View Poll Results: What do you call orange when speaking Spanish?

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  • Exclusively naranja/anaranjado

    23 62.16%
  • Exclusively mamey

    1 2.70%
  • More often naranja/anaranjado

    6 16.22%
  • More often mamey

    5 13.51%
  • Both interchangeably

    2 5.41%
  • I don't or hardly speak Spanish.

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Thread: Unique Dominican Names for Certain Colors

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    Default Unique Dominican Names for Certain Colors

    Dominicans are the only people in the world that call the color orange mamey (ma•may) instead of anaranjado or naranja, which is the Spanish name.

    The use of mamey in everyday Spanish can actually be indicative of tge assimilation of any foreigner in Dominican society.

    Ironically, there is no campaign of attacking, ridiculing or criticizing Dominicans for being the only people in the world that calls orange mamey.

    Mamey is also the name of a fruit that is quite popular in the country, but as with other names uniquely Dominican to refer to certain colors, no one thinks that something of mamey color is actually a mamey fruit.

    When speaking Spanish, do you refer to orange as mamey?

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    Hmm, ty for this lesson!!

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    Mr AE, born and bred in DR has never heard a Dominican say mamey for orange. When I asked him how he says orange he said anaranjado, and looked at me like I was nuts when I asked if he ever says mamey. He's wondering if it's a generational thing? Something new in the last 40 years?




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    A mamey is indeed orange inside and it is easier to say mamey than anaranjado (or color naranja).

    Using the names of fruit (aguacate, cereza, guinda, verde limón) is pretty common in many Spanish-speaking countries.

    a na ran ja do is FIVE SYLLABLES, and not so easy to pronounce as mamey.

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    Say naranja in my campo ( seemed logic to me- at least )...... blank stare.
    Mamey is what is used.......

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    Virtually almost always use mamey. .. in the DR ... in other Spanish speaking countries they give me a weird glance when I say mamey

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    Naranjas are not all orange. Many are green, and the usual juice orange (china) is more yellow than orange. In the US the only really orange oranges are California table (eating) oranges, not Florida juice oranges.


    The word naranja, it seems to me, is used less than the word china to refer to what we call oranges in English.

    The Orange cellphone company uses the color orange in its ads. I imagine people might understand that as a color as well.

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    We teach the children naranja but they already know the colour as mamey.

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    I always use Naranja --

    one expression that I adore here is one's media naranja -- to refer to the significant other..

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