The colours of the rainbow

Rainbows are one of nature’s magic tricks. How do they form?
Got it? Check with this short quiz:

The video suggests a method to remember the order of the colours of the rainbow in English using an acronym (a word formed with the initial letters of a sentence).

Another acronym is: Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain. You can also use: Read Only Your Good Books In Venice. Or you can invent your special acronym. The classical method is the name: ROY G. BIV, as in the children’s song below.

Order the 7 colours of the rainbow. Roy G. Biv will help you!
Is it true there’s a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow?
What shape is a rainbow? Is it really an arc?
Watch this video and find out!
And here’s where you find the vocabulary you need to understand the video:


Nate Byrne, from ABC Australia NEWS tells us about rainbows: what their real shape is , how they form and why.

Check what you have learnt with this test:

Well done! You’ve learnt a lot. You deserve some fun.

Look at this perfect circular rainbow from a plane:
…and now watch and listen to Judy Garland singing “Over the Rainbow” from the 1939 movie “The wizard of Oz” and to Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole’s world-famous version:

Somewhere over the rainbow way up high

There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby

Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue

And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true

Someday I’ll wish upon a star

And wake up where the clouds are far behind me

Where troubles melt like lemon drops

Away above the chimney tops

That’s where you’ll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly

Birds fly over the rainbow

Why then, oh, why can’t I?

If happy little bluebirds fly

Beyond the rainbow

Why, oh, why can’t I?