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  • Hmm, hmm, this is really cool.

  • Hi. James from engVid.

  • Right now I'm kind of tickled pink about the information I just got from this.

  • It's on answers while you sleep, lucid dreaming.

  • Why am I telling you all this?

  • Well, today I want to tell you how in English...

  • Or show you in English how we use colours to talk about your mood or your emotions.

  • All right?

  • I'm sure in your own culture you use colour when you talk about something to describe

  • how someone is feeling.

  • And we have...

  • I've got six for you, and I'm going to give you basically what they mean, and I'm going

  • to give you some idioms that go with it.

  • Later on I'm going to also do for you something a little else, I'll show you how we use colours

  • to talk about behaviour, so not just how you think or feel, but how you act.

  • Okay?

  • Give you a couple of those, and then, of course, we'll have our quiz.

  • So, you ready?

  • Let's go to the board.

  • "How are you feeling today?"

  • Well, E, how are you feeling?

  • You're feeling a little flushed, a little blue in the face?

  • No?

  • A little red in the face?

  • Let's go to the board and find out what these colours are.

  • So, let's start with the colour that contains everything, white.

  • When you are white it means you are afraid, scared.

  • Someone might say: "You're as white as a sheet."

  • The reason why they said that is because usually when we're afraid all of the blood goes from

  • your body, from your hands and your feet to your heart so you can run faster if you need

  • to escape.

  • So your colour gets lighter.

  • It doesn't matter what colour you are, funny enough, you get lighter.

  • You can see it in some colour...

  • People of different colours more, but generally put, it means your colour is not there because

  • the blood is not there, you must be afraid.

  • So you're as white as a sheet, like a ghost.

  • Okay?

  • Let's go to the next colour, so we're going a little darker here, yellow.

  • Now, I've gots a big belly.

  • When somebody calls you a yellow belly they're saying: "You're a coward."

  • It means you're weak, you're afraid.

  • Now, this one you're afraid because something scared you.

  • When you're a yellow belly, you're always afraid like a little mouse, you don't want

  • to get into a fight or trouble, you might get hurt.

  • So it means I can never depend on you when the situation is bad because you're too afraid

  • to help.

  • So, while being white means you're afraid of something that just happened, something

  • has scared you, this one means you have no strength.

  • You're the opposite of strong, you're weak.

  • You're a coward, you're afraid of being hurt.

  • Let's go to red.

  • Now, there are two types of red.

  • Sometimes when people are turning red they are angry, like the Hulk.

  • Except the Hulk turns green and we're not turning green.

  • But when you see them getting...

  • Their head starts getting redder and redder or darker in colour, usually what that means

  • is the blood is rushing to their face.

  • Now, in doing that, there are two meanings.

  • The first one is angry.

  • They're like: "[Breathes heavily]".

  • And the face gets redder and redder.

  • You go: "I think they're angry."

  • And we will say: "He's red in the face."

  • Angry, you can see it.

  • You can see the blood and the heat.

  • The second is turning red as in embarrassment.

  • This is funny because in this case the blood comes to the face but it's from embarrassment.

  • You're like: "Oh.

  • My underwear is showing.

  • Oh.

  • I'm embarrassed", and your face gets red.

  • Okay?

  • So one is angry and you can almost feel the heat off of them, and the other one is: "Oh",

  • embarrassment, shame.

  • Okay?

  • So, I'm telling you this because if you hear these two things, like turning red does not

  • mean getting angry.

  • Red in the face is angry, but this one, if someone says you're turning red, it means

  • you've gone from being comfortable to being ashamed.

  • Right?

  • Or embarrassed of what has happened.

  • Let's go to pink.

  • I said to you before I was tickled pink.

  • When you tickle somebody, they: "[Laughs]", they laugh.

  • Okay?

  • So, tickling someone pink means to make them happy.

  • So if someone's tickled pink to meet you, it means they're happy to meet you.

  • Because when we say, like, someone's in the pink of health, it's happy and healthy.

  • It's good.

  • It's a good thing.

  • And you might notice, like, pink bubbles, we use it for little girls, and happiness

  • is pink, pink, pink, so you're tickled pink.

  • What about green?

  • Well, green is the colour of envy, envy or jealousy.

  • These emotions are basically...

  • They are different.

  • Okay.

  • When you envy someone you want what they have.

  • So if I have a pen, you want a pen, too.

  • I'm envious of you.

  • So if you have a good job, they want a good job as well.

  • If you have a lovely husband or wife, they want a husband or wife as well.

  • Jealous is different.

  • Dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh.

  • Jealousy is when you want the exact thing that person has.

  • So if you have a good wife, they don't want their own, they want yours.

  • If they're jealous of your house or car, they don't want to have their own, they want yours.

  • So you can understand this is probably like a creature, a monster, not a nice person,

  • so we say things like: "Green-eyed monster", because they're looking at your stuff and

  • saying: "I want it.

  • I want it.

  • I want it."

  • Or: "Green with envy."

  • They're green because they want your stuff.

  • All right?

  • But this one here really tells you, gives you an idea of monster, being that what they

  • want is yours or something similar you have, so they don't seem like your friends, they

  • seem more like a monster to you.

  • Okay?

  • Green-eyed monster.

  • Blue.

  • Blue, the sky is blue which is a nice colour.

  • But funny enough, when somebody says: "Are you feeling blue?" or "You look a little blue",

  • we don't mean the sky which is happy and good.

  • We mean you feel down and sad, and not good.

  • So on many songs...

  • We actually have a genre or style of songs called "The Blues" where it's very sad music.

  • My dog just died, and I lost my job.

  • I got me the blues.

  • Sad, right?

  • Yeah, exactly.

  • But sometimes also you're talking to somebody and they're just not listening to you, and

  • you're really, really trying, and you think I'm going to be red in the face, no.

  • I'm going to be blue in the face because, like, all my oxygen is gone.

  • I've used all of it.

  • [Pants] I can't talk anymore.

  • I'm just out of breath because you're just not listening.

  • So I'm not red as in angry, I'm exhausted because I have nothing left because you're

  • making me blue in the face, I've been talking until I was blue in the face.

  • Okay?

  • So to talk until you're blue in the face means you can talk and lose all your oxygen, but

  • it has no effect in the situation.

  • And...

  • Oh my gosh, we're back up to white, I'm afraid.

  • Pa-dum-dum.

  • Anyway.

  • So what I want to do from here is...

  • Now, I've told you or given you some...

  • Some colours, well, six to be exact, I've given you what they mean and represent, and

  • some idioms that we use to talk about these colours in conversation to talk about someone's

  • emotional state or their mood.

  • I'm going to come back in a second, I'm going to give you some other colours and tell you

  • how that's behaviour.

  • So it's not colours for emotion, but the behaviour someone is using.

  • So isn't this fun?

  • When you were in kindergarten or grade school you learned about colours, now we're using

  • them for emotions.

  • I hope you're going to be tickled pink when we get back.

  • Okay, we're back, and time to talk about behaviour because we've talked about emotions, but emotions

  • are here or here, and behaviour is what you do-okay?-or your actions.

  • So, if someone says you're green, they go, you know: "Mr. E's really green at the...

  • He's green", they usually mean you're new, you have never done this before, you've never

  • done this action.

  • It's not emotion.

  • It means you're new at the job or new at the position, so you're green.

  • It's like flowers, before a flower gets colour, the whole thing is green.