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Colors & Adjectives

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Colors & Adjectives

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Color Names



kuro
Black



shiro
White



aka
Red



ao
Blue



midori
Green

黄色

kiiro
Yellow



murasaki
Purple

茶色

chairo
Brown

灰色

haiiro
gray

オレンジ

orenji
Orange

Color Words



iro
Color

白黒

shiro kuro
Black & White (lit. White & Black)

-na Adjectives

有名な

yuumei na
Famous

上手な

jouzu na
Skilled

下手な

heta na
Unskillful

便利な

benri na
Convenient

好きな

suki na
Likable

大事な

daiji na
Important

元気な

genki na
Energetic

静かな

shizuka na
Quiet

-i Adjectives

新しい

atarashii
New

古い

furui
Old

あつい

atsui
Hot (weather)

寒い

samui
Cold (weather)

甘い

amai
Sweet

辛い

karai
Spicy Hot

遅い

osoi
Slow, Late

はやい

hayai
Fast, Early

忙しい

isogashii
Busy

高い

takai
High, Expensive

安い

yasui
Cheap

近い

chikai
Close

遠い

tooi
Far

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I've heard blue said as "aoi", red as "akai", and I'm pretty sure I've heard white as "shiroi".

Is there any difference with the I at the end? And what other colors have the I?

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The -i is the adjectival

The -i is the adjectival form, but the name of the color itself would drop it.

aka = red
akai kuruma = a red car
aka ga suki = I like red.
akai mono ga suki. = I like red things.

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