French Vocabulary

OH LA LA, FRENCH VOCABULARY!

Learn Proper French Vocabulary & Fun Everyday Slang

Learning French or any other language necessarily requires to memorize long lists of words and expressions. In this page, you will find fun videos to learn new French vocabulary and written posts that will help you speak French. Enjoy!


NICE FRENCH SLANG

Nice French Slang VocabularySALUT TOUT LE MONDE! One of you guys requested that I do a video on nice slang words. So I’ve tried to do just that and I’ve gathered a list of familiar words and expressions that should put you in a good frame of mind. At the same time, I’ll give you a few personal tips, MES ASTUCES PERSOS to keep your energy up, even when faced with adversity ! First familiar expression AVOIR LA PÊCHE, to be in good form, filled with energy ! And if you’d like to express the simple joy of being alive, you can say: JE KIFFE LA VIE !


FRENCH VERLAN

What is French slang LE VERLANHi guys !

Today I thought I’d teach you some fun French slang called LE VERLAN. Have you ever heard of it ? Basically LE VERLAN is the word L’ENVERS read backwards. VERS – L’EN. Got it ? Yes, LE VERLAN is a type of slang that consists in reading the syllables of a word backwards.

WTF ?!! Why do we do that ? Isn’t the French language difficult enough ? I can just hear you right now…


ENGLISH WORDS USED IN FRENCH

Learn English Words Used in FrenchBONJOUR ! J’AI UN SCOOP POUR VOUS AUJOURD’HUI ! 4% of French words are of English origin. And guess what… AUTRE SCOOP ? Two thirds of English words are actually of French origin. OH MY GOD. I’m being serious guys. I couldn’t believe it myself.

I have very good news for you guys who want to be able to communicate in French fast ! The French language actually uses a bunch of English words. Some French people are actually very worried that the English language is gonna take over LA LANGUE MOLIÈRE ! LE FRANÇAIS SERAIT-IL « HAS BEEN » ?


FRENCH SLANG: EXPRESS YOUR ANGER!

French Slang to Express AngerSALUT TOUT LE MONDE ! COMMENT ÇA VA ? BIEN ? MOYEN ? ÇA VA PAS DU TOUT ?!

If you’re feeling angry or frustrated, this is the lesson for you. And if you’re feeling good, stay with me here to learn French words and expressions that you can use when you’ve actually had it with it all. It’s important to know how to let it all out when needed. Or to understand someone’s frustration, maybe… Yeah, ok, sometimes you don’t wanna know, fine.


THE ENVIRONMENT

Learn French Environment VocabularySALUT LES AMIS !

AUJOURD’HUI, LE MESSAGE EST SIMPLE: RENDONS SA SPLENDEUR À LA PLANÈTE = Make the planet great again

This is what French President Emmanuel Macron said in response to President Trump’s leaving la COP21, the Paris agreement aimed at protecting the environment.

 


FRENCH HOLIDAYS VOCABULARY

Learn French Holiday VocabularyCOUCOU ! It’s summer time. Yeah ! I love the sun, the heat and of course, the holidays !!! VIVE LES VACANCES ! IL EST TEMPS DE PRENDRE LE LARGE, DE FAIRE UN BREAK !

Or maybe you’ve just got back from your holidays. It doesn’t matter, today we’re learning vocabulary related to LES VACANCES. We’re staying in that nice relaxing zone, learning all the vocabulary you need. And I’ll also share with you 3 of my favorite French spots. Vocabulary first.


LEARN 8 FRENCH POSITIVE SAYINGS

Learn 8 French Positive SayingsSALUT TOUT LE MONDE !

Today I thought I’d fight another preconceived idea about the French. They are said to have a bad temper, to be negative. Well, I’d like to show you that positive thinking does exist in France ! First we had Lorie, a young singer who had a hit called « LA POSITIVE ATTITUDE » a few years back. But even long before Lorie, we had positive sayings, DES DICTONS POSITIFS, in the French language itself. Here are a few of them to keep you in the right frame of mind !

L’ESPOIR FAIT VIVRE = Hope is what makes us live.


FRENCH LAUGHTER & “LE YOGA DU RIRE”

French Learning Video Blog on laughterSALUT! COMMENT ÇA VA? VOUS AVEZ PASSÉ UN BON WEEK-END? Let’s start the week in the most positive way, with laughter, RIONS! Do you know that laughing can actually boost the immune system, speed up a recovery and of course make your feel happier. And did you know that the body can’t make the difference between a real and a fake laugh?! Based on those various observations – among other things – Indian Doctor Madan Kataria founded Laugter yoga, LE YOGA DU RIRE. Now it’s spread over 100 countries, can you believe it! France is among those countries where people gather to do some cardio exercises and laugh! ,,,more


HOW TO EXPRESS CONCERN IN FRENCH

French learning Video blogSALUT! I guess we’re expressing our feelings in French this week. Yep. I thought that today we could learn how to express concern. Do you guys worry a lot? I tend to and I hate it! Working on it… So let’s learn the words and expressions you will need if you want to share your worries with the French world. 

UNE INQUIÉTUDE – a worry –   ÊTRE INQUIET / INQUIÈTE– to be worried

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HOW TO EXPRESS EXCITEMENT IN FRENCH

Soraya Garré's French learning Video blogBONJOUR À TOUS! Yesterday we complained a lot, today, let’s show a bit of gratitude and appreciation. 

ON MONTRE QU’ON EST CONTENT, MERDE! I’ll give you some new vocabulary and then I’ll test you on today and yesterday’s lessons. Let’s start with the vocabulary that will allow you to express excitement in French.

C’EST CANON! – That’s beautiful!  ÇA DÉCHIRE! – That’s awesome        …more


HOW TO COMPLAIN IN FRENCH

French learning Video blog, French expressionsSALUT! BON LUNDI À TOUS! Today we’re going to practice being very French and complaining about everything and nothing. It’s not even a secret anymore, the French love to complain! It’s actually healthy not to keep stuff rotting inside. Let it all out today and complain about whatever’s bothering you. Just for a few minutes guys, then I’d recommend switching to something more cheerful! For now, let’s have a look at a few familiar expressions:

CE PLAT EST TROP SALÉ – This dish is too salted.     …more

 


HOW TO SAY FUCK IN FRENCH
French learning video blog, French swear word putain

SALUT!

Today we’re going to be very sophisticated indeed scone, following a request I got from one of you guys, here’s a video on the swear word PUTAIN, that French actor Jean Dujardin so beautifully shouted when he got his Oscar a couple of years ago. We swear quite a bit in France, even on national TV. No biggie. That’s why every one of you French learners should know our French “fuck”, PUTAIN.   …more


HOW TO GIVE ADVICE IN FRENCH

French learning video on how to give adviceCOUCOU! J’ESPÈRE QUE VOUS PÉTEZ LA FORME AUJOURD’HUI! C’EST LE DÉBUT DE LA SEMAINE, MIEUX VAUT ÊTRE EN FORME! Do you guys know how to give advice in French? Well, I’d like to look into that right now. First of all, a piece of advice is UN CONSEIL.

VOUS AVEZ BESOIN DE CONSEILS? OU BIEN VOUS AVEZ PEUT-ÊTRE DES CONSEILS À DONNER AUX AUTRES, QUI SAIT?

DONNER DES CONSEILS – to give some advice …more


HOW TO SAY “BASTARD” IN FRENCH

Learn French swear word CON
SALUT! 
You guys seem to particularly like it when I teach you swear words and other edgy stuff like that, so today, I thought I’d teach you a very common, very familiar word, the word “CON” or CONNE in its feminine form.

UN CON or UNE CONNE is often used as an insult and it means “bastard” or “stupid idiot”. We use it when someone has done or said something stupid. Let’s look at a couple of examples:

T’ES VRAIMENT CON TOI, POURQUOI TU LUI PARLES COMME À DE LA MERDE? …more


HOW TO MEMORIZE FRENCH VOCABULARY

French actress Soraya Garré's Video blog

This video will give you some ideas to help you memorize your French vocabulary. Useful tips included so that you make progress and seriously learn French!

The key to learning French is consistency. You gotta stay on it and keep up your knowledge of the language – however big or tiny it may be – on a daily basis ideally. It’s all about repetition, hearing the same thing over and over again.

It’s also important to vary the material you’re using to learn the language…


SWEAR WORD “MERDE”

how to say shit in frenchHey guys! I was just thinking that I’ve been teaching you very proper French for the most part so far. How about we go a bit funky today and learn some bad ass words. Well, just swear words. Let’s do it!

 Which bad French words do you guys know? You may have heard MERDE before. It means sHIT! It’s actually the first word you learn when watch


HOW TO TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER IN FRENCH

French vocabulary about the weatherCOUCOU!IL FAIT QUEL TEMPS AUJOURD’HUI? – What’s the weather like today ?Ah the weather… Thankfully we got the weather to talk about whenever we can’t find anything else to say. Great topic when you wanna improve your proficiency in a foreign language. Plus, with global warming , LE RÉCHAUFFEMENT DE LA PLANETE, not getting any better, the weather should remain a hot “small talk” topic for a long time.  

SUMMER HEAT VOCABULARY… OH LA LA!

French Learning Video Blog, June 22, on French summer heatSALUT LES AMIS! VOUS AVEZ BIEN RENDU HOMMAGE À VOTRE PAPA HIER, J’ESPÈRE! ET PUIS HIER, C’ÉTAIT AUSSI LE PREMIER JOUR DE L’ÉTÉ! ET ICI EN FRANCE, C’ÉTAIT AUSSI LA FÊTE DE LA MUSIQUE! The music festival. For those of you who don’t know about the French music festival, it takes place every year on June 21st, and on that day, hundreds of concerts are organized all over the country. Isn’t that a great way to start the summer? Music and dance, let’s set the tone for a fun hot summer! L’ÉTÉ VA ÊTRE CHAUD CHAUD CHAUD!!! SORTEZ VOS ÉVENTAILS…

 


Faux Amis: French vocabulary Lesson

French Learning Video Blog, June 17, on French faux amis

SALUT! COMMENT ÇA VA? VOICI VOTRE VIDÉO DU MERCREDI, SUR LES FAUX AMIS… Literally, fake friends. I hope you only have linguistic ones in your life because real life ones suck! Let’s stick to words here. What are linguistic faux amis? They are French words that look like English words, but actually mean something totally different! The list of faux amis is long, but I’ve made a short selection of a few common ones for you.First of all guys, don’t ask anyone in a grocery store or a supermarket if such or such product contains preservatives because they may look at you strangely or just burst into laughter.


HOW TO SPEAK FRANGLAIS

Oh la la I Speak French Video Blog on le franglaisCOUCOU! I was walk ing in the streets of Paris the other day, and I don’t know if it’s just me but I kept hearing French people using English words like crazy. A lot more than before, I feel. Anyway, I thought I’d share with you some of the English words you can use, that will make you feel closer to home when traveling in France. First, we have a few English words we’ve been using forever…

 

 


HOW TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF IN FRENCH
Soraya Garre's French Video Blog, Jan 19th

COUCOU! COMMENT CA VA? J’ESPÈRE QUE VOUS AVEZ PASSÉ UN SUPER WEEK-END! And if, like me, you’re in America, HAPPY MARTIN LUTHER KING’S DAY !

The other day I mentioned how important it is to practice your French as often as possible, engaging in one small talk or another. So this week I’m gonna give you some vocabulary to help you engage conversations in French. Each day this week, we’ll focus on a different “small talk” topic. Today, we’ll go over how to introduce oneself, SE PRÉSENTER.   …more


FRENCH FOOD VOCABULARY

French food vocabularySALUT! J’ESPÈRE QUE TOUT LE MONDE VA BIEN AUJOURD’HUI! Yesterday we talked about eating healthy, well, today I’d like to stay on food, LA NOURRITURE, and give you some more vocabulary related to that. I’ll include slang words that are commonly used in France, and in the second part of this video, you can practice the new words you’ve learned thanks to a little guessing game. All EN FRANÇAIS, S’IL VOUS PLAÎT! 

LA NOURRITURE/ LA BOUFFE – food (slang) / MANGER/BOUFFER – to eat  …more


THE SUPERBOWL & FRENCH SPORTS

French sports

In this video, learn French vocabulary related to sports in general, and more specifically, practise talking about the Super Bowl, in French!

By the way, in French, football is LE FOOTBALL AMÉRICAIN and soccer is LE FOOTBALL. And to play soccer will be JOUER AU FOOT or FAIRE DU FOOT. The verbs JOUER and FAIRE are generally used to refer to sports, but the prepositions used with one verb and the other are different. FAIRE DU or DE LA or DE L’ but JOUER AU or À LA or À L’…

 


FRENCH HAUTE COUTURE & CLOTHES VOCABULARY

Soraya Garre's French video blog

Whenever you can learn French and have fun, go for it. This is a French lesson that teaches you the vocabulary you need to talk about French haute couture and clothing. Learn the words and expressions you need to speak French and mingle with people in the French fashion world.

 

 

 


FRENCH WORDS OF ARABIC ORIGINS

Learn French words of Arabic origins: SmalaFrance is a cosmopolitan country, languages are alive, and people travel! Nothing new so far. But are you aware that the French use quite a few words of Arabic origins? Here are a few for you to memorize as they happen to be widely used. Please note that this list is far from being exhaustive and is limited to familiar expressions that are commonly used in everyday French.

la smala = the family  …more

 


FUN FRENCH FAMILIAR PHRASES

Oh La La, I Speak FrenchIt happens to all of us… We say silly things sometimes and our dear friends having our best interest at heart will tell us when that happens. And you can do the same… in French. Here is a list of very common and very familiar expressions.

Tu délires! = You’re out of it! / Tu déconnes! = You’re kidding!

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LA MÉTÉO: FRENCH WEATHER FORECAST

Learn French weather forecastThe British are known to talk about the weather a lot. Well, the French may talk about it less, but it’s still a good topic to use to practice your French! Plus, it might come in handy to understand the weather forecast if you happen to turn the TV on in your hotel room and come across one of our delightful weather forecast presenters.

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FRENCH SLANG WORDS & “PROPER” EQUIVALENTS

French expression, Etre Vert

You may already have noticed, especially if you’ve spent some time in France, that some French words can have a double meaning depending on the level of language they’re used in. Those words have a “proper”  or “official” meaning, and they have a different one when used as slang words. Here are 10 examples of words that are pretty widely used in the language.

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THE MOSALINGUA APP: FRENCH VOCABULARY

MosaLingua French vocabulary App

 

We all know how tedious memorizing lists of vocabulary can be, and how crucial too, when learning a foreign language! Words and expressions are what first allow you to communicate with people – the grammar can wait! I came across a fun vocabulary app the other day that I thought you may like to check out. It’s called MOSALINGUA! …more


THE DOUBLE MEANING OF FRUIT IN FRENCH

learn double meaning of french fruit

Have you already memorized the French vocabulary related to fruit? If you have, great, let’s crank it up a notch! If you haven’t, no worries, have a look at what follows anyway if you’re in the mood for a little challenge! In French, even the words we use to designate some fruit can be deceiving… Here’s a list of 10 different sorts of fruit that can have a different meaning depending on the context. … more


LEARN FRENCH USING HOMONYMS

Homonymes

Que sont les homonymes? (What are homonyms?) For French learners, homonyms are trouble-makers! They are words that sound the same but have a different meaning and spelling. Confusing? As you slowly enlarge your vocabulary, you’ll see that they won’t be that much of a problem . The context will often give you the meaning of the word, and you’ll  recognize the spelling more and more easily as you get familiar with the language.     …more


AMELIE-LES-CRAYONS: ELIZABETH French vocabulary: Clothes!

(A Chez-Esse Neomme Production)

 


HOW TO FLIRT IN FRENCH

French flirt vocabularyWatch this video and learn all the French vocabulary related to flirting (la drague).

 

 

 

 


LEARN FRENCH USING SYNONYMS

French vocabulary: synonymsTime to enrich your French vocabulary!

When you learn a new word or expression, it is always a good idea to explore it a little bit, to try to find out if it has a little twin hiding somewhere… In order words, does it have a synonym, a word that has the same meaning?

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LEARN FRENCH USING ANTONYMS

AntonymesOne major task when learning a foreign language is to keep enriching one’s vocabulary. The traditional method is to learn list of words thematically. It does get tedious, but it’s hard not to go through this process. But how about adding a little research game. When learning a new word, check if you know its antonym (word with the opposite meaning). Example: ‘noir’ vs ‘blanc’; ‘enseigner’ vs ‘apprendre’; ‘courir’ vs ‘marcher’; ‘être debout’ vs ‘être assis(e)’. …more

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