I am confuse when people say blue. Because in Thai language dark blue and light blue are different and we have different words between blue. In English do you think they are different or same color between dark blue and light blue?

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Yes. They are both types of blue in English.

Compare this with "red" and "pink". These are called different colours in English.

Different languages divide up the space of colours differently. In some languages "pink" is just "light red". In some languages (like Thai, Japanese etc) "light blue" has a different word from "dark blue".

Here is one picture enter image description here From the xkcd color survey

And here is a map of part of the colour cube, from the same survey

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  • +1 for referencing an actual study of actual colors as people use them!
    – randomhead
    Aug 29, 2021 at 15:38

Here's a great video explanation of how color terms vary across languages: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMqZR3pqMjg

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