Colours in Swahili

by Julius Muange on Jan 16, 2015

Colours - Rangi

Rangi in Swahili means colour.


Rangi Nyekundu (Colour Red)


Rangi Nyeupe (Colour White)


Rangi Nyeusi (Colour Black)

Other than red, white, and black, all other colours are described as the colour of a common object. So the following colours are described as “Rangi ya _________” which means “Colour of ________”.


Rangi ya buluu (Colour of buluu – a popular bleach that is blue in colour)

Sky Blue

Rangi ya samawati (Colour of the sky)


Rangi ya kijani (Colour of a leaf)


Rangi ya kahawia (Colour of coffee)


Rangi ya manjano (Colour of manjano – a yellow coloured flower)


Rangi ya kijivu (Colour of ash)


Rangi ya waridi (Pink Colour – colour of a rose)


Rangi ya zambarau (Colour of a fruit that is purple in colour, known as Jamun, Java plum, or Indian blackberry in English)


Rangi ya machungwa (Colour of oranges)


Rangi ya dhahabu (Colour of gold)


Rangi ya kifedha (Colour of money)

15 Responses

  1. Jacinta Kerubo says:

    Quite educative.
    What is the translation of colour maroon

    February 16th, 2017 at 12:49 PM
  2. Ngosha Alex says:

    Maroon colour is known as damu ya mzee – liletary meaning old man\’s blood

    May 2nd, 2017 at 7:44 PM
  3. Aggie says:

    can u please put a composition writing

    November 26th, 2017 at 1:08 PM
  4. jeshurun says:

    so cool practice thanks for the test

    November 30th, 2017 at 6:43 PM

    Asanteni sana kwa kutufundisha aina za rangi katika rugha ya Kiswahili! Lakini kuna aina nyingine nisizojua na nadhani mtaendelea kutuonyesha aina nyingine. Njia hii ya kufundisha kwa kutumia mtandao, ni njia nzuri ya kukuza na kueneza lugha ya Kiswahili. Ninawapenda nyinyi nyote, na ninawatakia heri na fanaka!!!

    December 20th, 2017 at 10:20 PM
  6. loa moore says:

    this is a wonderful cite i learned more about the swahili colors and thank you for sharing this with other people.

    February 7th, 2018 at 10:04 PM
  7. neleah says:

    What color is Champagne and Bordeaux color in kiswahili?

    February 13th, 2018 at 10:13 AM
  8. julie says:


    May 26th, 2018 at 11:35 AM
  9. sarah says:

    maroon kwa kiswahili yaitwaje

    September 11th, 2018 at 9:21 AM
  10. Amna javed says:

    So this is how we write colours in swahili. It is easy to pronoun the words. Ti was a very easy task.

    September 11th, 2018 at 6:40 PM
  11. Rita says:

    Colour cream yellow in kiswahili

    September 20th, 2018 at 5:22 PM
  12. Noel Ayako says:

    It\’s interesting

    August 1st, 2023 at 7:27 PM
  13. Noel Ayako says:

    it\’s educating

    August 1st, 2023 at 7:29 PM
  14. Holden Shadard says:

    I like this
    Asante sana

    November 6th, 2023 at 9:46 PM
  15. sandra says:

    I think the colour blue and brown is not actually correct,but it;s good

    November 14th, 2023 at 12:15 PM

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