Sunday, 12 June 2011

Azul

The word of the day is: 'azul' = blue.

The noun  'azul' is the Spanish word for the colour blue. The Spanish noun  'azul' is believed to be of Arabic origin and is defined as the colour of a cloud free sky (RAE). In Mexico, the term 'azul' may be also used to refer to a policeman/ policewoman. In Spanish, 'azul' is also a describing word/ adjective, which is used to describe things as being blue.


Grammar.- Only one form of the adjective 'azul' is used to describe both masculine and femenine things.
 
In Spanish, 'azul' is used in many expressions, of which, the following are probably the most commonly:

  • Azul claro (light blue)
  • Azul oscuro (dark blue)
  • Azul marino/Azul turquí (navy blue)
  • Azul ultramarino/ Azul añil/ Añil (indigo blue)
  • Azul celeste/ Azul cielo (sky blue)
  • Azul turquesa (torquoise)
  • Azul cobalto (cobalt blue)
  • Azul intenso (deep blue)
  • Azul verdoso (greenish blue)
  • Cascos azules ('blue helmets'-UN troops)
  • Pescado azul (blue fish)
  • Príncipe azul (prince charming)
  • Sangre azul (blue blood)

Examples of usage of 'azul' are:
  • Los ojos de Peter son de color azul verdoso (Peter's eyes are greenish blue)
  • Ese azul marino te queda muy bien (that navy blue really looks good on you)
  • Los cascos azules abandonan el país (the UN troops leave the country)
  • El color de esa bandera es azul turquí (the colour of that flag is navy blue)
  • El añil es uno de los colores del arco iris (indigo blue is one of the rainbow colours)
  • El pescado azul es muy saludable (blue fish is very good for your health)
  • Dicen que tiene sangre azul (they say he/ she has blue blood)

Love-Spanish.com loves the word 'azul' in YouTube clip  in which Cristian Castro sings: Azul


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