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how to learn chinese color word method

How to learn Chinese color word method?

This singer is now ______, A red, B white, C yellow, D black.

This is a hsk exam, if the Chinese people go to the exam, it is natural

to choose the red, but many Japanese and South Korean candidates

to choose the white, this result makes us incredible. From this

Chinese case, we can find that certain Chinese words have given

profound cultural meanings. Language is the carrier of culture,

everywhere embodied in intercultural communication.

Many words in Chinese have cultural meanings, for example,

when talking about “magpie”, they immediately think of something

festive. When they talk about “fame,” they mean ambition.

Narcissus has the meaning of purity and elegance in Chinese, but it

is narcissistic in English. Often, the same meaning is different in

different cultural environments, so cultural conflicts sometimes


In Chinese, several colors have their own additional meaning.


the han people like red for a long time reminding

The Han people like red for a long time, reminding people of

the sun and the fire to bring happiness and bright light, which is

extended to be a celebration and auspicious meaning.


Reminiscent of white clouds, snow, so a sense of pride and

elegance, due to historical reasons, white is also dangerous.


is the color of the Chinese nation, is regarded as a symbol of

the country, because of contact with the royal family, it is also a

symbol of wealth. Pornography refers to the introduction of

pornography from the United States. It can be seen that the

meaning of culture in different countries is also very different.


The ancients believed that black represented the north and

winter, symbolizing sadness, desolation and anger. Black in ancient

times is also a symbol of noble and solemn, in the modern in

addition to these two kinds of meanings, also on behalf of the

mysterious black, since ancient times people afraid of the dark, so

black also symbolizes the fear and mysterious. Therefore, in serious

and advanced occasions men wear black suits

and advanced occasions, men wear black suits, and women’s black

dresses are considered solemn and elegant. In funeral and

memorial, relatives and friends also wear black and black to show

seriousness and respect.


Purple in the Chinese culture and the same red and yellow, a

symbol of wealth and noble. In Chinese, to say that a person is

gaining popularity is “red and purple.” Peking Opera purple face

showing solemn, steady, full of sense of justice characters.


Green is the color of plants, is a symbol of vitality, the modern

mention of green is also mostly from the environmental protection,

youthful vitality such a positive sense. In the ancient culture, the

green represents a lot of negative meaning, beginning with humble

ordinary people’s clothing, then to the “Green Hat” such a clearly

derogatory term, as well as representing the unpleasant

atmosphere, Such as describing a person “angry face is green.”


gray represents depression disappointment contains

Gray represents depression, disappointment, contains

negative implications.

Japan and South Korea students chose the stars is very white,

because in their national, pure white said, but they don’t know how

say in Chinese white terror, unfortunate meanings, such as this is

the influence of negative transfer. Of course, there are a lot of

people in the face of foreign cultural nationalism of the protection

of the in the mind, we do not recommend that students take the

attitude of acceptance, just hope they can change a perspective

different from our own culture and not biased to Chinese cultural

stereotypes, can retain their own cultural identity, and according to

China’s specific conditions to experience and observe.

Color words in Chinese are a manifestation of Chinese culture.

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