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I will perform magic shows for Ukranian kids. I am using silks in one routine (red, yellow and green). Since I don't speak ukranian I want to mispronounce the colors so the kids have a laugh. For exemple in English, instead of saying "red", I would say "bread".
Is there any words close in their pronouciation to Червоний, Жовтий and Зелений?

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    червоний -> черговий
    – Yola
    Commented Apr 10 at 15:29

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I've remembered and can offer such variants.

  • червоний — черговий (next, on duty), чирвовий (of Hearts), чреватий (fraught), череватий (potbellied);
  • зелений — займенний (pronouny), желейний (jelly), земельний (agrarian, land), зловмисний (malicious);
  • жовтий — жовчний (gall), жирний (fat), жонатий (married), зжатий (reaped).
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Creating variants for playful mispronunciations in a different language, especially without speaking it fluently, can be challenging.

I would advise asking this question to ChatGPT or Claude and roll options in search for the most suitable one. Here are some variants:

Жовтий (yellow) Pronounce it like "zholud-tiy" to make it sound like the word for acorn - "zholud"

Зелений (Green) Consider "Земля" (Zemlya), meaning "earth" or "ground". This doesn't match phonetically but sticking with the 'Ze-' start could work in a playful context.

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If it's humorous, then it may make (though doesn't necessarily makes) sense to make words rhyme (even at the price of objective similarity).

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