orangish or pinkish because you added the participle ending. This may be an overly complicated grammatical explanation but it also explains why Spaniards think anaranjado sounds a little strange
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Level 49
May 6, 2016
in Peninsula Spanish the word "naranja" refers to both the colour and the fruit. I live in the UK and have been taught Spanish by a teacher from Spain and until I did this quiz I had never seen the word "anaranjado".
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Level 50
May 6, 2016
I speak French and Spanish but not German and my score reflected :P
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Level 73
Jan 21, 2018
Spanish and German here - same, but different. Couldn't remember yellow 'auf deutsch' ... na ja, es geht...
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Level 46
May 7, 2016
more languages and alternate spellings
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Level 47
May 8, 2016
30/30 with 2:44 to go! I'm good at languages.
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Level 67
May 9, 2016
Should definitely accept Moreno for brown.
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Level ∞
May 10, 2016
Okay
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Level 49
Jun 20, 2017
Moreno really means brunette or dark-skinned/tan in some countries. It would be like accepting blonde for yellow.
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Level 59
May 12, 2016
To everyone that wanted more languages, here is my 32-language version: www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/28534/colors-in-europe-insane
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Level 67
Jul 30, 2016
If it was really "Colors in Europe" then colour should have a "u".
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Level 67
Jan 16, 2019
If it really was colo(u)rs in europe, it would have more language. This is color in 3 languages..
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Level 67
Jan 20, 2021
Would be nice to see Italian, maybe Russian or Dutch here but that might be less accessible for people (I do believe expanded versions exist anyways!) Also I can't fault an American quiz for using American spellings, to make things clear.
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Level 64
Jan 16, 2017
In German there's also the word Pink. It is used for the English color hot pink or deep pink only though.
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Level 68
Jan 21, 2021
Since I have a daughter I've learned that Rosa and Pink are completely different colours.
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Level 16
Jul 31, 2018
36/40
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Level 16
Jul 31, 2018
actually it was 26/30
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Level 16
Jul 31, 2018
in Spanish, all the colors have two ways to say them.

rojo -> roja

amarillo -> amarilla

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Level 16
Jul 31, 2018
in Spanish there are 3 ways to say pink

rosa, rosado and violeta

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Level 69
Feb 23, 2021
Violeta is violet/purple, most definitely not pink. Spanish native here.
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Level 16
Jul 31, 2018
English is not an Australian, American, Hong Kong, Canadian, Irish or Cameroon Language. Since England made the language, it should be their language. But they made so many British Colonies that they separated apart into countries! But England still claims the language. Maybe English should be on there and maybe Irish should be on there. Also, maybe Portuguese should be on there too.
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Level 83
Aug 13, 2018
England has also drastically changed its spelling since the break with the U.S. In many instances, Americans are retaining the correct spellings. If the English people (Scots, Welsh and Irish aren't gung ho pro-English) want to have a fit about changing language, tell them to stop mangling German so badly. They can't even spell Anglisch right, language of the Angles that they claim to be speaking.
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Level 67
Jan 16, 2019
Really... there is no correct. In that case no language excisting now is correct... All languages change (if you have any interest in languages you would know that)

If you look at old english ( anglo-saxon) it is quite different from the english today. By your reasoning american english is equally incorrect, cause in no way it looks like english used to look...

Anglo-saxon is closer to modern dutch than modern english. (apparently even closer to frisian, but my knowledge of frisian isnt big enough to confirm or deny). I have heard many british people from the uk say that they cant make any sense of it ( which surprised me) but I can read quite a bit of it. It is even closer to old dutch than modern dutch obviously

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Level 52
Nov 7, 2018
i learned a song 60 years ago in German class, which included most of those colours... it was the Spanish that got me..
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Level 67
Jan 16, 2019
Got all the french, all the german except braun.. I might have looked silly trying stuff outloud, trying to make brown sound german ( I guess I tried every sound besides the one that exactly sounds like the english one.. mainly I tried stuff with an h in it. ) Spanish was more luck than wisdom.. I guessed them but wasnt 100% certain. Half of them I mean.

This quiz should have dutch aswell ;) but i allready saw there is an extended version. But ill probably be awfull on the eastern europe stuff..

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Level 57
Aug 15, 2019
In German it is perfectly fine to say pink, too. The differentiation between pink and rosa is nuanced but for the purpose of this quiz (english pink is not the same as german pink nor german rosa), both answers should be fine.
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Level 72
Aug 15, 2019
Interesting how the German words are the least correctly answered. I managed to get all German right (since I learn German), 6 in French and 3 in Spanish.
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Level 23
Dec 10, 2019
As a brazilian i'm surprised i get the most rights in german than the others
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Level 31
Jan 14, 2020
Getting my crayola pencils. (0_0) ✏️
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Level 51
Aug 4, 2020
I got a lot of the french and spanish because of crayons... someone tell crayola to put german on their labels
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Level 57
Jan 20, 2021
Curious to know if people went vertical or horizontal on this quiz. I decided to go horizontal and switch languages constantly.
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Level 66
Jan 20, 2021
Could you add alternative endings for the gendered color words? I don't know if you already did on most of them or not but I did notice that it didn't accept "blanca" for white in Spanish even though the ending depends entirely on the noun it's describing.

I'm only knowledgeable in Spanish, so I can't speak for the rest of the languages, but "amarillo" doesn't accept "amarilla," "rojo" doesn't accept "roja," and "negro" doesn't accept "negra."

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Level 80
Jan 20, 2021
Out of curiosity, why was purple excluded?
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Level 65
Jan 20, 2021
Good question. It would be controversial in Spanish - in Peru the only word used is 'morad@', but in Spanish classes in Europe I learned 'púrpur@'.

Like in South America no one knows what an avocado/aguacate is, but every corner has 'paltas' for sale...

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Level 66
Jan 20, 2021
What? In most of Colombia we use exclusively the word "aguacate".
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Level 65
Jan 21, 2021
I've definitely asked for "palta" in Colombia, but I imagine they just knew the word and gave us an "aguacate". Happy to be corrected.
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Level 38
Jan 20, 2021
Maybe also count roja for red in Spanish, because that also means red
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Level 49
Jan 23, 2021
How do you type white in German with a normal US English keyboard?
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Level 48
Jan 25, 2021
Why is yellow the lowest % in all these languages?