Can You Ace This French Noun Gender Quiz?

By: Isadora Teich
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Can You Ace This French Noun Gender Quiz?
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About This Quiz

Think you can parlez with the best of them? For centuries French was the language of European high society and an international language of art, science and intellectual pursuits. Today it is known as the language of love, but for non-French speakers, it can be incredibly tricky. It's grammar, pronunciation, verb tenses, and use of accents can really throw English speakers for a loop. 

One very significant way that French differs from English is in its nouns. French is a Romance language, meaning that it descends from Latin. Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian and French are the most commonly spoken Romance languages on earth, and they all share a certain quirk. In all of these languages, nouns are gendered. Depending on the language, there might be 2 or even 3 genders.  

In French, nouns can be either masculine or feminine, and it is not always clear which noun is which, which can make it easy for beginner French speakers to slip up. Sometimes, changing the gender of a noun can change the meaning of a word entirely!  

If you think your French grammar is parfait and you know your masculine nouns from your feminine nouns, they try your hand at this quiz! Bonne chance! 

____ Bouche
Le
La
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This body part is a feminine noun. La bouche means "the mouth."

_____ Maison
Le
La
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La Maison is a feminine noun. It is French for house.

______ Table
La
Le
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This is French for table. It is a feminine noun.

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____ Fromage
Le
La
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Le fromage is french for "the cheese." It is a masculine noun.

____ Chemise
Le
La
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La chemise means "the shirt." It is a feminine noun.

_____ Pain
Le
La
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Le pain is French for "the bread." It is a masculine noun.

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___ Dîner
La
Le
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Le dîner means "dinner" in French. It is a masculine noun.

__ Frère
Un
Une
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This noun means brother. It is a masculine noun.

___ Cœur
Le
La
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This masculine noun is French for "the heart." It is pronounced "cuhrr."

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___ Gare
La
Le
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La gare refers to the train station. It is a feminine noun important for travelers to know.

____ Stylo
La
Le
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Le stylo means "the pen." It is a masculine noun.

_____ Vie
Le
La
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"La Vie" means life or existence. It is a feminine noun.

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___ Mer
Le
La
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La mer means "the sea" in French. It is a feminine noun.

_____ Pomme
La
Le
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La pomme is French for "the apple." This is a feminine noun.

_______ Femme
Un
Une
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Une Femme means "a woman." This feminine word also means wife.

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____ Magasin
Le
La
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Le magasin is French for "the store." Be sure to pronounce the "s" in this masculine noun as a "z" to make it sound more authentically French.

_____ Jour
Le
La
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This is a masculine noun. It means day or daytime.

_____ Ami
Un
Une
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If you have "un ami" then you have a friend. This noun is masculine.

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______ Tête
Le
La
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La tête means the face or head in French. It is a feminine noun.

____ Amour
Le
La
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In French, love is a masculine noun. Since it starts with a vowel, it is written and pronounced "L'amour."

___ Ville
Le
La
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La ville means city or town. It is a feminine noun.

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_______ Cahier
Le
La
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Le cahier is a masculine noun. It means "the notebook."

___ Matin
Le
La
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Le matin means "the morning" in French. It's a masculine noun.

____ Printemps
Le
La
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La Printemps means spring in French. It is a masculine noun.

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____ Chambre
La
Le
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La chambre refers to the bedroom. It is a feminine noun.

____ Parapluie
Un
Une
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Un parapluie means "an umbrella." It is a masculine noun.

____ Homme
Un
Une
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Un homme means "a man." This noun is masculine

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____ Bateau
Le
La
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Le bateau means "the boat." It is a masculine noun.

___ Portefeuille
Un
Une
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Un portefeuille means "a wallet" in French. It is a masculine noun.

__ Beurre
Le
La
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Le beurre means "the butter" in French. It is a masculine noun.

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_____ Bras
Le
La
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This masculine noun is French for "arms." Don't pronounce the "s" at the end for a proper sound.

___ Jardin
Le
La
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Le jardin is French for "the garden." It is a masculine noun.

___ Rue
Le
La
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La rue is French for "the street." It is a feminine noun.

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_____ Monde
Le
La
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This noun is masculine. It can be used to refer to the world or all the world's people.

_____ Manteau
Le
La
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Le manteau means "the coat." It is a masculine noun.

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