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  5. "あのくつはオレンジいろです。"


Translation:Those shoes are orange.

June 11, 2017



Full kanji phrase: あの靴はオレンジ色です。


Ahhhhhh This makes so much more sense now (I know Chinese) Thanks


Why can't I say, those are orange shoes? Isn't that the same as saying, those shoes are orange?


I thought the same thing at first, but when you think about it they are slightly different. In one sentence you are pointing out the shoes. In the other we are pointing out the specific colour of the shoes.


It's not the same. Ano is modifying kutsu, this means it goes with shoes, it clarifies which shoes the speaker is talking about. Which shoes? Those shoes. If you wanted to say Those are orange shoes then you would say - are wa orenji na kutsu desu - those (things) are orange shoes. In the latter example you can see that orenji, the colour, modifies/describes the noun - not ano.






そのはのサンダルです (;_:)


Why does orange have いと after it?


orange has いろ after it because いろ means "color", meaning it's "orange color". I imagine this is done because オレンジ can also refer to the fruit. If you were to say this sentence however, the いろ is not really required.


I don't know, what if the shoe is really an ornage?


Then you'd probably add some particles like の and よ at the end ; ). But seriously, my native language is Portuguese, and you can say both "color of orange" and "orange". Pink is also "color of rose" or "rose".

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    オレンジ can refer to the color of the fruit. but when refering to the color both オレンジ and オレンジ色 is fine. just いろ clarifies its the color.

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    Why “that shoe is orange” isn't accepted?


    It should be accepted, report it!


    Isn't 橙色 (だいだいいろ) orange?


    I looked this up in my jisho and it had it listed as "a bitter orange" and the colour orange with iro on the end. I have never heard of it or heard it used though. The anglicised orenji must have superseded it. orenji was in common use already by the late 80s but I couldn't tell you how long it has been in use.


    I was looking for this comment. I think オレンジ色 is more used, but I have learned 橙色 too. I heard that 橙 refers to a variety of oranges


    Again, this one does not accept the kanji: 「あのくつはオレンジ色です。」.


    This is still the case Feb 6th 2019. And annoyingly, "Type what you hear" exercises specifically don't let you report "My answer should have been correct".


    What is the "いろ" on the color descriptors for? Do you need it to be correct?


    何でもないよ, already answered lol


    Does 'kutsu' mean plural shoes, or singular? Is there an indication that it is plural in this sentence? Thank you.


    kutsu can mean either shoe or shoes.


    The audio pronunciation of あのくつ here is basically "anoktsu", while shoes alone is "kutsu". Is it normal to omit vowels in a noun like this?


    In Japanese, closed vowels ('u' and 'i') tend to be hushed or wispered if they come in between two voiceless consonants or at the end of a word/sentence after a voiceless consonant. That's why certain names in anime seem to make those vowels silent. You know Sasuke from Naruto? Everyone pronounces his name like "sahs-kay", on account of the 'u' coming in between an 's' and 'k'. If either of those voiceless consonants were replaced with their voiced counterparts, (i.e. giving "sazukei" or "sasugei") that 'u' would be every bit as loud as the other vowels.

    EDIT: This rule applies to all words and phrases by the way, not just nouns. The verb endings "~masu" and "~mashita" come to mind, as they are pronounced closer to "~mas' " and "~mash-ta" respectively.

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