In Vietnamese, Asking about Color

For color, the Vietnamese word is màu. Often you can also hear the similar word màu sắc, which can be used as the equivalent of màu in certain instances. However, as a consequence of its color, màu sắc also subtly implies the general look-and – feel of the piece.

Below are the different ways to ask about colors that you can use. You’d see the literal mappings of English for each question.

Màu yêu thích của bạnlà gì?
Your favorite coloris what?
Bạnthíchcái váy(có) màu gì?
Youlikethe dress(has) what color?
Quần jean của anh ta(có) màu gì?
His jeans(has) what color?

You can take a look at the tutorial on how to say my, your, etc in Vietnamese if you need an answer as to why your favorite color is translated into Màu yêu thích của bạn in Vietnamese.

Màu behaves as if it were a verb in the last 2 examples: cái váy màu gì?. This can be explained by mentioning that it is omitted from the word, which means have in English. With or without the term , you may inquire, but most individuals will omit it.

     Ask about the color of an item

     [Item] + Màu gì?

In Vietnamese Colors

The following table shows you how to say different colors in Vietnamese

blue: xanh dương(also: xanh da trời)green: xanh lá cây(also: xanh da trời)red: đỏpurple: tím
yellow: vàngorange: (da) cambrown: đà (also: nâu)black: đen
pink: hồngwhite: trắnggrey: xám

The only thing you need to remember is that xanh is a generic word for color that may apply to blue or green. So it is unclear without the sense to say xanh. In Vietnamese, the word for blue is xanh dương or xanh da trời, referring to the sky’s hue. In Vietnamese, green is xanh lá cây, referring literally to the colour of the leaves.

Chat in Vietnamese about colors

We can now answer the questions about color in the first segment after learning the color phrases in Vietnamese.

Question: Màu yêu thích của bạn là gì?

Answer: Màu yêu thích của tôi là là màu xanh da trời.

Question: Bạn thích cái váy màu gì?

Answer: Tôi thích cái váy màu hồng.

Question: Quần jean anh ta (có) màu gì?

Answer: Quần jean anh ta màu xám.

     Chat in Vietnamese about colors

     [Item] + màu + [Name of the color]

You will use màu + [Name of the color] such as đỏ /xanh / vàng, etc. to refer to a color as a noun. However, màu is sometimes, but not always, omitted if the color is used as an adjective.

cái áo sơ mi đỏtrông rất đẹp
the red shirtlooks very nice
Cái khăn choàng xámrất hợp với em
The grey scarfsuits you nicely


  • In Vietnamese, the term for color is màu. In the Color Table, the names of different colors in Vietnamese are given.
  • For an item’s color: [Item] + màu gì?

To indicate the color of an item: [Item] + màu + [Color name]

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