Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

The topic of colors seems simple to talk about, on a superficial level. However, how much can you really say when asked about your favorite color?

Although it seems easy, elaborating and impressively describing colors is challenging. Many candidates find it hard to go beyond a one sentence response to these questions.

In order to score highly for Fluency/Coherence and Vocabulary, you have to provide a longer answer than that!

The following words will help you extend your answers in interesting, powerful ways.



8+ Color Vocabulary

Bright colors

Vivid– bright
Fluorescent / neon– glowingly bright
A shock of color– a piece or large part of something featuring a bright color


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Light colors

Dim / dull / drab– boring; not bright
Dingy– a little dirty looking
Opaque– not transparent (like a curtain or window)
Matte– not bright

Dark colors

Somber / funereal– dark and depressing

Practice IELTS Speaking Part 1 color questions:

What is favorite color now / as a child?

What color would you not paint the walls (inside and outside) your home?

What colors are the buildings of your city?

What colors do you like / not like in clothes / cars / food?

Practice using the new vocabulary to answer the questions! Keep the new words in front of you as you practice.

How would you use today’s vocabulary?

Share your examples in the comment section below!

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