Learning a new language is like giving our brain the ability to interpret the world differently – including the way we see and process colours. The human eye can physically perceive millions of colours, but we don’t all recognise these colours in the same way.

Different languages break up colour in different ways. For example, some languages have only four basic words for colour whereas others have 11 or 12. One of the big questions in the field has been whether the way in which cultures carve up the colour spectrum is completely arbitrary.’

How we perceive colour depends on our culture and language, Prof. Anna Franklin describes this in more depth HERE