September 01, 1996

Show Your Colors

Show Your Colors

Каждый охотник желает знать, где сидит фазан.
Every hunter wants to know where the pheasant sits.

This seemingly stupid phrase is actually a trick to help you learn Russian colors. Each initial letter corresponds to the colors of the rainbow красный, оранжевый, жёлтый, зелёный, голубой, синий, фиолетовый. Russian schoolchildren are taught it in natural science or physics and it’s so catchy that once you’ve learned it you are bound to remember these Russian colors’ names.

No, this isn’t a lesson in elementary physics. But colors are essential in linguistics too: they help you make your language more sophisticated, or just more colorful.

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