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most common french words

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être
to be
avoir
to have
aller
to go
qui
who, whom, which, that
ça
this, that, it
faire
to do, to make
tout, tous, toute, toutes
all, everything, any
que
that, which, what
dire
to say, to tell
pouvoir
can, to be able to
le pouvoir (noun)
power
vouloir
to want
dans
in, into
savoir
to know (a fact)
where, that
y
it, there
à
in, to, with
au, à la, aux
at the, to the, in the
devoir
to have to, should, must
le devoir (noun)
duty, obligation, task
venir
to come, to occur (i just did)
sur
on, upon, over
there, here, then
suivre
to follow
parler
to speak, to talk
prendre
to take
quand
when, whenever
alors
so, the, hence
par
per, by, through, out of
falloir (il faut)
to be necessary
laisser
to leave
encore
again, over again, even, still, yet
est-ce que
is it (replacement for "do")
maintenant
now, nowadays
le temps
weather, time
la vie
life, lifetime, existence
mettre
to put, to put on
rester
to stay, to remain
sans
without
seul
alone, only
arrêter
to stop
vraiment
really, truly
connaître
to know (a person or thing), to experience, to be familiar with
quelque
some, a few, any
sûr
certain, sure (i.e. bien sûr)
tuer
to kill
mourir
to die, to pass away
demander
to ask, to ask for, to be looking for
juste
just, fair, right, accurate
peut-être
maybe, perhaps
le dieu
god
fois
...
une personne
person, anyone, anybody, individual
l'an
year
trop
too much, too
chez
at, to, in, at the home of
après
after, afterwards, later
mal
trouble, difficulty, bad, wrong
a besoin de
to need
accord
agreement
avant
before
grand
big, large, tall, great, big (sister, brother)
entendre
to hear
voilà
there is it
chercher
to look for, to search, to seek
heure
hour, time
mieux
better
déjà
already, before
essayer
to try, to try out, to test
quel
what, which
depuis
since, from, for
quelqu'un
someone, somebody
beaucoup
much, many, a lot of
revenir
to come back
donc
therefore, so
plaire
to please, to be likable
la maison
house, home
les gens
people (plural)
le soir, la soirée
night, evening
la nuit
night
jouer
to play
finir
to finish, to end
la peur
fear, fright
le mort
death, dead
parce que
because, for
perdre
to lose, to miss
sentir
to smell, to sniff, to feel
rentrer (à), retourner (à)
to return to, to bring it, to take in
premier, première
first, basic, first floor
le problème
problem
l'argent
silver, money
vivre
to live, to be alive, to go through
dernier, dernière
last, latest, most recent
tenir
to hold
la main
hand
vite
quickly, fast, soon
oublier
to forget, to miss
air
air, look appearance, manner
travailler
to work
le fils
son
la fille
daughter
moins
less
plus
more
la tête
head
le coup
blow, shot, kick, punch
écouter
to listen to
la raison
reason
manger
to eat
amour
love, love affair, cupid
entrer
to go in, to enter, to come in
dont
whose, of which
nouveau
new, fresh
devenir
to become
commencer
to start, to begin
un moment
a moment
la voiture
car
vieux
old
payer
to pay
fou, folle
mad, crazy
tirer
to pull, to shoot, to draw
ouvrir
to open
des yeux
eyes
le fait
fact
en fait
in fact
au fait
by the way
changer
to change
tomber
to fall
assez
enough, quite, fairly
affaire
affair, business
dormir
to sleep
combien
how much, how many
le frère
brother
la idée
idea, opinion
puis
next, then, besides, plus (in addition)
la famille
family
un truc
a thing
tant
much, so much
souvenir
to remember
souvenir (nom)
memory, souvenir
ni
nor
occuper
to occupy, to live in, to take up
entre
between, among
marcher
to walk, to march
chance
luck, fortune
aujourd'hui
today (lit. "on the day of today)
envoyer
to send, to throw, to dispatch, to refer
la histoire
history, store
jeune
young, youthful, young person
tard
late
apprendre
to learn, to teach
un minute
a minute
boire
to drink
garder
to keep, to guard
la porte
door
montrer
to show, to point out
un mec
a guy, a dude
asseoir
to sit down
porter
to carry, to wear
sous
under
prêt, prête (ad)
ready
le prêt (nom)
loan
contre
against
prier
to pray
pendant
during
le mois
month
le mois dernier
last month
le mois prochain
next month
meilleur
better, best
servir
to serve, to use someone (manipulation)
écrire
to write
la part
share, portion, part
espérer
to hope
plein, pleine
full, plenty
retrouver
to find again, to meet
la ville
town, city
la terre
earth, ground
gagner
to win
la semaine
week
acheter
to buy
longtemps
long, for a long time
le gars
boy, guy
la chambre
bedroom
le côté
side
à côté de
next to, besides
le droit (nom)
law, the right (like bill of rights),
droit, droite (ad)
right side, straight
rappeler
to remind, to remember, to call back
lire
to read
le mot
word
seulement
only, soley
voici
here it is
monter
to go up
quitter
to leave, to abandon
la police
the police
le matin
morning
emmener
to take (somebody)
toucher
to touch
continuer
to continue
devant
in front, ahead, in front of, ahead of, past, before
fort
strong, loud
gros
big, large, thick, heavy
enfin
finally, at last
le mari
husband
là-bas
over there
importer
to import, to be important (to someone)
manquer
to miss, to miss somebody)
raconter
to tell
ensemble
together, at once
mauvais
bad, poor, wrong
répondre
to answer, to reply
le corps
body
heureux, heureuse
happy
loin
far
aucun
no, not any, non
pauvre
poor, poor person
sauver
to save
chaque
each
recontrer
to meet, to encounter
le cœur
heart
voler
to fly, to steal
fermer
to close, to shut
valoir
to have worth
descendre
to go down, to take down
le feu
fire, traffic light
suffire
to be enough, to suffice
le façon
way, manner
sembler
to seem, to appear, to look
compter
to count
vers
towards, near, around, about
la guerre
war
l'arme
weapon
l'endroit
place
ordre
to order, to command
poser
to put down, to lay, to pose
le reste
the remainder, the rest
le pied
foot
une envie
a desire
prés
near
inquiéter
to worry, to bother
bouger
to move
plutôt
rather, quite
apporter
to bring something
décider
to decide
ainsi
like this, in this way
certain
certain, sure
vendre
to sell
le chef
the head, boss, chief, leader
cacher
to hide
le pays
country
expliquer
to explain
battre
to beat
la peine
pain, trouble, sorrow
agir
to act
imaginer
to imagine
la tour
tower
la vérité
the truth
recevoir
to receive, to get
gentil, gentille
nice, kind
jeter
to throw something away
amener
to bring someone
plaisir
pleasure
promettre
to promise
mentir
to lie
la sœur
sister
bientôt
soon, quickly, shortly
le lit
bed
tellement
so much, so (very)
le lieu
place, location
coucher
to put to bed, to lay down, to sleep (with)
presque
almost, nearly
dehors
outside
passé
past, last
préférer
to prefer
derrière
behind
offirir
to offer, to give
réveiller
to wake up
d'abord
foremost, first
ramener
to bring back
enlever
to take away, to remove
calme
Calm, still, quiet
lâcher
to let go of, to release
choisir
to choose
conduire
to drive, to lead
la faute
the fault, mistake
calmer
to calm down
le dîner
dinner
la route
road, journey, way
chanter
to sing
disparaître
to disappear
lever
to raise, to lift
dessus
on top
sinon
otherwise, or else
propre
clean, own
la confiance
the confidence
casser
to break
prochain
next
frapper
to hit
le rêve
dream
bas
low, bottom
ignorer
to ignore
la fête
party
couper
to cut (cut off)
l'esprit
mind, brain, spirit
taire
to be silent
le seigneur
lord, (the Lord, God when capitalized) master
le flic
cop (slang)
parfois
someties
le capitaine
captain
âge
age
autant
so much, so many
la force
force, strength
Que la force soit avec toi (ou Vous)
May the force be with you
la pièce
room, place, coin, piece
le cul
butt (vulgar)
le bras
arm
tromper
to deceive, to cheat on
surtout
especially, above all, mainly
ressembler
to look like
jurer
to swear
le plan
map, plan, layout
sale
dirty
courir
to run
en haut
top
l'état
state
remettre
to put back (on), to postpone
la carte
map, card, menu
la paix
peace, quiet
exactement
exactly, accurately
drôle
funny
refuser
to refuse, to turn down
dès
from
le cours
the class, course
grave (adj)
serious, grave
terminer
to end, to finish
le ciel
sky
partout
everywhere
l'âme
soul
le patron
boss, manager, owner
amuser
to amuse, to entertain
s'amuser
to have fun
le visage
face
intéresser
to interest
reconnaître
to recognize
rire
to laugh
le médecin
doctor, MD, physician
le rapport
report, connection
pardonner
to forgive, to pardon
l'avis (m)
opinion, notice
embrasser
to embrace, to kiss
retour
to return
simple (adj)
simple (when used after the noun), mere (when used before the noun)
danser
to dance
exister
to exist
différent
different, various, other
souvent
often
la lumière
light
génial
great, brilliant
sûrement
surely, certainly, most probably
pareil
same, alike, like, similar, such
réussir
to be successful, to succeed
bizarre
odd, strange, bizare
la voix
voice
protéger
to protect
honneur
honor
tôt
early
l'équipe (f)
team, crew
prévenir
to tell, to inform, to prevent
le cheval
horse
ailleurs
elsewhere, somewhere else
maître
master, mistress, teacher, lawyer
le bout
bit, tip, end
habiter
to live, to inhabit
ensuite
then, next, afterwards
froid
cold
normal
normal, usual
déranger
to disturb, to upset
reprendre
to take back, to recapture
l'oncle
uncle
le prix
price, prize
retard
delay, lateness
détruire
to destroy, to ruin
le cadeau
present, gift
pousser
to push, to press
la gueule
snout (of an animal), mouth (vulgar)
le chemin
path, way
vivant
vibrant, living, alive
le bateau
boat
million
million
le sac
bag, sack
bête (adj)
stupid, silly, inept
la bête
beast, animal
découvrir
to discover, to find
l'erreur (f)
error, mistake
le soleil
sun
sauter
to jump
détester
to hate, to detest
clair
clear, apparent
faux
wrong, false
paraître
to appear, to seem, to come out
la balle
small ball (baseball, golf ball, tennis ball, etc)
empêcher
to prevent, to stop
maintenir
to keep, to maintain
les cheveux
hair
supposer
to suppose, to assume
tranquille
quiet, calm, tranquil
neuf
nine, new, unused
épouser
to marry, to espouse
le clé
key, solution
l'agent
agent, officer, official
approcher
to approach
sens
direction, way, meaning, sense, senses
craindre
to be afraid of, to fear
crier
to shout (like a kings crier!)
l'effet (m)
effect, impression
réfléchir
to reflect, to think
l'espèce (f)
species, kind, type
arranger
to arrange, to organize
naître
to be born
le bois
wood, antlers
le propos
aim, intention, remark
le sort
fate, destiny, spell, lot (like a lottery or statistics)
la sorte
kind, type, manner, way
le début
beginning, start, debut
souffrir
to suffer, to be in pain
la jambe
leg
remercier
to thank
l'avocat (m)
lawyer
attraper
to catch
le courant
current (water), trend
dépêcher
to hurry, to dispatch, to rush
le peuple
people
la dame
lady, woman
vérifer
to verify, to check
abandonner
to abandon, to leave, to desert
le journal
newspaper
sérieux
serious, geniune
l'or (m)
gold
le loi
law
le fond
bottom, back
le fric
money (slang)
la situation
situation, job, location
sauf
except
le doute
doubt
le soldat
soldier
la scène
scene
assurer
to assure, to insure
le preuve
proof, evidence
l'humain (f)
human
la mer
sea, seaside
la victime
victim
complètement
completely, fully, in depth
la garde
nurse, guard, carer
le meurtre
murder
la groupe
group
traiter
to treat, to deal with, to take care of
doucement
gently, softly
blesser
to injure, to wound, to hurt
la parole
speech, word, expression, promise, lyrics (when plural)
la honte
shame
dégager
to free, to clear, to radiate
la soirée
party, evening
dangereux
dangerous
filer
to spin, to take off, to go off, to leave
risquer
to risk
le dos
back, spine
mener
to take, to lead, to guide, to manage
la fleur
flower
attaquer
to attack
le coin
corner, spot
le bordel
brothel, bloody mess (slang)
le professeur
teacher, professor
fumer
to smoke
l'habitude
habit, practice
signer
to sign
ficher
to file, to track (like by police)
mériter
to deserve, to be worth
la réponse
answer, reply
rejoindre
to meet up, to join, to rejoin
discuter
to question, to dispute
pourtant
however, yet
avancer
to advance, to move forward
la connerie
stupidity
reposer
to rest, to relax
échapper
to escape, to get away, to run away
la forme
form, shape
le bruit
noise, sound, rumor
chacun
each, everyone
le diable
devil
charger
to charge
l'ennemi, l'ennemie
enemy
le gamin
kid (usually a mischievous kid)
le rendez-vous (RDV)
appointment
debout
standing, standing up
obliger
to oblige
le trou
hole
accompagner
to accompany, to go with
oser
to dare
l'impression
impression
intérieur
inside, interior
la bouche
mouth
absolument
absolutely
doux
soft, mild, gentle
le revendication
demand, complaint
regretter
to regret
le mur
wall
l'enfer (m)
hell
prouver
to prove
la boîte
box
couvrir
to cover
magnifique
magnificent
obtenir
to obtain
la cuisine
kitchen
la vue
sight, view
éviter
to avoid
la peau
skin
le salaud
bastard (vulgar)
le conseil
advice
plaisanter
to joke, to make a joke
autour
around
le vin
wine
exact
exact, precise
virer
to veer
supporter
to support
régler
to sort out, to settle, to regulate
étrange
strange, odd
la grâce
charm, grace, favor
souhaiter
to wish, to hope
créer
to create
la chanson
song
la pote
friend
surveiller
to monitor, to survey, to watch
simplement
simply
recommencer
to start again, to try again
la robe
dress
chaud
hot
le moyen
way, method, means, medium
sympa
nice, friendly
le vaisseau
ship, vessel
le nez
nose
la propriété
property
l'éclat (m)
shine, brillance, luster
le tronçon
slice, selection
recueillir
to collect, to gather
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