Dreamlearn frenchbut fear is too hard? Well, this article will come as a mood lifter! Yes, we have good news for you: if your first language is English, you are not a complete beginner in French. You know at least hundreds of words or more!
In fact, the English language inherited many words from French, 7,000 to be precise, and you probably use some of them on a daily basis. Even better, about 30% of English words come from French!
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Why are French words used in English?
First thing's first. You may be wondering why English, supposedly agermanic language, contains as many French - oneromantic language- Words? Well, you may not be curious, but I am. So I checked it for you!
You'll see, following thisNorman ConquestIn 1066, England was ruled by... well... the Normans. And they spoke an old French language: Anglo-Norman French. It obviously began to influence the language of law, culture and administration in England. Long story short (historical), centuries later I could be done with this"and there you go",and you get it!
French expressions used in English
Let's take a look at a few different sections filled with French phrases and words that are used in English.
The following words are the same or very similar in English. For more delicious vocabulary, check out our article onFrench food and restaurants, midrinks in french.Enjoy your meal!
|Phrase||french meaning||meaning in English||API|
|to the letter||Separate items on the menu.||Separate items on the menu.||of the map|
|Menu||List of dishes offered or specials of the day||List of dishes offered||Michigan|
|Aperitif||Aperitif, sometimes with sandwiches||Appetizer before dinner||aperitif|
|Have lunch||Have lunch||small casual restaurant||food|
|Horn||crescent or crescent moon cake||crescent shaped cakes||kɾwasɑ̃|
|Salat||lettuce or lettuce||Salat||Salat|
|cookies||Creamy soup, usually lobster||Creamy soup, usually lobster||cookies|
|Tortilla||eggshell flache||eggshell flache||ɔməlɛtə|
|enjoy your meal||Enjoy||Enjoy||Enjoy|
|appetizers||Appetizer before a meal||Appetizer before a meal||ɔɾ doevɾe|
|Vinaigrette||Salad dressing||Salad dressing||for bullet|
|blue cape||Great cuisine or cordon bleu dish||Cordon-Bleu-Aimed||kɔɾdõ bleeding|
|Crutones||Toasted/fried pieces of bread, usually served with salad or soup||Toasted/fried pieces of bread, usually served with salad or soup||kɾutő|
|Diener||Oberkellner||Oberkellner||dotël before mɛtɾ|
|Coffee shop||coffee, cafeteria||coffee shop||Coffee shop|
|soufflé||Spongy dish (sweet or salty)||Spongy dish (sweet or salty)||blow|
|in fashion||With beer, carrots and onions||On the rocks||a model|
|summary||wine master||wine master||smell|
|burn||Fried in a little oil||Fried in a little oil||sote|
|rojo||Mixture of flour and oil used as a base for cooking||Mixture of flour and oil used as a base for cooking||ɾuks|
|inseminated||Mixture of butter, milk and flour||Mixture of butter, milk and flour||beʃamɛl|
|Zucchini (British)||Zucchini||Zucchini||where ɾʒet|
|Aubergine (British)||Eggplant||Eggplant||a par from obɛɾʒ|
If you want to broaden your horizons even further, beyond the dead end, check out this articleGeography and relief in French.
|Phrase||french meaning||meaning in English||API|
|end of the line||end of the line||dead end with houses||nice thing|
|end of the line||Dead end or desperate situation, depending on the context.||an unsolvable situation||to spend|
|arcades||A street/alley lined with shops||Space to play video games.||and arcades|
|Garage||Covered parking or auto repair shop||Covered parking||Gaɾaʒə|
|Mal||cinema or movies||cinema or movies||Mal|
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|Phrase||french meaning||meaning in English||API|
|ready to wear||Clothes to buy as is, not tailored||Clothes to buy as is, not tailored||pɾ(e)t‿-a-pɔɾte|
|haute couture||high fashion||high fashion||a kutyɾe|
|haute couture||Sew||Form||his puppy|
|gently||short small||short small||gently|
|fake (like faux fur)||FALSE||FALSE||fo (as fo fyɾ)|
|ohne makeup||baseless||ohne makeup||sɑ̃faɾ|
|Bathwater||Perfume||Perfume||that too toilet|
|boutique||small shop||small shop||boutique|
|Blouse||baggy top||baggy top||Blouse|
|engine cover||winter hat||old fashioned hat||diabolical|
|clamp||Piece of jewelry worn on the wrist.||Piece of jewelry worn on the wrist.||basele|
|Cabin||hat or well done||Cabin||ʃapo|
|Schick||elegant, elegant||elegant, elegant||I|
|fancy||Suit or clothing to dress as another person||Clothes to wear as someone else||pair kɔsti|
|underwear||female underwear||female underwear||lɛ̃ʒəɾje|
|have put||have put||formal dress||ɾɔsein|
|Deep cut||Neckline, Plunging Neckline||Low neckline piece||decade|
Other French words used in English
Some of these words are fancy, some allow you to shine at social events, and some are… Well, let me tell you, excuse my French.
|Phrase||french meaning||meaning in English||API|
|New art||New art||New art||aɾ new|
|under relief||under relief||under relief||ba-ɾəljɛf|
|dark movie||dark movie||dark movie||I tried|
|paper mache||paper pulp mixed with glue||paper pulp mixed with glue||papje mɑʃe|
|optical illusion||Mural that looks real (for example, a window, a door)||Mural that looks real (for example, a window, a door)||a little her|
|morena||A beautiful girl with brown hair.||A woman with brown hair||for bɾynɛt|
|bye||goodbye (more formal)||Bye||adoption|
|on the other hand||on the other hand||on the other hand||It's noisy|
|Vista||Feeling of having experienced something before.||Feeling of having experienced something before.||de'a you|
|and itinerary||On the way||On the way||ɑ̃ ɾzu|
|entrepreneur||Someone who started a business||Someone who started a business||ɑ̃tɾɛpɾənoeɾ|
|bride||boyfriend man||boyfriend man and woman||fjɑse|
|Gender||art, category, art||type, category||ʒɑ̃ɾə|
|I let be||Let's do||The belief that people can do whatever they want.||l(e)se-fɛɾə|
|enjoy life||enjoy life||enjoy life||ʒwaə is also vivaɾə|
|New Empire||Rich people who did not inherit their wealth||Rich people who did not inherit their wealth||nuvo ɾiʃə|
|book||social error||social error||for more|
|voyeur||a curious observer||a curious observer||Vojoeɾ|
|the RSVP||Please respond (Please respond to an invitation)||Please respond to an invitation||verfrench alphabet|
|in perfect conclusion||ideal, definitive||ideal, definitive||paɾ ɛkssɛlɑ̃sə|
|Potpourri||Dried and aromatic flowers or cauldron, depending on the context||dried and fragrant flowers||popuri|
|have a good trip||have a good trip||safe travel||vwajaʒə|
|cliché||Stereotype or snapshot depending on the context||Stereotype||kliʃe|
|from au pair||A nanny abroad, usually a student living with a host family.||A nanny abroad, usually a student living with a host family.||o pɛɾ|
|deadly woman||seductive woman||seductive woman||famous fatal|
|laps||Three people who live together as a "couple."||laps||menaʒatɾwɑ|
|ostrich||Bunch of wildflowers or purchased flowers||blumenarreglo||tripe|
|quite||Outskirts or center, depending on the context||Surroundings||Surroundings|
|live a good life||Someone who enjoys life, especially food.||Someone who enjoys life, especially food.||let live|
|Rebellion||the seizure of power||the seizure of power||ku deta|
|of gravity||Necessary||Necessary||also ɾigœɾ|
|dear to dear||Face to face, usually in a romantic context||Face to face, usually in a romantic context||tɛt un tɛtə|
|voila||there it is, there it is||there it is, there it is||voila|
|of the day||of the day||of the day||that ʒuɾ|
|final term||Appointment, meeting, date.||Date, meeting point (time or place)||ɾɑ̃de-vu|
|Schön||Beautiful beautiful beautiful||a love interest||bo|
|Desk||dressing table or desk||A government department or office||byɾo|
|Begin||Begin||The first appearance of an artist.||deby|
|have lunch||A small eating utensil (usually a toy)||A small eating utensil (usually a toy)||Religion|
|Fila||tail or line||line||Fila|
|protected||Protégé or someone who is guided/influenced by a mentor||Someone who is guided/influenced by a mentor||pɾɔteʒe|
|Memory||recollection or recollection/memento||recollection/souvenir||Agua|
|jaded||not impressed||not impressed||leader|
|Bourgeois||bourgeois or aristocratic||bourgeois or aristocratic||buɾʒɛwa|
|Definitely||Definitely positive||Definitely positive||såɾtɛ̃|
|Content||happy satisfied||happy satisfied||Kurz|
|To take||serious, solemn||serious, solemn||promise|
|Orange||fruit or color||fruit or color||ɔɾɑ̃ʒə|
|Simply||to be honest||to be honest||a friend|
|Blankovollmacht||Get permission to do what you want||Get permission to do what you want||kaɾtə blɑ̃ʃə|
|On guard||On guard||On guard||em ɑ̃ gaɾ|
|I do not know what||A quality or characteristic that is difficult to describe.||A quality or characteristic that is difficult to describe.||What is it?|
|pseudonym||A pseudonym for a writer.||A pseudonym for a writer.||and swim|
|blow||touched or moved||good counterpoint||martes|
|scoff||Ridiculous||Ridiculous||with what we are|
|sabotage||Sabotage, manipulation, vandalism||Sabotage, manipulation, vandalism||sabɔtaʒə|
|facade||facade, front||facade, front||facade|
|Check list||something to help you remember||something to help you remember||(e)de-memwaɾə|
|ballet||classical dance style||classical dance style||and she went|
|Loungers||Long chair to lie down (outdoor)||long chair to lie on||ʃɛzé lage|
|Also||More or less||More or less||kame si, kame sa|
|goalie||Receptionist in a luxury hotel or apartment building||Receptionist in a luxury hotel or apartment building||kõsjɛɾʒə|
|best of the best||First class, the best of the best.||First class, the best of the best.||kɾɛmə de la kɾɛmə|
|Decor||Design, decoration and furnishing of a room/place||Design, decoration and furnishing of a room/place||dezɔɾ|
|Back||Buttocks or buttocks, depending on the context||buttocks||dɛrjɛɾə|
|Force Majeure||Unpredictable and overwhelming event||Unpredictable and overwhelming event||fɔɾsə maʒœɾə|
|Evening||night, night party||Night party||babble|
Looks are deceiving
i hate being one"Revelation", but unfortunately there is a difference between French words in French and French words in English: the accent! Americans and British have their own correct way of pronouncing French words, and most of the time they don't sound French. and i understand whyfrench pronunciationIt's not a picnic!
In fact, when I pronounce French words like"Final Deadline"o"Gender"With my French accent, my American friends don't understand. So I change my accent to American and that's fine!
Watch thisfunny videofor specific examples and don't worry, you won't sound pretentious trying to have a French accent!
French words in British and American English
if you already know themFrench words used in everyday English, you can work on your pronunciation to impress yourFriends… osave the day!
And if you want to expand your vocabulary in French, take a look at ourFree French vocabulary blog lessons.
What are 10 French words that we use in English? ›
- Bonjour = Hello, Good morning.
- Au revoir = Goodbye.
- Oui = Yes.
- Non = No.
- Merci = Thank you.
- Merci beaucoup = Thank you very much.
- Fille = Girl.
- Garçon = Boy.
- suite (noun [f. ]) result, follow-up, rest.
- bon (adj., adv.) good; (noun [m. ]) coupon, voucher.
- comprendre (verb) to understand.
- depuis (prep., adv.) since.
- point (adv.) at all; (noun [m. ]) point.
- ainsi (adv.) thus.
- heure (noun [f. ]) hour.
- rester (verb) to stay.
- acceleration – l'accélération.
- action – action.
- addiction – addiction.
- ambition – ambition.
- attention – attention.
- celebration – celebration.
- champion – champion.
- communication – communication.
- être, to be. To be or not to be Être ou ne pas être. ...
- avoir, to have. Don't forget that verbs in French are conjugated. ...
- faire, to do. ...
- dire, to say. ...
- pouvoir, can. ...
- aller, to go. ...
- Voir, to see. ...
- vouloir, to want.
French: What3words ignores accents as not everyone types them. This means it can't use words that are only differentiated by accents, such as côte and côté. German: A German person using a non-German keyboard may type an umlaut by adding an “e” on to the vowel instead, so that “schön” becomes “schoen”, for example.What are the 7 swear words in French? ›
- Putain. 'Putain' is definitely the most commonly used French swear word. ...
- Merde. 'Merde' is another popular curse word- perhaps not as popular as 'putain' but it is still used a lot. ...
- Va te faire foutre. ...
- Je m'en fous. ...
- Ta gueule. ...
- Salope/ Salaud. ...
- Bâtard/ Bâtarde. ...
Common Questions About French Words
According to one estimate, there are over 7,500 French words that are being used in English. Many more have come from Latin from which French has originated. This implies that a significant number of English words either have an exact or similar counterpart in French.
The most commonly used words in French are: Oui (yes), non (no), merci (thank you), je (I), tu/vous (you), le/la/les (the), un, une des (a, an and some), le/la/les (it, them), et (and) and mais (but).What are 50 French words? ›
- Bonjour: a general greeting meaning “hello” or “good morning”
- Au revoir: goodbye.
- Oui: yes.
- Non: no.
- Merci: thank you.
- Merci beaucoup: thank you very much.
- Fille: girl.
- Garçon: boy.
70 = soixante-dix which is “60 + 10” 80 = quatre-vingts which is “four 20s” 90 = quatre-vingt which is “four 20s + 10”
What is a common French saying? ›
Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup.
Literal translation: “Eat well, laugh often, love a lot.” Actual meaning: “Live life to the fullest” or carpe diem (“seize the day”). Use this positive French saying to console a friend that is having a hard time.
- 1: Start with useful, practical French phrases. ...
- 2: Practise learning and speaking French vocabulary in context. ...
- 3: Immerse yourself in French. ...
- 4: Speak French every day.
In fact nearly 30% of all English words come directly or indirectly from French. The main influx of French words can be traced back to the Norman invasion of England in 1066.What are the 25 main verbs? ›
To the tune of "Jingle Bells", he sang: Helping verbs, helping verbs, there are 23! Am, is, are, was and were, being, been, and be, Have, has, had, do, does, did, will, would, shall and should.What are the 24 special verbs? ›
- I must go.
- Go I must.
- He must have gone.
- He must be a liar.
- You must do this.
- You must not tell a lie.
- You must be a rich man.
- You must have been absent.
It is estimated that you have to learn 5000 words to be fluent in French. Be selective and learn the 5000 most used words in French! Think about it. Some words are more valuable than others.What do you call a person from France? ›
A Frenchman ; The French.How many words does it take to be fluent in French? ›
However, it is estimated that a truly fluent French speaker knows around 3,000 words.Is the D word a cuss word? ›
It's technically a swear but also technically not a swear. Kids' shows and movies don't use it because some young kids think it is a swear.
What is the T word swear? ›
T-word, a euphemism for tranny, a pejorative term for transgender individuals.Is Sacré Bleu offensive? ›
Sacrebleu! Sacrebleu is a stereotypical and very old fashioned French curse, which is rarely used by the French these days. An English equivalent would be “My Goodness!” or “Golly Gosh!” It was once considered very offensive.What French word has all 5 vowels? ›
The coolest French word may be jouaient (third person plural imperfect of jouer – to play), which has all five vowels in a row!How many words is a 1 minute speech in French? ›
French. French is a language with one of the fastest speaking and reading rates. With a speaking rate of 5.02 syllables per second, equivalent to about 195 words per minute, the French language can speed through words via dropped syllables and abbreviating words.What are the prettiest French words? ›
- Un bisou (kiss) Note that in French Québec, this word can be shortened to bee with your children. ...
- Des bijoux (jewelry) ...
- Ma belle/mon beau (my beautiful/my handsome) ...
- Ma joie (my joy) ...
- Un câlin (hug or cuddle) ...
- Un canard (duck) ...
- Sa suce (pacifier or binky) ...
- Mon chat (cat)
Chouette (great, nice, cool)
But as a slang term, you can use it to describe something you like or to say something or someone is cool. Example: Mon prof est chouette. My teacher is cool. C'est chouette!
- Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. ...
- Floccinaucinihilipilification. ...
- Incomprehensibility. ...
- Trichotillomania. ...
- Xenotransplantation. ...
- Tergiversation. ...
- Uncopyrightable. ...
|1. the||21. at||61. some|
|2. of||22. be||62. her|
|3. and||23. this||63. would|
|4. a||24. have||64. make|
|5. to||25. from||65. like|
French Numbers: 90-99
90 is quatre-vingt-dix (four-twenty-ten), 91 is quatre-vingt-onze (four-twenty-eleven), etc.
How do the French say 99? ›
The most important French greetings include bonjour (hello), enchanté(e) (nice to meet you), bonsoir (good evening/hello), salut (hi), coucou (hey), Ça fait longtemps, dis donc (long time no see), Âllo (hello), Ça va? (how are you?), tu vas bien? (have you been well?), quoi de neuf? (what's up?), au revoir!How do you say 1 in French? ›
According to a 2009 study by researchers at Reading University, the oldest words in the English language include “I“, “we“, “who“, “two” and “three“, all of which date back tens of thousands of years.What is 100th word? ›
100th (hundredth) 101st (hundred and first)What is the 45 letter word? ›
1 Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (forty-five letters): A lung disease caused by the inhalation of silica or quartz dust.What do dogs in France say? ›
Dog – wouf wouf/ouaf ouaf
Depending on whether we are talking about those deep barks of a big dog, or the sharp yelps of a tiny dog, dogs in France say wouf wouf or oaf oaf when they aboie – bark. But dogs can also grogner (to growl), or even hurler (howl). J'ai peur des chiens qui grognent.
Just ask: “est-ce que je peux utiliser vos toilettes s'il vous plaît” (may I use your restroom) with a smile, and it should be no problem.How many French words are used in the English language? ›
French and Latin words make up 58 % of modern English vocabulary today. On their own, purely French words make up 29% of English. It's generally thought that around 10,000 words have been borrowed into English from French.How many English words come from French? ›
About 45% of the English vocabulary originates from the French language.