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1000 Most Common French Words part 1

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être
to be; being
avoir
to have
je
I
de
of, from, by, than, in, with (see #28)
ne
not
pas
not; step, pace
le
the; him, it (refering to a masculine singular noun) (see #8, 15, 18)
la
the; her, it (refering to a feminine singular noun) (see #7, 15, 18)
tu
you
vous
you, yourself
il
he, it
et
and
à
in, to, with
un
a, an; one (used before a masculine singular noun) (see #26, 31)
l'
the (used instead of ''le'' or ''la'' before nouns that begin with a vowel) (see #7, 8, 18)
qui
who, whom; that, which
aller
to go
les
the; them (referring to a plural noun) (see #7, 8, 15)
en
in, into, to, as
ça
this, that (see #203)
faire
to do, make
tout
all, everything, any; very, quite
on
we, you
que
that; what; which
ce
this, that (see #73, 99, 201)
une
a, an; one (used before a feminine singular noun) (see #14, 31)
mes
my (used before plural nouns) (see #50, 108)
d'
of, from, by, than, in, with (used before a vowel or mute h) (see #4)
pour
for
se
himself, herself, themselves (see #60)
des
some (used before a plural noun) (see #14, 26)
dire
to say, tell
pouvoir
can, to be able to
vouloir
to want
mais
but
me
me, myself
nous
we, us
dans
in, into
elle
she, it (refers to a feminine singular noun)
savoir
to know
du
(de + le/les) = of the, from the
where, that
y
it, there
t'
you, yourself (shortened form used before a vowel)
bien
well, very; good
voir
to see
plus
more
non
no
te
you, yourself
mon
my (used before a masculine singular noun) (see #27, 108)
au
(à + le) = at the, to the, in the
avec
with
moi
I, me
si
yes, so; if
quoi
what (exclamatory, interrogative, after preposition)
devoir
to have to, must; duty, test
oui
yes
ils
they (refers to a group of masculine or mixed masculine/feminine nouns)
comme
as, like; how, same
s'
himself, herself, themselves (used before a vower) (see #30)
venir
to come, occur
sur
on, upon; over; sour
toi
you, yourself (after preposition)
ici
here
rien
nothing
lui
he, him, it, her
bon
good, right, kind; voucher; then
there, here, then
suivre
to follow
pourquoi
why
parler
to speak, talk
prendre
to take, get
cette
this, that (before a feminine noun) (see #25, 99, 201)
quand
when, whenever
alors
then, yet, so
chose
thing, matter
par
per, by, through, out of
son
his (masculine), her (feminine), its (thing)
croire
to believe, think
aimer
to love, like, be fond of
falloir
it is necessary, must, have to
comment
how; what
très
very
ou
or
passer
to pass, go by, cross
penser
to think
aussi
also, too
jamais
never
attendre
to wait for, expect
trouver
to find
laisser
to leave
petit
small, little; child, baby
merci
thanks, thank you
même
same; even, very
sa
his, her, its (feminine)
ta
your (reminine)
autre
other, another, different
arriver
to arrive
ces
these, those (see #25, 73, 201)
donner
to give, give away
regarder
to look at, watch
encore
again, over again, even, still
appeler
to call, ring
est-ce que
is it
peu
not much, not very, few; bit
homme
man
partir
to go, leave, go away
ma
my (used before a feminine singular noun) (see #27, 50)
toujours
always, still
jour
day, daytime
femme
woman, wife
temps
weather; time; times
maintenant
now, nowadays
notre
our (singular) (see #192)
vie
life, lifetime, existence
deux
two
mettre
to put, put on, wear
rester
to stay, remain
sans
without
seul
alone
arrêter
to stop
vraiment
really, truly
connaître
to know, experience
quelque
some, a few, any
sûr
on, over
tuer
to kill
mourir
to die, pass away
demander
to ask, ask for, be looking for
juste
just, fair; just, right, accurate
peut-être
perhaps, maybe
dieu
god
fois
time
oh
oh!
père
father
comprendre
to understand
sortir
to go out; take out
personne
anyone, anybody; person, individual
an
year
trop
too much, too (excessively)
chez
at, to, in
fille
daughter, girl, gal
aux
(à + les) = of the
monde
world, people
ami
friend; friendly
vrai
true, real, genuine
après
after, afterwards, later
mal
trouble, difficulty; badly, wrongly
besoin
need, demand, necessity
accord
agreement, accord, harmony
ses
his, her, its (plural)
avant
before
monsieur
gentleman, Mr
enfant
child, infant
grand
big, large, tall, great; big boy, big girl
entendre
to hear, listen to, understand
voilà
there is, there are
chercher
to look for, seek
heure
hour; time; age
mieux
better, utmost, best; improvement
tes
your (plural)
aider
to help, aid
mère
mother
déjà
already, before
beau
beautiful, lovely, pretty; fine, nice (weather)
essayer
to try, try out, test
quel
what, which (interrogative)
vos
your (plural, from ''votre'')
depuis
since, from, for
quelqu'un
someone, somebody
beaucoup
much, many, a lot
revenir
to come back, return
donc
so, therefore
plaire
to be successful
maison
house, home
gens
people (plural)
nuit
night
ah
ah!
soir
evening, night
nom
name; noun
bonjour
hello (see #207)
jouer
to play
leur
their, to them (mas or fem), theirs (masc, fem, plural)
finir
to finish, end
peur
fear, fright
mort
death; dead
parce que
because, for
perdre
to lose, miss
maman
mummy, mama, mom
sentir
to smell, sniff, feel
ouais
yeah, yep
rentrer
to bring in, take in; to get in, go in, come home
nos
our (plural) (see #114)
premier
first, basic; first floor
problème
problem
argent
silver, money
quelle
who, what, which
vivre
to live, be alive, go through
rendre
to return, give back, repay
dernier
last, latest
tenir
to hold, run, keep, last
cet
this, that (before vowel and mute h) (see #25, 73, 99)
main
hand
cela
this, that (used in formal contexts and expressions) (see #20)
vite
quickly, fast, soon
oublier
to forget, miss
air
air; look, appearance, manner
salut
greeting; Hi!, Hello!, Bye! (see #180)
fils
son
travailler
to work, work on, practise
moins
less
tête
head, face
coup
blow, shot, kick, punch
écouter
to listen to
raison
reason
manger
to eat
amour
love, love affair, cupid
entrer
to go in, enter, come in
dont
whose, of which
nouveau
new, fresh
devenir
to become
hein
what?, eh?, Huh? (familiar)
commencer
to start, begin
merde
**** (vulgar), bull, crap, damn
moment
moment, while, point
voiture
car, coach, carriage
vieux
old; old man, old woman
demain
tomorrow
revoir
to see again, review; goodbye
elles
they (refers to a group of feminine nouns or females)
payer
to pay
fou
mad, crazy; madman, fool
tirer
to pull, draw
ouvrir
to open
oeil
eye, view (= œil) (plural is yeux)
fait
event, fact
changer
to change, exchange
question
question, matter
tomber
to fall
assez
enough, quite, fairly
foutre
(slang) to do, give, put on; (vulgar) to have sex, to masturbate
excuser
to forgive, pardon, excuse
affaire
affiar, business
dormir
to sleep; to lie idle
combien
how much, how many
frère
brother
travail
wor, labor, employment
idée
idea, opinion
eh
hey!
puis
next, then, besides, plus (in addition)
famille
family
truc
trick, knack, thing
trois
three
tant
much, so much
souvenir
memory, souvenir; to remember
ni
nor, or (negative)
tous
everything, all (plural)
occuper
to occupy, live in, take up
entre
between, among
ok
OK; okay (satisfactory)
marcher
to walk, march, go
chance
luck, fortune, chance
aujourd'hui
today, nowadays
envoyer
to send, throw, dispatch, refer
histoire
history, story
jeune
young, youthful; young person
tard
late
apprendre
to learn, to hear (about)
minute
minute
boire
to drink (consume alcohol), to soak up
garder
to keep, to look after, to guard
quelques
some (quantity), small number, a few
type
type, kind; guy (colloquial)
porte
gate, door
montrer
to show, point out
mec
guy, bloke
asseoir
to sit down, sit up
porter
to carry, wear
attention
attention
année
year
sous
under
prêt
ready
contre
against
prier
to pray
pendant
for, during
mois
month
meilleur
better; the best one
servir
to serve
madame
madam, Mrs
putain
whore, hooker
écrire
to write
part
part, share
eau
water
sang
blood
place
room, square, seat
espérer
to hope for
plein
full, solid
désoler
to distress, upset
eux
them, they
retrouver
to find; to meet
ville
town, city
terre
earth, ground
gagner
to win, earn
semaine
week
acheter
to buy
longtemps
long, for a long time
gars
boy, chap, guy (see #342)
chambre
bedroom, chamber
Hey! (to attract attention)
côté
coast, slope, side
droit
law, right; straight
rappeler
to remind, remember, call back, be reminiscent of
lire
to read
cas
case, instance
mot
word
seulement
only, solely
voici
here is, here are
monter
to go up, rise, come up
désolé
contrite, desolate, afraid, sorry
quitter
to leave, depart
police
police
suite
rest, result, continuation
matin
morning
emmener
to take (somebody), take along
toucher
to touch
continuer
to continue, go on
devant
in front, ahead; in front of, ahead of, past, before
fort
strong, solid; loud, much, most
gros
big, large, thick, heavy
enfin
finally, at last
pardon
I'm sorry!, Excuse me!, Pardon?; forgiveness
mari
husband
là-bas
there, over there
importer
to import; to matter
papa
daddy, dad
train
train, pace
manquer
to miss, to miss somebody
raconter
to tell
ensemble
together, at once
mauvais
bad, poor, wrong
film
film, movie
répondre
to answer, reply
garçon
boy, chap, guy (see #306)
chéri
darling, loved; boyfriend, girlfriend, beloved
corps
body
celui
the one, that one (singular masculine) (see #408, 543)
autres
other
heureux
happy, felicitous
loin
far, a long way off, a long time ago
aucun
no, not any; none (see #399)
pauvre
poor; poor person, beggar
sauver
to save
chaque
each, every
retourner
to turn, turn over, return (see #404)
leurs
theirs (3rd person masculine or feminine plural)
rencontrer
to meet, encounter
coeur
core, heart
voler
to flly; to steal, swipe
fermer
to close, shut
car
because, for (see #186)
valoir
to hold, apply; to be worth
descendre
to take down, go down, come down
feu
fire
docteur
doctor, physician (see #548)
suffire
to be enough, suffice
façon
way, manner, behaviour
important
important, considerable, sizeable
sembler
to seem, appear, look
super
great, fantastic; high-octane gasoline
compter
to count
vers
towards, near, around, about (time, age)
joli
nice, tidy, pretty (attractive), lovely (beautiful)
point
dot, full stop, period
noir
black; black man/woman
hier
yesterday
chien
dog
guerre
war
genre
kind, type, sort
marier
to marry, get married
arme
weapon
cause
cause, reason
endroit
place
ordre
order, command
poser
to put down, lay, pose, sit
reste
the remainder, rest
pied
foot; stem, leg, base
envie
desire, urge, craving
près
near
fin
end, ending
tiens
Why!, Hello! (surprise)
inquiéter
to worry, bother, trouble
d'autres
others; more
bouger
to move
plutôt
rather, quite
apporter
to bring, supply
photo
photo, photography
décider
to decide
ainsi
like this, in this way
certain
certain, sure
aucune
no, not any, in no way (see #349)
vendre
to sell
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