There is a Thai saying I really like จะถูกจะแพงขอแดงไว้ก่อน /jà tùuk jà paeng kŏr daeng wái gòrn/, in English it would be ‘it doesn’t matter if it is cheap or expensive, go for red’ : )
Color in Thai is สี /sĭi/. When Thai people talking about color the word สี /sĭi/ can be put in front of the name of the color or can be dropped.
The first set of colors I learned when I was a little girl were the colors of a rainbow.
- ม่วง /mûang/ purple
- คราม /kraam/ indigo
- น้ำเงิน /náam ngern/ dark blue
- เขียว /kĭao/ green
- เหลือง /lŭeang/ yellow
- แสด /sàed/ red-orange
- แดง /daeng/ red
Other colors ;
- ขาว /kăao/ white
- ดำ /dam/ black
- ฟ้า /fáa/ blue
- ชมพู /chom-puu/ pink
- ทอง /tong/ gold
- เงิน /ngern/ silver
*เงิน /ngern/ also means ‘money’
- น้ำตาล /náam dtaan/ brown
*น้ำตาล /náam dtaan/ also means ‘sugar’
The word “เข้ม /kêm/” dark and “อ่อน /òrn/” light is put after the color to describe dark or light shade. For example; สีแดงเข้ม /sĭi daeng kêm/ dark red color.
คุณชอบสีอะไรคะ /kun chôrp sĭi à-rai ká?/ What color do you like? : )
Alejandro Unda says
Sawadee Krap. I would like to know the meaning of the word KRATING in Thai. I recently watched a series where one of the characters, a very humane and strong boxer, had that name. I wold love to name a son of mine like that.
“กระทิง Krating” means “bull”.
Hlo miss, I just want to know in เหลือง why did the เห sound disappear?
Hi! I am sorry for my late reply.In Thai language, when ห is leading “low class consonant” ห is silent but the tone follows the high class consonant tone rule.
Thanks Mod for the information about colors. I have just read today cos I was looking for how different colors are called in Thailand.
This summer I have promised myself to learn more Thai to upgrade from where I had reached.
this is helpful 😉
can you do the same but in more detail
like navy, violet etc.
Thank you for your suggestion. It is a good one!
How do I say in thai I want to color my hair blonde?
You would say ชั้นอยากทำผมสีบลอนด์ /chán yàak tam pŏm sǐi blon/.
do you have a video to listen the correct pronunciation of the different colors?
Thank you very much
We haven’t done a video on colors yet. Thank you for your comment, We will do that in a near future. 🙂
Supergood blog with lots of useful information and details you couldn’t find anywhere else! My first visit here but I’m gonna be a regular! About the colours I’ve heard they also have some deeper meanings. Like for instance if you see a new house and in bright pink it means there’s living a single lady or a purple one if the house belongs to a widow etc. Don’t know if it’s true but as I’ve understood all the colors have some hidden meanings??! Does they and if it would be so nice o learn more about that!
Thank you so much Mod for this excellent webpage!!
Sawatdee ka Marqar, thank you for reading my post and your interesting comment. I will do more research about it.
Thai saying does not say if red colour also attracts bull
Philip Mifsud says
You make me keep on learning! Khap khun khrap Mod
ฉันชอบสีฟ้า ^^ ขอบคุณมาก for teaching! I’m ฉันลูกครึ่ง but I forgot Thai so I’m learning again. You help me to understand.