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Rotuman Colours Language Lesson by Romano Mạurea

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Published on Jun 1, 2015

Colour = Pạni/ pån (long form/ short form)

To clarify: Pạni is a noun and means 'colour'. When we say pån it is used as a verb, e.g., to colour or paint something. An exception to this is when you say pån het = one colour/ a colour/ the colour.

(The following are the basic Rotuman colour words, showing the long form / then short form)

Blue or green: Jarava/ jarav
yellow: Perpero /perper
Red: Miạ’/mi’a
White: Fisi/ fis
Black: Kele /kel
Grey [twilight]: Rạh rạhu/rạh rạh
Pink: Harmimiạ’/ Harmimi’a
Orange: Miạ’ perpero /perper mi’a

Brown: Miạ’ rạh rạhu/Mia’rạh rạh
Purple [Reddish]: Miạ’ fakfinefe ‘ata /fe ‘ata

Now I will add some more Rotuman colour descriptions:

(These give some insight into Rotuman culture and introduce some further Rotuman vocabulary).

Dark blue or Dark green: Jarav maksulu
Green [like grass]: Jarav fak mạ ‘usu
[very] blue: Jarav pau
Blue [like the sky]: Jarav fak se ar ne lạgi
Dark blue (like beyond the reef): Jarav fakli‘u
Blue [like the sea]: Jarav fak se sås ta
Yellow [like banana]: Perper fak se pạri
Dull yellow/ yellowish brown: Perper rạh rạhu
Orange [like the citrus fruit]: Miạ’Perper fak se mori
Purple (= blood of fe ‘ata; a seaslug with purplish ink/blood): Tot ne fe‘ata
Red like blood : Miạ’ fak tot
Dark red : Miạ’ maksulu (Miạ’maksul)
Light red: Miạ’ ma’a
Black [like dark clouds or dark bruises]: Kel lahlah
Black [dark like the night]: Kel maksulu (kel maksul)
White [like paper]: Fis fak peap
Bright white: Fis ma’ma’

Dull blue or green: Jarav rạh rạhu (Jarav rạh rạh)
Light blue or green: Jarav ma’a

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