How would you explain the color YELLOW to a blind man??

Philippines
July 6, 2007 4:39pm CST
sounds familiar to others,i know it's a bit difficult...but imagine that you really want the person to understand in terms of their other five senses..only to those who have deeper views on this:)
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@laydee (12820)
• Philippines
7 Jul 07
In the first place, why would you explain the colors to a blind man? Don't you think you'd be trying to tell him of the things he's missing out in life? It's quite sad though. But if he really asks for it. Then the best thing you could do is answer them in the way that they can relate to. Yes the sun does look like yellow, but the heat of the sun is not yellow. =) Plus if you tell him that Yellow feels like a warm something, how bout mangoes? They are yellow, how do you say it's warm? I think mainly, the colors confuse the blind as the types of 'senses' they feel confuses us. But in fairness, all the descriptions there are quite ok. =)
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• Philippines
7 Jul 07
lol..i know its hard...but its a good thing that we at least try :)
@laydee (12820)
• Philippines
7 Jul 07
Well I guess so. But isn't it too difficult to explain the rainbow with them? That's really a tough one because you can't actually show them how it feels like to see a rainbow.
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• Philippines
7 Jul 07
ei check dbhatji's answer .its quite close :)
@creematee (2810)
• United States
6 Jul 07
This is more difficult than I originally thought. I have always thought yellow to be a happy color. Something friendly, smiling, and polite. Something to appeal to the hearing sense...maybe a canary that's yellow. The sweet songs can be related to the color. For taste, I would use lemon, but a lemon tart or lemon bars, to show there is more to the color than just the sourness--that it's a complex color. Something to touch--I would associate with something warm. Not hot, but gentle and warm, a soft baby blanket or a tedy bear, perhaps. Smell is perhaps the hardest one to decide upon. I thought maybe a banana, but that's not really a "yellow" smell to me. Maybe back to the lemon bars on that one--again going for the sweet and complex aromas. There you have it, unless I'm missing a sense. Hope you understand "yellow." :)
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• Philippines
6 Jul 07
ok..i'll mark this one but pls reply me with feelings?? hehe, thanks :)
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
6 Jul 07
Have a Nice Day - This is how I feel when I think of the color yellow.
Feelings... well, they are happy. I always imagine the "have a nice day" smile when I think of yellow. I also think it's a friendly hug, something to be wrapped in and snuggled up with. Just happy and warm.
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• Philippines
7 Jul 07
:) thanks :)
@tigerdragon (4297)
• Philippines
9 Jul 07
simple. if the person use to see then there is no problem telling him the color yellow, he knows what it means but if you are trying to talk to a person who is blind since birth, you cannot explain to him how it looks like or even any things that are not objects or things that can't be touched or smell.
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• Philippines
10 Jul 07
thanks for sharin :)
• United States
8 Jul 07
This is a deeper question how would you describe any color to a blind person. The color yellow might be easier to descibe if the person could see some light. It would be like looking in to a bright light.
• Philippines
8 Jul 07
yup..it is..thanks :)
@vonne28th (1494)
• Philippines
8 Jul 07
By using the senses that they have. Their senses of touch,smell,hearing and taste will likely be more sensitive than of sighted people. So,i would use elements of the senses that they have and describe colors to that effect. Like what the color yellow, I may try to describe it as warm if dark yellow or if light yellow i may describe it as cool or you may also use to describe it as feelings like red as anger,and yellow for jealous and friendship. Well,it also depends if the person was born blind. If they wasn't,then maybe they may find it easily understand what you are trying to explain. Thanks
• Philippines
8 Jul 07
thanks for sharin :)
• United States
7 Jul 07
A friend of mine when I was growing up was blind due to an accident and was able to tell me what colors things were. I asked her how she could still know what the colors were just by touching them (such as in paintings). She told me that different colors have different temperatures. Red is...you probably guessed it...extremely warm to hot depending on the shade. Blue is a cool shade and green is a little warmer. Yellow is a warm color, but not as warm as red. I don't remember what she told me about colors such as white, black and pink (which I know she said she sometimes had problems with depending on the shade). So, yellow would be warm, but not as warm as red :)She was taught to feel them by having someone take her hand and name each color as she places her hand lightly on it.
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• Philippines
7 Jul 07
see??somehow they know it :) thanks for sharin :)
@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
7 Jul 07
I always think of yellow as smiling, like as in a happy face. They say painting a room yellow is said to have a positive affect on people. SO I would explain yellow as a smile, a laugh, a warm affectionate feeling. As far as touch, I would say yellow is warm like a sunny day. Smell would be a fresh, crisp smell. Like the the smell of a fresh cut lemon or a new day. To taste I automatically think of lemons. I wuld have them taste lemonade, lemon cookies, etc.
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• Philippines
7 Jul 07
exactly, warm feelings.. thanks for sharin :)
@dbhattji (2508)
• India
7 Jul 07
it is difficult to explain a color to a person who has no concept of color - you can't say the color of sun as they have not seen the Sun. Even the concept of different colors is difficult to explain - I think they might understand white as an opposite of black that is their life.
• Philippines
7 Jul 07
i like your answer ;)
@urbangirl (1461)
• Australia
6 Jul 07
I would describe it as a bright, and happy colour.
• Philippines
7 Jul 07
thanks :)
@budsr03 (2355)
• Canada
6 Jul 07
I would say yellow is a pleasant soft color and i would give a banana for smell and taste, i would also give a dandelion for softness and smell! That's all i can come up with. Take care Seksiconnie.
• Philippines
6 Jul 07
likewise thanks :)
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• United States
6 Jul 07
I would tell him to imagine waking up to a warm, crisp summer morning and yellow is the color they'd see. To imagine looking up at the hot, powerful sun and yellow is the color they'd see. To imagine looking at an cool, evening sunset and yellow is the color they'd see. It's very hard to describe colors without associating it with things that are already yellow, especially to those who have never seen from birth. Colors are definitely one of those things we have to see, words don't really do them enough justice.
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• Philippines
6 Jul 07
i know its a bit hard, im having hard time to explain at it first..and yes it involves feelings that we have to make sure they feel what we feel :) thanks for sharin :)
@Nykkee (2524)
• Canada
6 Jul 07
I would give him a lemon.
• Philippines
6 Jul 07
cool,thanks :)
@raychill (6572)
• United States
6 Jul 07
That's a very interesting question. When I close my own eyes and think about yellow I think of "Bright and Warm...but soft" I don't know if that would give a blind person the vision of yellow, but that's kind of what comes to my mind. "Bright and Warm..." Minus the "soft" part I'd say would be more of an "Orange" description. whereas yellow would have the soft approach.
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• Philippines
6 Jul 07
hmmm, i think they'll be able to feel it that way..thanks :)