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The 2000 Most Common French Words

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à
to (my father, etc.)
à cause de
because of
à court de
pressed for, short of, out of (without, lacking)
à propos
by the way
à travers
across, through
abandonner
to abandon
abîmer
to damage, spoil
absolument
absolutly, definitely
académie
academy
accepter
to accept
accorder
to grant, give
accueillir
to welcome, greet, meet
acheter
to buy
actuel
current, present
actuellement
at present, at the moment
adapter
to adapt
admirer
to admire
adorer
to adore
adresser
to address
affoler
to throw into panic
affreux
auful, horrible
agir
to act, behave
agréable
pleasant
agricole
agricultural
ah
ah
aider
to help
ailleurs
elsewhere, somewhere else
aimable
pleasant, kind, nice
aimer
to love
aîné
older, elder
ainsi
like this, so
ajouter
to add
allemand
German
aller
to go
allumer
to light, kindle
alors
then (in that case)
alors que
whereas, while, when
amener
to bring
américain
American
amusant
amusing, funny
amuser
to amuse, to entertain
ancien
ancient, old
anglais
English
anormal
abnormal, unnatural
apercevoir
to see, notice, catch sight of
appeler
to call
appliquer
to apply
apporter
to bring
apprendre
to learn
appuyer
to support, back up
après
after
après-midi
afternoon
arabe
Arabic
arracher
to tear, tear out, rip off
arranger
to arrange, fix up
arrêter
to stop
arrière
back, rear, backside
arriver
to arrive
articuler
to articulate, pronounce
assez
enough
assister
to be present
assurance
confidence, self-confidence
assurer
to assure
attaquer
to attack
atteindre
to attain, reach
attendre
to wait
attirer
to attract, draw
attraper
to catch
au
à + le
au revoir
goodbye, bye
au-dessus
above, over
aucun
(in negative) no, (negative) any
augmenter
to increase, raise
aujourd'hui
today
auprès
next to, close to, by
auquel
to which
aussi
also
aussi bien
~ que - as well as, not to mention
autant
as much (as), as many (as)
automatiquement
automatically
autour
round, around
autre
other
autrefois
in the past
autrement
differently, in a different manner
aux
à + les
avancer
to make progress, to advance
avant
before
avec
with
avertir
to caution, warn
avoir
to have
avouer
to admit, confess
baigner
to bathe (part of the body), to bath (a child)
baisser
to lower
balader
to take out for a walk
bas
low
battre
to beat, hit, strike
beau
beautiful
beaucoup
much, many
bel et bien
well and truly
ben
well!
bien
well, all right, good
bientôt
soon, shortly
bigrement
very (informal)
bizarre
strange, odd
blanc
white
bleu
blue
boche
German (insulting)
boire
to drink
bon
good, nice
bonjour
hello, good morning, good afternoon, good evening
bonsoir
good evening
boucher
to fill in, fill up, stop up (a hole)
bouffer
to eat (slang)
bouger
to move, budge
bourgeois
bourgeois
brave
brave
bref
brief, short
breton
Breton
bricoler
to tinker about (with cars)
brillant
brilliant
brûler
to burn
brun
brown
c'est-à-dire
that is to say
ça
that
cacher
to hide
calculer
to calculate
camper
to camp (out)
canadien
Canadian
capable
able, capable
car
as, because
carré
square (adj.)
carrément
completely, blatanly (impossible, stupid)
casser
to break
causer
to cause, bring about
ce
this (masc.)
ceci
this
cela
that, it (formal)
celle
that, the one (fem.)
celle-ci
this one (fem.)
celle-là
that one (fem.)
celui
that, the one
celui-là
that one
cent
one hundred
central
central
centre
center
cependant
however
certain
certain
certainement
for certain
ces
these
cet
this (masc. before nouns beginning with a vowel)
cette
this (fem.)
ceux
these (masc.)
ceux-la
those
chacun
everyone
changer
to change
chanter
to sing
chaque
each, every
charger
to load
charmant
charming, lovely
chasser
to chase, hunt
chaud
warm
chauffer
to heat (up)
cher
expensive
chercher
to look for
chez
at (~ Robert - at Robert's place)
chic
stylish, nifty, smart, posh
choisir
to choose
ci
here
cinq
five
cinquante
fifty
cinquième
fifth
circuler
to drive (along), walk (along)
civil
civil
clair
clear, bright
claquer
to slam, bang (the door)
classique
classic, classical
coiffer
to dress sb's hair
coller
to stick (a stamp)
combien
how much, how many
commander
to order, command
comme
as, like
commencer
to begin
comment
how
commercial (adj)
commercial
commode
convenient, handy
commun
common, joint
comparer
to compare
complet
complete, full
complètement
completely
complexe
complex (all senses)
compliqué
complicated, complex
composer
to compose, make up
comprendre
to understand
comptable
accountant, bookkeeper
compter
to count
concevoir
to conceive (a child)
conduire
to drive (a car)
connaître
to know
consacrer
to devote
conseiller
to advise, recommend
conséquent
par ~ - consequently, therefore
conserver
to conserve, preserve
considérer
to consider, regard
consister
to consist
constater
to note, notice
construire
to build, construct
contenir
to contain, hold
content
pleased, glad
continuer
to continue
contraire
opposite, contrary
contre
against
contrôler
to control
convenir
to be suitable
correspondre
to correspond (exchange messages)
coucher
to put (a child) to bed
couler
to flow, run (of liquid)
couper
to cut
courir
to run
court
short
courte
short (fem.)
coûter
to cost
couvrir
to cover
craindre
to fear, be afraid of
créer
to create
crever
to burst, puncture (a tyre)
crier
to shout, cry
critique
critic, critical
critiquer
to criticize
croire
to believe
cuire
to cook
cultiver
to cultivate, grow
curieux
curious
d'abord
at first, first
d'accord
OK!, all right!
d'ailleurs
besides
d'après
according to, by
dans
in, within
danser
to danse
davantage
more
de
of
debout
upright, standing
déchirer
to tear, rip
décider
to decide
découvrir
to discover, uncover, find out
dedans
inside
défendre
to defend
définir
to define
dégoûter
to disgust
dehors
outside
déjà
already
déjeuner
to have lunch
demain
tomorrow
demander
to ask
démarrer
to start up (of vehicle)
demi
half
démolir
to pull down, take down, demolish
dépasser
to pass, overtake (a car)
dépendre
to depend
dépenser
to spend (money)
déplacer
to move, shift
depuis
from, since
depuis que
since
déranger
to disturb, bother
dernier
last
dernièrement
recently
derrière
behind
des
indefinite article (before plural nouns)
dès
from, since
dès que
as soon as
désagréable
unpleasant
descendre
to go down, get down
désirer
to wish, desire
dessous
below, underneath
dessus
on top
deux
two
deuxième
second
devant
in front
développer
to develop
devenir
to become
devoir
to have to
dieu
god
différent
different
difficile
difficult
diminuer
to decrease, diminish
dire
to say
directement
directly, straight
diriger
to run, head, direct
discuter
to discuss
disparaître
to disappear
disposer
to arrange
distraire
to distract
dix
ten
domestique
domestic
donc
therefore
donner
to give
dont
whose, of which
dormir
to sleep
double
double (in size, amount, number)
doubler
to double
douter
to doubt, question
doux
gentle, soft
douze
twelve
droit
right (to do something)
drôle
funny
drôlement
funnily
du
of the
du tout
at all
dur
hard
durer
to last
éclairer
to light up, shine on
économe
thrifty, economical
écouter
to listen
écrire
to write
écrouler
to collapse, fall down
effectivement
actually, really
effrayant
frightening
égal
equal
également
also, too, as well
eh
hey!
eh ben
well!
eh bien
well now! well then!
électrique
electric(al)
élémentaire
elementary
élever
to raise
elle
she
embarquer
to embark
embêtant
annoying
embêtante
annoying (fem.)
embêter
to bother, worry
emmener
to take (a person) (along)
empêcher
to prevent, stop, keep from doing
employer
to use, employ
en
in, to (Italy, France, etc.)
en train de
in the process of
encore
still, yet
enfermer
to shut up, lock up
enfin
at last, finally
engager
to hire, take on (workers)
enlever
to take off
ennuyer
to bore
ennuyeux
boring, tedious
énorme
enormous, huge
énormément
hugely, enormously
enregistrer
to record (sound, music)
enseigner
to teach, instruct
ensemble
together
ensuite
then, next
entendre
to hear
entendu
heard
entier
total, entire
entièrement
entirely, completely
entourer
to surround, encircle
entraîner
to bring away, carry away
entre
between
entrer
to enter, to go in, to come in
entretenir
to maintain, keep
environ
about, around, thereabouts
envisager
to view, envisage, contemplate
envoyer
to send
épatant
spanking, super, great
épouser
to marry
espagnol
Spanish
espérer
to hope
essayer
to try
essentiel
essential
essuyer
to wipe, mop
est-ce que
is it
estimer
to estimate (evaluate), assess
et
and
établir
to establish, set up
étant donné
considering, in view of
etc
etc.
étendre
to extend, stretch out
étonner
to surprise, amaze, astonish
étouffer
to suffocate, smother (a person)
étranger
foreign (from other country)
être
to be
étroit
narrow
étudier
to study
eux
they
évader
to escape
évidemment
obviously
évident
evident, obvious
évidente
evident, obvious (fem.)
éviter
to avoid
exact
correct, accurate, exact
exactement
exactly, precisely
exagérer
to exaggerate, overdo
examiner
examine
excellent
excellent, fine
excuser
to excuse
exister
to exist
expliquer
to explain
exprès
deliberately, on purpose
exprimer
to express
extérieur
exterior, outside, outer
extraordinaire
extraordinary
extrêmement
extremely
fabriquer
to make, manufacture
facile
easy
facilement
easily
faible
weak, feeble
faire
to do
fait
fact
falloir
to have to
fameux
famous
fantastique
fantastic, terrific
fatiguer
to tire (somebody) out
faux
wrong (answer)
fem. ordonnance
prescription
ferme
farm
fermer
to close, shut
fêter
to celebrate
ficher
to file
figurer
to represent
filer
to spin (wool, a web)
finalement
finally, at last
finir
to finish
fixer
to fix, fasten
flanquer
to flank
fonctionner
to function, work, run
forcément
without question, inevitably
forcer
to force, compel, make (do)
former
to form (a company)
formidable
terrific, great, fantastic
fort
strong
fou
madman, lunatic
fouiller
to search, frisk
fournir
to supply, furnish, provide
foutre
to do (slang)
fragile
fragile, brittle
frais
fresh
franchement
frankly
frapper
to knock, hit
froid
cold
fumer
to smoke
furieux
furious
gagner
to earn
gai
cheerful
garantir
to guarantee
garder
to keep
gauche
left (side)
geler
to freeze
gêner
to bother, disturb
général
general
généralement
generally
gentil
nice, kind
glisser
to glide, slide
goûter
to taste (food)
grand
big, large
grave
serious (problem, mistake, etc.)
grimper
to climb (up)
gris
grey
gronder
to scold
gros
fat
grossier
rude
guère
hardly, scarcely
guérir
to cure, heal
habiller
to dress (somebody)
habiter
to live (in)
haut
high
hein
huh
heureusement
luckily, fortunately
heureux
happy
hier
yesterday
huit
eight
ici
here
ignorer
to ignore
il
he
illustre
illustrious
imaginer
to imagine, fancy
immédiatement
immediately
immense
immense
impeccable
brilliant, great (informal)
important
important
imposer
to tax (goods, people)
impossible
impossible
incapable
unable, incapable
incroyable
unbelievable, incredible
indiquer
to indicate, signal
indispensable
essential
industriel
industrial
infernal
infernal
infirmier
(male) nurse
inimaginable
unimaginable
inouï
unheard of
inquiet
uneasy, worried
inscrire
to write down, note down
installer
to install
intellectuel
intellectual
intelligent
intelligent, clever
interdire
to forbid, prohibit, ban
intéressant
interesting
intéresser
to interest
intérieur
inner (interior, inside)
inutile
useless
inviter
to invite
italien
Italian
jamais
never
japonais
Japanese
jaune
yellow
je
I
jeter
to throw
jeune
young
joli
pretty
jouer
to play
juger
to judge
jurer
to swear, vow
jusque
up till
juste
correctly, accurately
justement
just (precisely)
l'
the (before nouns beginning with a vowel)
l'accent
stress, accent
l'accessoire
accessory
l'accident
accident
l'achat
purchase, acquisition
l'acteur
actor
l'activité
activity, action
l'administration
administration, administering
l'adresse
address
l'affaire
matter, business
l'affiche
poster, placard
l'âge
age
l'agent
agent
l'aile
wing
l'air
air
l'aise
comfort
l'alcool
alcohol
l'allumette
match, matchstick
l'allure
speed, pace
l'amateur
amateur, non-professional
l'ambiance
atmosphere, mood
l'ami
friend
l'amour
love
l'an
year
l'animal
animal
l'année
year
l'août
August
l'apéritif
aperitif (drink before meal)
l'appareil
device
l'appartement
apartment (flat)
l'appel
call
l'appendicite
appendicitis
l'arbre
tree
l'argent
money
l'armée
army
l'arrêt
stopping
l'arrivée
arrival, coming
l'art
art
l'article
article (prose)
l'artiste
artist
l'aspect
appearance, look
l'assiette
plate
l'assistant
assistant, helper
l'asticot
maggot
l'atelier
workshop, studio
l'attention
attention
l'attitude
attitude
l'auberge
inn
l'auditeur
listener, hearer
l'auteur
author
l'auto
car
l'autobus
bus
l'automobile
automobile, car
l'avance
advance
l'avantage
advantage
l'avenue
avenue
l'avion
plane, airplane
l'avis
opinion
l'avril
April
l'eau
water
l'éclairage
lighting
l'école
school
l'économie
economy
l'éducation
education
l'effet
effect
l'effort
effort
l'église
church
l'électricien
electrician
l'électricité
electricity
l'élément
element
l'élève
pupil (student)
l'émission
transmission, broadcasting
l'employé
employee
l'endroit
place (location)
l'enfant
child
l'ennui
boredom
l'enquête
inquiry
l'enregistrement
recording
l'enseignement
teaching, education
l'entrée
entry, entrance
l'entretien
discussion, conversation
l'envie
desire
l'épingle
pin
l'époque
age, era (epoch)
l'équipe
team
l'erreur
error, mistake
l'escalier
staircase, stairs, flight of stairs
l'espèce
species
l'esprit
mind
l'essence
gas (US), gasoline (US), petrol
l'étage
floor, stor(e)y
l'état
state, condition
l'été
summer
l'étude
study (of a subject)
l'étudiant
student
l'examen
exam
l'excursion
excursion, outing, hike
l'exemple
example
l'existence
existence, being
l'expérience
experience
l'exploitation
exploitation
l'exposition
exhibition
l'expression
expression
l'habitant
inhabitant
l'habitation
house, dwelling
l'habitude
habit
l'hectare
hectare
l'herbe
grass, herb
l'heure
an hour
l'histoire
story
l'hiver
winter
l'homme
man
l'hôpital
hospital
l'horreur
horror
l'hôtel
hotel
l'huile
oil
l'idée
idea
l'idiot
idiot
l'île
island, isle
l'image
image, picture
l'immeuble
building
l'importance
importance, significance
l'impression
impression
l'inconvénient
snag, drawback, disadvantage
l'individu
individual (noun)
l'ingénieur
engineer
l'initiative
initiative
l'inspecteur
inspector
l'inspection
inspection, review
l'installation
installation, setup
l'instant
instant, moment
l'institut
institute
l'instituteur
(primary school) teacher
l'intention
intention, intent
l'intérêt
insterest
l'inventeur
inventor
l'invention
invention
l'occasion
occasion, opportunity
l'occupation
occupation
l'octobre
October
l'oeil
eye
l'oeuf
egg
l'œuvre
(author's, artist's) work
l'officier
officer
l'oignon
onion
l'ombre
shadow, shade
l'oncle
uncle
l'opéra
opera
l'opération
operation
l'opinion
opinion
l'ordre
order (in list)
l'oreille
ear
l'oreiller
pillow
l'organisation
organisation
l'orgueil
pride
l'origine
origin
l'os
bone
l'ours
bear (zoo)
l'ouverture
opening
l'ouvrier
worker, workman
l'un
~ l'autre - each other
l'uniforme
uniform
l'usage
use
l'usine
factory
la
the (fem. singular)
there (that place)
la bagarre
fighting, fight, scuffle
la bagnole
car, motor (slang)
la baguette
wand, stick
la baignoire
bath tub
la baisse
fall, drop
la balle
bullet
la bande
strip
la barque
barge, small boat
la barre
bar (metal), rail
la base
base, basis
la bête
animal, beast
la bêtise
stupidity, silliness
la bibliothèque
library
la bicyclette
bicycle, bike
la bille
marble
la blague
joke
la boîte
box
la bonne
maid
la bouche
mouth
la boucle
buckle
la boule
ball
la bourse
purse
la bouteille
bottle
la boutique
shop, store
la brosse
brush (hair)
la butte
hillock, mound
la cabine
cabin (of ship)
la caisse
box, crate
la campagne
countryside
la cantine
(factory) canteen
la carte
card
la caserne
barracks
la catin
doll (regional)
la cave
cellar
la centaine
about a hundred
la cerise
cherry
la chaîne
chain
la chaise
chair
la chaleur
heat, warmth
la chambre
room
la chance
luck
la chanson
song
la charge
load
la chasse
hunting, hunt
la chaussure
shoe
la cheftaine
(girl) captain, guide captain
la cheminée
fireplace
la chemise
shirt
la chose
thing
la cigarette
cigarette
la circulation
circulation
la cireuse
floor polisher
la cité
modern city
la classe
class
la clef
key
la clientèle
customers
la cloche
bell
la cloison
partition
la coiffure
hairdo, hair style
la colère
anger
la collection
collection, collecting
la colonie
colony, settlement
la comédie
comedy
la commission
commission
la commune
district, commune, borough
la compagnie
company
la comparaison
comparison
la composition
composition
la conception
conception
la concierge
caretaker
la condition
condition
la conduite
conduct, behavior
la conférence
(university) lecture
la confiance
trust, faith, confidence
la connaissance
knowledge
la conscience
conscience
la conserve
tinned food, canned food
la construction
building, construction
la conversation
conversation, talk
la copie
copy
la corde
rope
la côte
coast, see coast
la couleur
color
la coupe
(fruit) dish, bowl
la cour
court, yard
la course (n)
running
la couverture
(book) cover
la cravate
tie
la crise
crisis
la cuisine
kitchen
la cuisinière
stove, cooker
la culotte
panties (fem.), breeches
la culture
culture
la dactylo
typist
la dame
dame, lady
la dame
lady
la danse
dance
la décoration
decoration
la démonstration
demonstration
la dent
tooth
la différence
difference
la direction
direction, way
la disposition
arrangement, layout
la distraction
pastime, recreation, leisure activity
la dizaine
about ten
la douleur
pain, ache
la doute
doubt
la droite
right-hand side
la fabrique
factory
la face
face
la façon
fashion
la faim
hunger
la famille
family
la faute
fault, mistake
la femme
woman
la fenêtre
window
la fête
holiday, feast
la ficelle
twine, string
la fièvre
fever
la figure
(person's) face
la fille
daughter
la fin
end
la fleur
flower
la foi
faith, trust
la foire
fun fair, market
la fois
occasion, time
la fonction
function
la force
force, strength
la forêt
forest
la forme
form, shape
la formule
formula
la fosse
pit, hole
la foule
crowd
la frontière
border, frontier
la gare
(train) station
la gendarmerie
police station
la géographie
geography
la gifle
slap (in the face)
la glace
ice
la gorge
throat
la goutte
drop
la grand-mère
grandmother
la guerre
war
la halle
covered market
la hauteur
height
la honte
shame
la jambe
leg
la jeune fille
girl, lass
la jeunesse
youth
la joie
joy
la journée
day, daytime
la jupe
skirt
la justice
justice
la laine
wool
la lampe
lamp
la langue
language, tongue
la leçon
lesson
la lecture
reading
la lessive
washing powder
la lettre
letter (post)
la liaison
link, conection
la liberté
freedom, liberty
la licence
license, permit
la ligne
line
la limite
limit, boundary
la liste
list
la littérature
literature
la loi
law
la longueur
length
la lumière
light
la machine
machine
la main
hand
la mairie
town hall
la maison
house
la maladie
disease, illness
la malle
trunk, boot
la maman
mum
la manche
handle
la manière
manner, way
la marchandise
commodity, merchandise
la marche
walk, step
la marine
navy
la marque
mark
la matière
matter
la matinée
morning
la médaille
medal
la médecine
medicine
la mentalité
mentality
la mer
sea
la mère
mother
la mesure
measure, measurement
la minute
minute
la misère
poverty
la mode
fashion
la moitié
half
la monnaie
(small) change (money)
la montagne
mountain
la moto
motorbike, bike
la moyenne
average
la municipalité
town council
la musique
music
la naissance
birth
la nature
nature
la neige
snow
la nièce
niece
la noce
wedding
la note
(written) note
la nourriture
food
la nouvelle
news (item)
la nuit
night
la page
page
la paire
pair
la panne
breakdown, failure
la paroisse
parish
la parole
word (spoken, promised)
la part
portion, part
la partie
part (of a whole)
la pâte
dough, pastry
la patte
paw
la peau
skin
la pêche
fishing
la peine
grief
la peinture
painting
la pension
pension
la période
period
la permission
permission
la personne
person
la peur
fear
la photo
photo
la pièce
room
la pierre
stone
la piste
track, trail
la place
place
la plage
beach
la plaque
plate, sheet (of metal, glass)
la pluie
rain
la plupart
most, the majority
la poche
pocket
la poésie
poetry
la poignée
grip
la pointe
point, tip (of a pen, etc.)
la police
police
la pomme
apple
la pomme de terre
potato
la pompe
pump
la population
population
la porte
door
la position
position
la possibilité
possbility, opportunity
la poterie
pottery, crockery
la poule
hen
la poupée
doll
la poussière
dust
la pratique
practice (n)
la préciosité
preciosity, affectation
la préparation
preparation
la preuve
proof, evidence
la prime
bonus, free gift
la promenade
stroll, walk
la propreté
cleanness, neatness, tidiness
la propriété
property
la province
province
la publicité
advertising, advertisement
la qualité
quality
la quantité
quantity, amount
la question
question
la queue
tail (zoo)
la racine
root
la radio
radio
la raison
reason
la réaction
reaction
la réalité
reality
la recherche
research
la région
region
la reliure
binding
la réparation
repair, mending
la répétition
repetition
la réponse
answer
la retraite
pesion, retirement
la réunion
meeting, gathering
la robe
dress, gown
la rose
rose
la roue
wheel
la route
road
la rue
street
la saison
season
la salade
salad
la salle
room, (large) hall
la salle à manger
dining room
la santé
health
la scène
scene, stage
la science
science
la semaine
week
la série
series
la serviette
towel
la silence
silence
la situation
situation
la société
society
la sœur
sister
la soirée
evening
la solitude
loneliness
la solution
solution, answer
la somme
sum, amount
la sorte
sort (kind, type)
la sortie
exit, departure
la soupe
soupe
la station
station, stop
la sténo
shorthand typist
la suceuse
suction pipe
la suite
rest (of a story), sequel, next instalment
la table
table
la tâche
blot, spot, smudge, stain
la taille
size
la tante
aunt
la tare
tare, defect
la tasse
cup
la taxe
tax
la technique
technique
la télévision
television, TV
la température
temperature
la tente
tent
la tenue
running, upkeep
la terre
earth, ground, land
la tête
head
la traction
traction
la tranche
slice
la troupe
troop, group
la vache
cow
la valeur
value, worth
la vallée
valley
la vapeur
steam
la veille
eve
la vente
sale, selling
la vérité
truth
la version
version
la viande
meat
la vie
life
la villa
cottage, villa
la ville
town, city
la vingtaine
about twenty
la visite
visit
la vitesse
speed
la vocation
vocation, calling
la voie
road, route, way
la voiture
car
la voix
voice
la volonté
will, wish
la vue
view
là-bas
over there
là-dedans
inside, in it
là-dessus
on top
là-haut
up there
lâcher
to loosen, slacken
laisser
to let (permit)
lancer
to throw
laquelle
that, who, which (fem. singular)
large
broad, wide
latin
Latin
laver
to wash
le
the (masc. singular)
le bac
(Infml) French bac, =A-Levels
le bain
bath
le bal
dance, ball, dance hall
le balai
broom, brush
le ballet
ballet
le ballon
balloon
le banc
bench
le banlieue
suburbs, outskirts
le baron
baron
le bateau
boat, ship
le bâtiment
building
le bâton
stick, baton
le beau-frère
brother-in-law
le bébé
baby
le beignet
doughnut, fritter
le bénéfice
benefit, profit
le besoin
need (something necessary)
le beurre
butter
le bifteck
steak, beefsteak
le billet
ticket
le bistrot
pub
le blé
wheat
le bocal
jar
le bois
forest
le bonhomme
good-natured
le bord
side, edge
le boulevard
boulevard, avenue
le boulot
work, job (informal)
le bouquin
book (fam.)
le bout
end
le bouton
button
le bras
arm
le brevet
diploma, certificate
le bruit
noise
le bureau
office
le bus
bus
le but
goal, aim, purpose
le cadeau
gift, present
le cadre
executive (person)
le café
coffee
le cahier
exercise-book, notebook
le calcul
calculation
le camarade
friend, mate, pal
le camion
truck, lorry
le camp
camp
le camping
camping, campsite
le canard
duck
le capitaine
capitain
le caractère
nature, character
le cargo
cargo boat, freighter
le carreau
square
le cas
case
le centimètre
centimeter
le certificat
certificate
le champ
field (piece of land)
le changement
change
le chant
song (literary)
le chanteur
singer
le chantier
building site
le chapeau
hat
le charbon
coal
le charretier
carter
le chasseur
hunter
le chat
cat
le château
castle
le chauffage
heating
le chauffeur
driver
le chef
head, leader
le chemin
way
le chemin de fer
railroad, railway
le cheval
horse
le cheveu
hair
le chien
dog
le chiffon
cloth, (dirty, old) rag
le chocolat
chocolate
le chômage
unemployment
le ciel
sky
le cinéma
cinema, pictures
le circuit
circuit (electrical)
le client
client
le climat
climate
le cochon
pig
le cœur
heart
le coiffeur
hairdresser
le coin
corner
le col
pass (mountain)
le collège
secondary school
le collègue
colleague
le commandant
commander (military)
le commissariat
police station
le communiste
communist
le compte
account
le concert
concert
le concours
contest, competition
le conducteur
driver
le confort
comfort
le conseil
piece of advice, tip
le contact
contact, touch
le contrat
contract
le copain
buddy, mate
le corps
body
le corsage
bodice
le costume
costume
le côté
side
le coton
cotton
le cou
neck
le coude
elbow
le couloir
corridor (in a train)
le coup
blow, stroke, hit
le courant
current, stream, flow
le courrier
letters, mail
le cours
class (lesson)
le cousin
cousin (masc.)
le couteau
knife
le couvent
convent
le crayon
pencil
le crédit
credit
le crochet
hook
le cuir
leather
le culot
nerve, cheeck (infml)
le curé
parish priest
le dahu
imaginary animal
le danger
danger
le début
beginning
le décembre
December
le décor
setting, (theater) scenery
le défaut
shortcoming, defect
le degré
degree
le dentiste
dentist
le départ
departure, start
le dépôt
(monetary) deposit
le dessin
drawing
le détail
detail
le dictionnaire
dictionary
le dimanche
Sunday
le dîner
dinner, evening meal
le directeur
director (of films), manager
le disque
disk, disc
le docteur
doctor
le doigt
finger
le domicile
home, place of residence
le dommage
(material) damage
le dos
back (body part)
le duo
duo
le facteur
mailman, postman
le fauteuil
arm-chair
le fer
iron
le fermier
farmer
le feu
fire
le feutre
felt
le fiancé
fiancé
le fil
thread
le film
film
le fils
son
le foie
liver
le fonctionnaire
state employee, civil servant
le fond
bottom
le fou-rire
insane laughter
le franc
Fr. (currency)
le français
French
le frère
brother
le fromage
cheese
le fruit
fruit
le fruitier
fruit (tree)
le fumier
manure, dung
le gamin
kid
le garage
garage
le garçon
boy
le garde
guard
le gars
guy, chap
le gâteau
cake
le gaz
gas (gas)
le gendarme
police officer, policeman
le genou
knee
le genre
type, kind, sort
le goût
taste
le gouvernement
government
le grand-père
grandfather
le grenier
attic, loft
le groupe
group
le guide
guide
le haricot
bean
le hasard
chance, luck
le héros
hero
le jambon
ham
le janvier
January
le jardin
garden
le jeu
game
le jeudi
Thursday
le jeune homme
young man
le jouet
toy
le jour
day
le journal
newspaper
le jugement
judgement
le juillet
July
le juin
June
le kilo
kilo
le kilomètre
kilometer
le kirsch
kirsch
le lac
lake
le lait
milk
le langage
language, tongue
le lapin
rabbit
le lecteur
reader
le légume
vegetable
le lendemain
the following day, the next day
le lieu
place
le linge
cloth, linen
le lion
lion
le lit
bed
le litre
liter
le livre
book
le lundi
Monday
le lycée
lyceum, high school
le machin
thingy, whatsit, thingummy
le magasin
shop, store
le mai
May
le maire
mayor
le maître
master
le malheur
misfortune
le mannequin
(fashion-show) model
le manque
absence, lack
le manteau
coat
le marchand
merchant, trader
le marché
market
le mardi
Tuesday
le mari
husband
le mariage
marriage, wedding
le marin
sailor
le mars
March
le matelas
mattress
le matériel
material
le matin
morning
le maximum
maximum
le médecin
doctor
le ménage
housekeeping
le mercredi
Wednesday
le métier
job, occupation, line of work
le mètre
meter
le métro
subway, underground, tube
le meuble
piece of furniture
le micro
microphone, mike
le midi
noon
le milieu
middle
le milliard
billion (US), thousand million
le minimum
minimum
le ministre
minister
le minuit
midnight
le modèle
model, template, pattern
le moine
monk
le mois
month
le moment
moment
le monde
world
le mont
mount
le morceau
piece (bit)
le moteur
motor, engine
le moule
mould
le moulin
mill
le mouvement
movement, motion, move
le moyen
means (way)
le mur
wall
le musée
museum
le musicien
musician
le nerf
nerve
le nettoyage
cleaning, cleansing
le neveu
nephew
le nez
nose
le niveau
level
le Noël
Christmas
le noeud
knot
le nom
name
le nombre
number
le nord
north, North
le novembre
November
le numéro
number
le p.m.u
Le Pari Mutuel Urbain
le pain
bread
le panier
basket
le panneau
panel, sign(post)
le pantalon
pants, trousers
le papa
dad
le papier
paper
le Pâques
Easter
le pardessus
coat, overcoat
le pardon
forgiveness, pardon
le parent
parent
le parti
party (political)
le passage
way, passage
le patelin
region (informal)
le patois
patois, local French dialect
le patron
manager, boss (informal)
le pavillon
country house, villa
le pays
country (region)
le paysage
landscape, scenery
le paysan
farmer, countryman
le peintre
painter
le père
father
le personnage
character (fictional)
le pharmacien
pharmacist, chemist
le phénomène
phenomenon
le pianiste
pianist
le piano
piano
le pied
foot
le pion
draughtsman
le plafond
ceiling
le plaisir
pleasure
le plan
plan
le plancher
floor
le plateau
tray
le plomb
lead (chemical element)
le poêle
stove
le poème
poem
le poids
weight
le poil
hair (animal, body, facial)
le point
point, dot
le poireaux
leek
le poisson
fish
le pont
bridge
le port
port
le porteur
messenger
le poste
position (job)
le pot
jug, jar, pot
le poudre
powder
le poulet
chicken
le poumon
lung
le principe
principle
le printemps
spring, springtime
le prix
price
le problème
problem, matter
le procès
trial, (court) case
le professeur
professor
le programme
program(me)
le projet
plan, project
le pronostic
forecast, prognosis
le propriétaire
owner
le psychiatre
psychiatrist
le puits
a well
le quai
platform (rail)
le quart
quarter
le quartier
(town) district, area
le raccord
connection, join
le rameau
bough
le rang
grade (mil), rank
le rapport
connection, link
le rayon
ray, beam
le regard
look, glance
le régime
diet
le régiment
regiment
le rendez-vous
appointment, date
le renseignement
information
le repas
meal
le repos
rest
le ressort
spring (device)
le restaurant
restaurant
le reste
rest (remainder)
le résultat
result
le retard
delay, lateness
le rêve
dream
le roi
king
le rôle
role
le roman
novel
le rouleau
roll, roller
le sac
bag, sack
le salon
lounge, living room, sitting room
le samedi
Saturday
le sandwich
sandwich
le sang
blood
le sapin
fir (tree)
le savant
scientist
le seau
bucket, pail
le secret
secret
le secrétaire
secretary
le séjour
stay, visit
le sens
sense
le sentiment
feeling
le septembre
September
le service
service
le shampoing
shampoo
le siècle
century
le siège
chair, seat
le signe
sign
le soir
evening
le soldat
soldier
le soleil
sun
le sonnet
sonnet
le souci
worry, concern
le soulier
shoe
le sourire
smile
le speaker
(TV) announcer, presenter
le spectacle
sight, spectacle
le spirite
spiritualiste
le sport
sport
le style
style
le succès
success
le sud
south
le sujet
subject, topic
le syndicat
trade union
le tabac
tabacco
le tableau
painting, picture
le tapis
carpet, rug
le tas
pile, heap
le taxi
taxi, cab
le téléphérique
cablecar
le téléphone
telephone
le temps
time
le terme
term
le terrain
field, ground
le test
check, test
le texte
text
le thé
tea
le théâtre
theater
le tissu
cloth, material
le titre
title (book, film; job; sport)
le toit
roof
le tonneau
barrel, cask
le tonnerre
thunder
le tour
turn
le tourisme
tourism
le touriste
tourist
le trac
nerves, stage fright
le tracteur
tractor
le train
train
le traitement
treatment, handling
le trajet
journey
le travail
work
le tribunal
court, court of law
le trou
hole
le truc
thing (informal)
le tube
pipe, tube
le tuyau
pipe, tube
le type
type, kind
le vélo
cycle (bicycle, bike)
le vendeur
salesman, shop assistant
le vendredi
Friday
le vent
wind
le ventre
stomach, belly
le verre
glass
le village
village
le vin
wine
le violon
violin
le vis
screw
le visage
face
le vocabulaire
vocabulary
le voisin
neighbor
le vol
flight
le volet
shutter
le voleur
thief, robber
le volume
volume
le voyage
journey, trip
le wagon
carriage, coach
le zéro
zero, nought
le gosse
kid, lad
léger
light, lightweight
lequel
which, that, who (masc. singular)
les
the (plural)
les bagages
baggage, luggage
les environs
vicinity, surroundings
les frites
chips, French fries
les gens
people
les lunettes
glasses
les maths
math
les parents
parents
les vacances
vacation, time off, holidays
les vêtements
clothing, clothes
lesquels
who, that, which (feminine plural)
leur
their (before singular nouns)
lever
to lift, to raise
libre
free
lire
to read
littéraire
literary
logement
accomodation, place to live
loger
to stay, live
loin
far
long
long
longtemps
for a long time, long
lorsque
when
louer
to let, rent out (room)
lourd
heavy
lui
he
luxe
luxury
lyrique
lyric, lyrical
ma
my (fem.)
machiner
to plot
madame
madam
mademoiselle
Miss
magnifique
gorgeous, beautiful
maintenant
now
mais
but
mal
badly
malade
ill, sick
malgré
in spite of, despite
malheureusement
unfortunately
malheureux
unfortunate, unhappy
malin
smart, wily
manger
to eat
manquer
to miss (a person, a bus, etc.)
marcher
to walk
marquer
to mark
marrant
funny (amusing)
mauvais
bad (adj)
me
me, to me
mécanique
mechanical
méchant
wicked, nasty
meilleur
better
même
even
mener
to lead
merci
thank you
mériter
to deserve
merveilleux
wonderful, marvellous
mes
my (before plural nouns)
mettre
to put
mien
my, mine
mieux
better (from well)
mignon
sweet, cute
militaire
military
mille
one thousand
million
million
moderne
modern
moi
I
moindre
lesser
moins
less
mon
my (masc.)
monsieur
mister
monter
to climb, go up
montrer
to show
moral
moral
mordre
to bite
mort
dead
mot
word
mouiller
to wet
mourir
to die
munir
to provide, equip
n'est-ce pas
isn't it? doesn't it? etc.
n'importe
doesn't matter
n'importe qui
anyone, anybody
nager
to swim
naître
to be born
national
national, country-wide
naturel
natural
naturellement
naturally
ne
not
nécessaire
necessary
neiger
to snow
nerveux
nervous
nettement
clearly
nettoyer
to clean (up)
neuf
nine
ni
nor
noir
black
nombreux
numerous
nommer
to name, call
non
no
non plus
either
normal
normal
normalement
normally (as usual)
nos
our (plural)
notamment
notably
noter
to notice
notre
our
nôtre
ours
nourrir
to feed
nous
we
nouveau
new
nu
naked, bare
nul
nil, no
obliger
oblige
obtenir
to get, obtain
occuper
to occupy
offrir
to offer, give (present)
oh
oh
on
one (someone, as a subject)
onze
eleven
opérer
to operate on (a patient)
or
gold
ordinaire
ordinary, usual, everyday
organiser
to orginize
oriental
oriental, eastern
oser
to dare
ou
or
where
ouais
yeah
oublier
to forget
oui
yes
ouvrir
to open
par
by (through)
paraître
to appear
parce que
because
paré
ready, all-set
pareil
similar
parfait
perfect
parfaitement
perfectly, quite (happy, possible, etc.)
parisien
Parisian
parler
to talk, to speak
parmi
among, between
partager
to share, divide, separate
particulier
particular, specific
particulièrement
particularly, specially
partir
to leave (for a place)
partout
everywhere
pas
not
pas du tout
not at all
passer
to spend
pauvre
poor
payer
to pay
peindre
to paint
pendant
during
pendre
to hang
pénétrer
to penetrate, get in
pénible
painful, hard
penser
to think
perdre
to lose
permettre
to allow, to let
personnellement
personally
petit
small
peu
little, few
peut-être
maybe
piquer
to sting, bite, prick
pire
worse
pis
worse
placer
to place, put
plaindre
to pity, feel sorry for
plaire
to please
planter
to plant
plat
flat (horizontal)
plein
full
pleurer
to cry, weep
pleuvoir
to rain
plier
to fold
plus
more
plusieurs
several
plutôt
rather
poli
polite
politique
political
populaire
popular
porter
to carry
poser
to put, to lay
possible
possible
pour
for
pour que
so that
pourquoi
why
poursuivre
to pursue
pourtant
however
pousser
to push
pouvoir
can (to be able to)
pratiquement
practically, virtually
précieux
precious
précis
accurate, precise
précisément
precisely, exactly
préférer
to prefer
premier
first
premièrement
firstly, in the first place
prendre
to take
préparer
to prepare
près
near
présenter
to present, to introduce
presque
almost
presser
to press, squeeze
prêt
ready
prétendre
to claim (assert)
prêter
to lend
prévenir
to warn
prévoir
to foresee, anticipate
prier
to beg
primaire
primary
principal
main, principal
principalement
mainly, chiefly
privé
private
probablement
probably, likely
prochain
next
procurer
to get (something)
produire
to produce, generate, create
professionnel
professional
profiter
to take advantage
promener
se ~ - to go for a walk
prononcer
pronounce
proposer
to propose, offer
prouver
to prove
public
public
puis
then, afterwards
puisque
as, since
pur
pure
qu'est-ce que
what
qu'est-ce qui
what (interrogative (subject))
quand
when
quand même
anyway
quarante
forty
quatorze
fourteen
quatre
four
quatrième
fourth
que
that (ex. I know that ...)
quel
what, which, which one
quelqu'un
somebody
quelque
some, any
quelque chose
something
quelquefois
sometimes, occasionally
quelques
some, a few
qui
who
quinzaine
about fifteen, fifteen or so
quinze
fifteen
quitter
to leave (a place, a person)
quoi
what?
quoi que
whatever
quoique
though, although
raconter
to tell
radiant
radiant (energy)
raisonnable
reasonable, fair
ramasser
to gather, pick up, collect
ramener
to bring back, take (somebody) back
rapide
fast, quick
rapidement
fast, quickly
rappeler
to recall, call back
rapporter
to report, tell
rare
rare
rater
to miss (a train)
réaliser
to realize, carry out (a project)
recevoir
to receive
réchauffer
to warm up, reheat
réclamer
to ask for, call for
recommencer
to start again/afresh
reconnaître
to recognize, acknowledge
reconstruire
to reconstruct
redescendre
to bring down
réduire
to reduce (pain), cut (prices)
réel
real
réellement
really, truely
refaire
to make again, do again, redo
réfléchir
to think, reflect
refuser
to refuse, reject
regarder
to look
régler
to settle (a debt, an account)
regretter
to regret, be sorry about
régulier
regular
régulièrement
regularly
rejoindre
to rejoin (a motorway)
relever
to raise, pull up
religieux
religious
remarier
to remarry
remarquable
outstanding, remarkable
remarquer
note
rembourser
to reimburse, pay back, repay
remercier
to thank
remettre
to replace, to put back
remonter
to go/come back up
remplacer
to replace, substitute
remplir
to fill, fill up
rencontrer
to meet
rendre
to return, give back
renseigner
to inform, give information
rentrer
to return, go back, come back
renverser
to tip over, knock over
renvoyer
to dismiss, sack
réparer
to repair, fix, mend
repartir
to leave again
repasser
to iron
répéter
to repeat
répondre
to reply, to answer
reprendre
to take back
représenter
to represent, depict
réserver
to keep, save, put aside
ressembler
to look like, be like, resemble
ressortir
to come out again, go out again
rester
to remain, to stay
retenir
to retain, keep
retirer
to take away, remove
retour
return
retourner
to return, go back
retrouver
to find (something lost)
réunir
to gather, collect
réussir
to succeed
réveiller
to wake (somebody) up
revenir
to return, come back, get back
rêver
to dream
revoir
to see again
riche
rich
rien
nothing
rien du tout
nothing whatever
rigoler
to laugh, have a laugh
rire
to laugh
risquer
to risk, to take a chance
rond
round (object)
rouge
red
rouler
to roll
rouspéter
to protest (informal)
russe
Russian
s'approcher
to come near, approach
s'asseoir
to sit down
s'endormir
to fall asleep, go to sleep
s'énerver
to get worked up
s'habituer
to get used, get accustomed
sa
his, her (fem.)
sage
wise
sale
dirty
sans
without
satisfaire
to satisfy
sauf
except
sauter
to jump
sauvage
savage, wild
sauver
to save, rescue
savoir
to know
scientifique
scientific
scolaire
school (book, year), academic,
se
himself, herself
se baigner
to bathe, have a bath, go bathing
se contenter
to be satisfied
se débarrasser
to get rid
se débrouiller
to manage, cope
se marier
to get married
se moquer
to make fun, poke fun (de - at)
se rapprocher
to get nearer, come closer, approach
se reposer
to rest, have a rest
se souvenir
to remember
se taire
to be quiet, be silent
sec
dry
sécher
to dry
second
second (after first)
seize
sixteen
sembler
to seem, appear, look
sentir
to feel
séparer
to separate
sept
seven
sérieux
serious
servir
to serve
ses
his, her (before plural nouns)
seul
alone
seulement
only
sévère
severe
si
if
signaler
to report (signal to somebody)
signer
to sign
simple
simple
simplement
simply
sinon
or else, otherwise
six
six
sixième
sixth
social
social
soi
oneself, self
soigner
look after, take care
soit ... soit
either ... or
soixante
sixty
solide
firm, solid
son
his, her (masc.)
sonner
to sound, toll, ring
sortir
to go out
sou
penny
souffrir
to suffer
souhaiter
to wish
souple
flexible
sous
under
souvent
often
spécial
special
spécialiser
to specialize
suédois
Swede, Swedish
suffire
to be enough, be sufficient
suffisamment
enough, sufficiently
suffisant
enough, sufficient
Suisse
Switzerland
suivant
next, following
suivre
to follow
supérieur
upper, higher, superior
supplémentaire
additional
supporter
to bear, stand
supposer
to suppose, asume
supprimer
to remove, delete
sur
on
sûr
sure
sûrement
certainly
surprendre
to surprise
surtout
above all, especially
surveiller
to observe, watch, keep an eye on
sympathique
nice, pleasant
t
t
ta
your (informal singular fem.)
tâcher
to try to (do)
tandis que
while, whereas
tant
so much
tant que
while, as long as
taper
to hit, type
tard
late
te
to (you) (singular informal)
tel
such
téléphoner
to phone
tellement
so much, so (nice, bad, etc)
tempérament
temperament, disposition
tendre
tender
tenir
to hold, to keep
terminer
to end, finish
terrible
terrible
tes
your (before plural nouns, from tu)
théâtral
theatrical
tirer
to pull
toi
you (informal singular)
tomber
to fall
ton
your (informal singular masc.)
tôt
early
totalement
totally
toucher
to touch
toujours
always
touristique
tourist (guide, ticket, ...)
tourner
to turn
tout
all
tout à fait
completely, fully
tout à l'heure
a short while ago
tout d'un coup
suddenly, all of a sudden
tout de même
even so, still
tout de suite
immediately
tout le monde
everybody
tout le temps
all the time
traîner
to drag
traiter
to treat
tranquille
calm, quiet
transformer
to transform
travailler
to work
traverser
to cross, get across
treize
thirteen
trente
thirty
très
very
triste
sad
trois
three
troisième
third
tromper
to deceive, trick, fool
trop
too much, too (excessively)
trouver
to find
tu
you (informal singular subject)
tuer
to kill
un
a(n) (masc.)
un peu
a little
une
a(n) (fem.)
unique
unique
uniquement
only, solely
usuel
everyday
utiliser
to use
valable
valid
valoir
to be worth
vendre
to sell
venir
to come
véritable
true, real, genuine
vers
to, towards
verser
to pour
vert
green
veuf
widower
vexer
to vex
vide
empty
vider
to empty
vieux
old
vingt
twenty
visiter
to visit
vite
fast, quickly
vivant
alive, living
vivre
to live
vocal
vocal
voici
here is
voilà
here is, there is
voir
to see
voler
to steal
vos
your (before plural nouns, from votre)
votre
your (polite singular or neutral plural)
vôtre
yours
vouloir
to want
vous
you (polite singular, neutral plural)
voyager
to travel
vrai
true, real
vraiment
really
y
there