The Most Important French Words for Tourists

Vocabulary 

When you arrive to France there are some words that you will need to feel more at ease. In this lesson you will find a list of the most basic albeit essential French travel words with translation and example sentences. If you really want to learn these words you must do the interactive exercises that follow this lesson below the vocabulary table. 

 

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At The University: Looking For A Room

5 Minutes of French is a nice and short French lesson that can be done under 5 minutes. Its purpose is to make the French language learning fast and effective. The 5 minutes of French covers only the most useful and pragmatic vocabulary, grammar and everyday French expressions significant to any beginner of intermediate learner of French. Now you have no excuse not to learn French !

Dialogue

A l'université: demander des renseignements

– Bonjour. Excuse-moi. Je suis nouveau ici. Où se trouve la salle numéro 215 ?

– Elle est au premier étage, au fond du couloir.

– Merci. 

– De rien

Exercises

 

French Vocabulary to Study in France 1

Sorbonne University, Paris

If you want to study in France as an international student, you will need to know some specific words and expressions related to schooluniversity and education in general.

You will find these useful whether you are on a study abroad French language program or just as a regular student at the French University or Grande Ecole. Here is the first part in the series related to studying in France

Study in France Vocabulary 

  French English
1 to enrol in a university s'inscrire dans une université
2 enrolment l'inscription (fem.)
3 a student card une carte d'étudiant
4 an undergraduate un(e) étudiant(e) de premier cycle
5 a fresher / a freshman un(e) étudiant(e) de première année
6 a postgraduate student un(e) étudiant(e) de troisième cycle
7 the academic year l'année universitaire (fem.)
8 a lecture une conférence
9 a lecture hall un amphitéâtre / un amphi (famlier)
10 a B.A. degree une licence de lettres

Exercises

Exercise 1: easy

Part 1: 

 

Part 2: 

Exercise 2: 

This year I'm going to enrol to the French university.
The enrolment to the university has been closed.
Do you have a student card ?
I'm an undergraduate student.
Lots of freshmen students are of foreign origin.
The postgraduate students are few.
The academic year has just begun.
It was a really interesting lecture.
All lectures are held in the lecture hall F.
I have a B.A in Modern Literature.

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10 Great Formal French Words to Amaze Your French Friends

Interesting Formal French Words

Here are some very common French words that are used in everyday speech and which you can express in a more formal way, giving a touch of “sophistication” to your language.

The truth is that you may become fed up with using the same words all the time. With these words you will bring your knowledge of French to the next level and surprise your French friends.

Even if you are a beginner, you will learn here some basic but essential French vocabulary that you will certainly find useful in everyday conversations. You come back later to learn their more advanced synonymes. 

Common French Words

with their Formal Synonyms

Basic French Word

Sophisticated French Synonym

Part of speech

English

Context

1. obsession

hantise

noun (fem)

obsession, obsessive fear

Avoir la hantise de la mort.

2. fatiguer

éreinter

verb

to exhaust, to wear somebody out

Ce chef d’entreprise éreinte tous ses employés.

3. extrêmement fatigué

exténué, éreinté

adjective

exhausted, worn out

Monter en haut de la Tour Eiffel m'a exténué.

4. drôle

hilarant

adjective

hilarious

Ce qui s’est passé était hilarant !

5. déplacé

incongrue

adjective

incongruous, out of place

Sa réponse a été complètement incongrue !

6. paresseux

indolent

adjective

indolent, lazy

Il est trop indolent pour réussir dans la vie.

7. ennuyeux

fastidieux

adjective

tedious, boring

Apprendre une leçon par coeur est très fastidieux.

8. voler

dérober

verb

to steal, to rob

On lui a dérobé son portefeuille.

9. cher

onéreux

adjective

expensive

C’est un achat très onéreux.

10. choquer

abasourdir

verb

to stun, to dumbfound

La nouvelle de son décès nous a abasourdis.

 

Exercises

Exercise 1:

 

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French Vocabulary: Les vacances à la plage

Summer is here and this year you may be heading for France for holidays. Here is the first list of the common French words (with exercises) that you will need while at the beach in France

Vocabulary with audio: 

French 

English

1. bronzer 

1. to tan / to get tan / to sun

2. nager 

2. to swim

3. plonger 

3. to dive, to plunge.

4. faire la planche 

4. to float (lit. to do a board)

5. un coup de soleil 

5. sunburn

6. l’ombre 

6. shade

7. les lunettes de soleil 

7. the sunglasses

8. les vagues 

8. waves

9. le sable 

9. the sand

10. un matelas gonflable 

10. an inflatable mattress

les-vacances

Exercises

Exercise 1: 

Exercise 2 A: 

Exercise 2 B: