- 3 Expressions with blue with a video by me,
- names of different shades of blue,
- recommended reading about blue paint (very interesting),
- blue skies song listening comprehension.
3 Expressions with Blue
There are some expressions which include the word blue. Today, I’ll focus on 3, one happy, one sad and one related to time and how often something happens.
Watch my video for full explanations about the expressions.
To feel/to be blue 😞
If you feel blue you feel sad and unhappy 😞
eg, I don’t know why I’m feeling so blue.
Remember the music style called “the blues” it’s called that because they often sing about hard situations or the end of love.
Blue skies 🏖
Blue skies means almost the opposite to feeling blue. If we talk about blue skies in our future it means we see that everything will be good and positive for us.
eg, Now I have a new job it’s blue skies for me!
They are a few songs using this expression, and later we will listen to one and practice comprehension.
Once in a blue moon 🌙
We use the expression once in a blue moon to talk about something which only happens rarely, so not at all often, and it is unusual that it happens.
eg, I get a letter from my brother once in a blue moon.
Different Shades (colours) of blue
Within the colour blue there are lots of different shades (types). You can describe a colour as being…
- light or pale (if it is nearer to white)
- dark (if it is nearer to black)
- with the specific colour name
- by saying something the colour is similar to e.g. blue like the cookie monster from Sesame Street.
Here is an image showing a few blues and their names:
To see more of Ingrid Sundberg’s colour names click here!
Recommended Reading – an interesting article about blue paint and why it was so expensive for painters 👨🏼🎨
To read the article about the history of the colour blue and see all the fantastic images click here.
Blue skies Listening Comprehension
Listen to this fantastic version by Ella Fitzgerald of Blue skies written by Irving Berlin.
Look at the lyrics (words) below and try to fill the gaps while listening.
Which is your favourite blue colour?
Tell me in the comments!
Have a lovely week, see you next Sunday!