English as a Foreign Language Learning Colors Examples
Here are a few starter examples:
White: This color technically isn’t a “color" at all. Neither is black for that matter. Nonetheless, it is often used to represent good, cleanliness or purity in many cultural aspects. Angels and the “heavenly hosts" are pictured as wearing white robes. (Revelation 7:14) White is used in uniforms of Heath and Culinary Arts professionals like Chefs. “White as snow" is an expression which denotes a high state of cleanliness, innocence or purity. New brides wear white. Bright white is considered to be freshly cleaned, but an “off-white" is not quite so. A “white" knight was characterized as good as opposed to the “black" knight who was “the bad guy" of medieval times. White symbolizes death in Japan instead of black as in other countries.
Red: What images do you conjure up by a person’s “seeing red". What does a woman’s wearing a “red dress" mean? Why are bullfighter’s capes almost always red even though bulls are color-blind? What does the color red represent in the country where you teach? How is the color red used – or NOT used?
Yellow: In English, it’s a serious insult to say, “You’re yellow" to a man. Why? Because the color is often used in English to represent fear and cowardice. To “turn yellow" means to become fearful to the point of inaction. The color yellow however, can also positively represent brightness, cheerfulness, sunshine, etc.. If something has “yellowed" though, it usually means that it’s aged, oxidized, tarnished or spoiled in some way. Many fruits and vegetables are ripe when they turn yellow. But if your pants or skirt have a yellow stain in them when you get up, well, oops! Excuse me!