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Express English: The colour red

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What do you associate with the colour red?

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The Express English team

This is what some people in London told us:

Red is a colour that reminds them of a broad range of emotions. One man mentioned love and anger.

But on a more practical level, he also thought of the 'stop' signal at traffic lights.

A woman said she was reminded of China and Chinese culture when she saw the colour red.

Did you know?


According to research by John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK, bumblebees visit red and striped flowers more often than white or pink blooms.

Language tip

"To see red" is an idiom you use when you want to describe a feeling of anger.

Cultural tip

In Central Africa, Ndembu warriors rub themselves with a red substance during celebrations. Since their culture sees the colour as a symbol of life and health, sick people are also painted with it.

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