Common words in French, also common... in English! (2023)

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(Video) 99 English Words We Use In French

So you think you can't speak French and it's going to be very difficult to learn it? It is estimated that about 70% of the words used in the English language are identical or very similar toFrenchequivalentWords. The problem lies more in the pronunciation, but here are some of the most used words on both sides that we hope will be useful to you:

For him […]In the manner of […]
a la carteLiterally - on the menu; in restaurants, it refers to ordering individual dishes instead of a fixed price menu
elegantIdiomatic: with style; In the United States, the phrase is used to describe a dessert that is accompanied by a scoop of ice cream (example: apple pie a la moda). However, in French it is a culinary term, usually meaning cooked with beer and some carrots and onions (example: boeuf à la mode).
adoptionTo the next one; literally means "to God", it carries more weight than "au revoir" ("goodbye", literally "see you later"); it is final, which means you will never see the other person again; Depending on the context, misuse of this term can be taken as an insult, as someone may wish another person dead or say they never want to see the other person alive again.
sentSkillful, skilful, intelligent, in French: skill, as a "right-handed" would use the "right" hand, as opposed to the left, which would be "gauche" meaning "clumsy."
Check list"reminder"; an object or note to help you remember, or a diplomatic document that suggests the main talking points
AperitifA drink before meals (abbreviated as "apéro" in colloquial French). In French, it means the drink or food (amuse-gueules) taken before a meal.
Cabinetcabinet type; Cupboard
new artA style of decoration and architecture from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It carries a capital in French (Art nouveau)
AggregateA person associated with a message; in French it is also the past participle of the verb to attach (= to attach, to press, to connect)
on the other handon the other hand
By the wayBe familiar with or be educated in the with
from au pairA young foreigner who does household chores in exchange for food and lodging.
VanguardApplied to avant-garde or radically innovative movements in art, music, and literature; figuratively "on the edge", literally a military term meaning "vanguard" (which is a corruption of avant-garde) or "avant-garde", in other words "strike first" (antonym of arrière-garde)
balletA classical dance style.
nice gestureLiterally "beautiful gesture", an elegant gesture, noble in form but often meaningless or meaningless in substance.
Beautiful EraA period in European social history that began in the late 19th century and lasted until World War I.
JadedUnfazed by something due to too much familiarity, tired
Enjoy your mealLiterally "bon appetit"; Enjoy
live a good lifeHe who enjoys the good life, a bon vivant
have a good tripLiterally "bon voyage"; Have a good trip!
Bourgeoismember of the bourgeoisie. The word used to refer to merchants who lived in cities during the Middle Ages. Now the term is pejorative and refers to a person whose beliefs, attitudes and practices belong to the conventional middle class.
ostricha handful of flowers
brickSmall ornaments, less valuable than antiques; a collection of antique furniture, china, crockery and curiosities
Morenagirl with brown hair. The French use brun for brown-haired men and brune for women. "Brunette" is rarely used in French, except in ancient literature, and its masculine form "brunette" (for boy) is almost unknown.
DeskDesk. It also means "table" in French.
cacheCollection of items of the same type stored in a hidden or inaccessible location (for example, in a dungeon)
Coffee shopCafé (also used for "coffee" in French)
White cardUnlimited Authority; literally "blank card" (i.e. blank check)
ArmchairA long chair for reclining; (also translated as chaise longue or chaise longue from popular etymology).
the charlatanA person who is a cheat, a con man, a liar, a cheater, a cheater.
Schickin mode
hair knotsA hairstyle that is worn in a roll at the nape of the neck.
clichéLiterally negative; banal from excessive use; a prejudice
CliqueA small exclusive group of friends.
More or less"Either way"; More or less, neither good nor bad. Use in French. couci-couça.
NoticeCommuniqué word for word; an official notice
goalieReceptionist in a hotel or dormitory.
reversingA strange confrontation; a delay
processionA funeral procession; in French it has a broader meaning and refers to all kinds of processions
coup de graceThe final blow that leads to victory (lit. "knockout"), historically used in a battlefield context to refer to the death of badly wounded enemy soldiers, now more commonly used in a figurative context.
haute coutureFashion (usually refers to haute couture)
SchneiderFashion designer (usually refers to high fashion rather than everyday clothing design)
cradleA cot; more commonly (in the UK) a place where parents leave children for short periods under the supervision of nannies; both meanings still exist in French
best of the bestCream of the crop, cream of the crop, is used to describe highly skilled people or objects. A synonymous expression in French is "fin du fin"
criticismCritical analysis or evaluation of a work, or art of criticizing.
dead endDead end; literally "ass [buttocks] of the bag". Although "cul" is vulgar in French, cul de sac is not.
FallaAn event or undertaking that ends suddenly and catastrophically, often with humiliating consequences.
of severityNecessary and expected, especially in fashion or etiquette.
Deep cutA feminine garment with a low-cut neckline that exposes the cleavage, or a situation in which a woman's breasts or cleavage are exposed; The clipping is discussed below.
decorThe distribution and furniture of a bedroom.
DecoupageDecoration with cut paper
DepositA depot (as in geology or banking), a depot, or a transportation hub (bus depot)
View"Ya visa": impression or illusion of having seen or experienced something before.
Give backBack; Buttocks; literally "behind"
RelaxationEase diplomatic tensions
God and my rightMotto of the British Monarchy; appears on parchment below shield of Great Britain's coat of arms
EntertainmentA fun distraction; Entertainment
DossierA file containing detailed information about an individual; has a much broader meaning in modern French, such as any type of file or even a computer directory
deanThe oldest member of a group; the feminine is dean
TrainingA form of competitive horse training, in French it has the broader meaning of taming any type of animal.
law of the lord"Right of the Lord": the supposed right of a lord in feudal times to take the virginity of one of his vassals' brides on their wedding night (priority to her new husband)
ColoniaA type of perfume originating from Cologne, Germany; Its Italian creator used a French name to market it, as Cologne was under French control at the time.
BathwaterLiterally "water of preparation." It usually refers to an aromatic product that is cheaper than a perfume because it contains less aromatic compounds and is more suitable for daily use.
the blinkA mass of cream and chocolate icing
VivacityA talent or distinctive style
On guard"[To be] on [your] guard", used in fencing and sometimes incorrectly transliterated as "on guard".
and itineraryI'm on my way
Enfant terribleA disturbingly unconventional person, a 'terrible child'
diplomatic agreementAn agreement or cooperation. L'Entente cordiale (the Cordial Entente) refers to the good diplomatic relations between France and the United Kingdom before the First World War.
entrepreneurA person who enters and operates a new business or enterprise and accepts some responsibility for the risks involved.
facadeThe front view of a building (from the Italian facciata or face); a fake person, as in "put up a front" (the ç is pronounced like an s)
fait accompliLiteral – fait accompli; something that has already happened and is therefore unlikely to be undone, a deal that has been made
Buch"Misstep": Violation of accepted, albeit unwritten, social rules
femme fatale“mortal woman”: an attractive woman who seduces and exploits men for her personal purposes, thus rejecting or abandoning them; extends to the description of an attractive woman with whom a relationship is likely to cause or has caused pain and sadness
trackGroom; a man/woman engaged to be married.
dark movieA genre of dark-themed films from the 1940s and 1950s, centered on stories of crime and immorality.
festeringA cooking process in which alcohol (ethanol) is added to a hot pan to create a burst of flame, meaning "flamed" in French; also used colloquially in reference to something on fire or burned.
lilyA stylized floral heraldic symbol; The golden lily on a blue background was the coat of arms of the Kingdom of France (often spelled "Fleur-de-Lys" in the Old French style).
Force MajeureAn overwhelming and unpredictable event, especially when it comes to the weather (often listed in insurance contracts)
ClumsyTactless doesn't mean "lefty" (which means "gaucher" in French), but it does mean "lefty."
GenderA type or class, e.g. B. "The Suspense Genre"
Big prizeA type of motorsport, literally "Grand Prix"
GrenadierA specialized soldier who was first a grenade thrower and later as an elite force.
high fashion"Haute Couture": tailor-made clothing based in Paris; trend-setting fashion
cocina gourmetluxury gastronomy; literally "haute cuisine".
HeightArrogance; literally height
Appetizers"Unemployed [Main]": Appetizer
dead enddead end
Carefreeindifferent man/woman
NaiveSense: An innocent young man/woman used primarily in connection with a stage character who is completely virgin and sane; L'Ingénu is a famous novel by Voltaire.
Mental games"ghost game"; a witty, often light-hearted comment or composition
enjoy life"joie de vivre/life"
let it be"Let's do it"; It is often used in the context of economic policy or political philosophy, meaning to leave alone or not to interfere.
bladeA type of cloth woven or woven with metallic threads.
read majestyA violation of a sovereign power; or an attack on the dignity of a person or on a sacred custom or institution
ConnectionA close relationship or connection; incidence. The French meaning is broader; "Bond" also means bond, as in "une liaison chimique" (a chemical bond)
SuspiciousOf doubtful taste;
MakrameeThick lace made of knotted ropes
MissSingle miss, miss; literally "my noble maiden"
light painA general feeling of depression or discomfort.
carnavalShrove Tuesday, the last meat day before Lent
mixA mix
meleeA confused fight; many fights
laps"House of three": a sexual arrangement between three people
quitesocial atmosphere; Configuration (also means "medium" in French)
ReasonA recurring thematic element
MousseA whipped dessert or styling mousse; in french it means any kind of foam
born, born"Born": a male/female birth name (maiden name for a female), e.g. B. "Elizabeth Burton, née Taylor"
the nobility obliges"The nobility obliges"; Those who are given a higher position in life have a duty to extend favors/courtesies (possibly token) to those in lower positions.
PseudonymAuthor's pseudonym, literally “pseudonym; ” Originally an English expression now also used in France
New EmpireNewly Rich is used in English to refer specifically to those who live extravagant lifestyles with their newfound wealth.
new kitchennew kitchen
art objectA work of art, usually a painting or sculpture; also a merchandise that is exhibited for its aesthetic qualities
VivacityVerve; extravagance
paper macheLiterally chewed paper; a craft medium using paper and glue
by excellence"Par excellence": epitome
PasticheA derivative work; an imitation
Dialecta dialect; jargon
Not yetLiterally "nose pinch", a kind of glasses without brackets.
laneIt refers to skiing.
show off"poser": person who pretends to be something that is not; an affected or insincere person: an aspirant
ready to use"Ready to wear" (clothes on the rack
ProtectedA man/woman receiving support from an influential mentor
Aim"Reason for being": justification or purpose of existence
Rapportto be in someone's "good grace"; French for: relationship
approachBuild friendly relations, often used in diplomacy.
RenaissanceRenaissance, a cultural movement in the XIV-XVII century
reservoira man-made lake
Reduce speedTranslated as late but used as a derogatory term for someone who thinks slow
AnswerA quick reaction in speech or action, or in swordplay, a quick strike after parrying an attack.
paperA part or function of a person in a situation or an actor in a play
new key"Novel with a key": an account of real people, places, or events in fictional form
RadAn openly mocking and lewd older man.
rojoCooked mixture of flour and fat as a base for soups and sauces
SabotageSubversive destruction, from the practice of workers, fearful of industrialization, destroying machines by throwing their sabots ("clogs") at the machines
Saboteurperson who commits sabotage
Damn you!"Holy Blue!" universal exclamation of horror and shock; a stereotypical chopped swear; very obsolete in France and rarely heard
Cold blood"In cold blood" - coolness and composure under stress; hard upper lip
witheredHe literally jumped; Fry in a little oil
Weise"knowledge": a learned or learned person; in English someone exceptionally gifted in a limited ability
expertiseLiterally "to know how to do it"; to respond appropriately to any situation
SilhouetteAn image of a person, object, or scene consisting of an outline and a nondescript interior, with the object's silhouette usually black.
nicknameFake name, nickname (often used pejoratively in French)
allegedlyso-called; self described; literally "saying to himself"
organizedElegant; polished
FiestaNight party
summarywine butler
suspiciousVery small amount (in French it can also mean suspicious)
quadrupleBoard; in French the meaning is broader: all kinds of boards (blackboard, white board, bulletin board…); also refers to a painting or table (graphic).
love love"Head to head"; an intimate meeting or a private conversation between two people
BATHROOMSProcess of dressing or grooming. It also refers to the bathroom in French when it is in the plural ("les toilettes").
To defeatrecognize an effective counterpoint; literally "rang" or "knocked!"
optical illusionphotorealism in painting; literally "fool the eye"
localHe once invited a man/woman to a show ("Come"); It is not used in modern French, although it can still be used in some expressions such as bienvenu/e (lit. welcome: welcome) or le premier venu (everyone; literally, the first to arrive).
country wineLiterally "country wine"; Wine of a certain quality below the controlled denomination
Vinaigretteoil and vinegar salad dressing; Diminutive of vinagre (vinegar)
in front of"face to face [with]": in comparison with or in relation to; in front of. From "vis" (conjugated form of "voir", to see). It is also a real estate vocabulary in French, which means that your windows and those of your neighbors are in full view (more specifically, that you can see inside their house).
voila!Literally "look there"; in French it can simply mean "there it is"; in English it is usually limited to a triumphant revelation
way wayA complete reversal of opinion, or position, on the face.
VoyeurLiterally someone who sees; a spy

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