Can We Guess What % French You Are?

By: Ashley Linkletter

Can We Guess What % French You Are?
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About This Quiz

Bonjour, enchantée! (Hello, nice to meet you!) How are your French-speaking skills doing lately? If you're one of the 7.2 million Canadians who call French their first language, your skills are likely to be "parfait" — there's no need for improvement! On the other hand, if you grew up speaking English at home (like 56% of the Canadian population) then it's highly likely that your French-speaking abilities might be "pas génial" (not great.) Even if you struggle with the French language, you still might have a love of French culture — from food to literature to the arts, the French lifestyle has plenty to celebrate. 

Whether you're fluent in French or have no prior knowledge of the language or culture, there's definitely at least a small part of you that's French and just waiting to be discovered. Some of the questions in this quiz will ask you about beginner to intermediate French vocabulary words and phrases while others will want to know your opinion on different aspects of French culture. If you're not sure about the meaning of certain words, "Ne t'inquiète pas" (don't worry) — you'll learn something new!

This quiz pairs well with a bottle of mineral water, a crusty baguette and a piece of French cheese — the stinkier the better! — if you have some Celine Dion or Roch Voisine to play in the background, you're already more French than you might think.


Friends eating croissants Tell us a little bit about your French education — how did you learn French?
I grew up speaking French at home.
I took an adult French immersion program last summer.
I took French in elementary school.
I took French up until grade 9.

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Baking ingredients You're making a recipe and it calls for a cup of "framboises." Do you know what this is?
I think it's asking for some kind of berry.
A cup of strawberries
I have no idea.
Definitely raspberries!

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Baking recipe If you have an allergy to nuts, what word should you always keep watch out for when reading ingredient lists?
Une banane
Les noix
I wouldn't trust myself to read the ingredients in French.
Les nuts

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Teacher with students You may have had a teacher yell "Écouter!" when they wanted the class to pay attention. What were they telling you to do?
To start yelling louder
To listen
To stop talking
To stop moving

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Computer lab You'll need to know what the verb "télécharger" means if you plan on taking a computer class in French. Can you guess what it means?
To copy a file
To use a mouse
To telephone
To download

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legumes and vegan food It's important to eat your "légumes" if you want to stay healthy. Do you know what these are?
Legumes
Beans
Salad
Vegetables

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Black Coffee When you order coffee, you always like to have it black. How do you say "black coffee" in French?
Le black coffee
Les boissons
Le café nature
Le café noir

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eating chocolate bar Lucky you! Someone just gave you a "tablette de chocolat." What did you just receive?
A piece of chocolate
A chocolate bar
A chocolate tablet
Something to do with chocolate

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Cheese shop The province of Quebec is renowned for its incredible cheeses — what is your favourite type of cheese?
Kraft singles
Cheddar
Chèvre
Oka Classique

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Montreal Christmas In your opinion, which of the following winter holidays is the most memorable?
Carnaval
Hanukkah
Christmas
New Year's Eve

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Quebec lake What would you guess "la lac" means in English?
I don't think I've ever seen that word before.
I know it's a feminine noun.
The pond
The lake

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The Beach "La plage" is where many people like to go on vacation. Can you think of what it is?
The place
The beach
The ocean
The all-inclusive resort

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Conductor and orchestra Do you consider yourself a fan of "musique classique"?
I don't understand the question.
Yes, I love classical music.
No, but I know what the question is asking.
I like music, but I don't know which genre this question is asking me about.

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Hug tree In the spirit of Arbor Day, what do you think the English translation of the word "arbre" is?
Maple tree
Plant
I'm not sure.
Tree

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Mountain How do you say the word "mountain" en français?
Alps
Montagne
Rocky Mountains
La mountain

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Saxophonist Your friend takes you to see a famous jazz musician who plays "le saxophone" — what kind of instrument are they playing?
Is this a trick question?
Obviously it means saxophone.
Saxophone
Seriously?

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Festival crowd Quebec is home to the annual Festival d'été de Québec, an example of one of Canada's many fabulous "festivals de musique." Can you guess what this phrase means in English?
Bonnaroo
Summer concert
Music festival
Summer music festival

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Listen to radio In Quebec, CBC Radio is known as Radio-Canada — do you know the full name of the French-language division?
Radio-Canada One
la Société Radio-Canada
Ici Musique
French CBC

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Woman at airport Can you guess what the French verb "voyager" might mean in English?
To take a vacation
To voyage
To travel
Voyager? As in Star Trek?

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Woman at airport If you get lost, you'll definitely need a "carte" — what should you always have when you travel?
A plan
A cellphone
A GPS
A map

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Business meeting This quiz might inspire you to become an "interprète" — which career path is the question referring to?
Lawyer
Interpreter
Translator
Teacher

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Pack suitcase Going on a trip? Time to get out your "valise" and start packing. What does this word mean?
Valet parking tickets
Tote bag
Suitcase
Duffel bag

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Bread at bakery Your French friend invites you to visit the new "boulangerie" in town, where are you going?
To the bowling alley
To the grocery store
To the deli
To the bakery

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Woman reading Is French a language you enjoy reading?
No
Sometimes I'll read the French side of the packaging when I'm heating up a microwave dinner.
I challenge myself to read a French-language copy of "Métro" when I can get my hands on one.
I'm currently working my way through all seven volumes of Proust's "In Search of Lost Time" in the original French.

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Grocery store Where should you go if your cupboards and fridge are looking bare?
La banque
Le supermarché
Le fleuriste
Le cabinet dentaire

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Macaroons If you were stranded on a desert island with only two types of food, what would they be?
Granola bars and Haribo
Steak et frites
Macaron and cookies
Camembert and baguettes

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Mineral water In France, "l'eau minérale" is a very popular beverage. Can you guess what type of drink this is?
Mineral water
Water
Seltzer water
Milk

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Ducks Do you know what "le canard" means in English?
Canard
Duck
A rumour
Bird

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Rabbits It's common to see "le lapin" during Easter (or if you have one for a pet.) What kind of animal is the question asking about?
Guinea pig
Hamster
Rabbit
Definitely a rabbit

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Butter on toast Do you enjoy spreading your toast with "le beurre" or "le beurre de cacahuètes"?
I like both.
I think "beurre" means butter, so I'll go with that.
I don't understand the question.
Some mornings I like butter, some mornings I like peanut butter.

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