Can You Pass This 6-Minute French Phrases Drill Without Any Mistakes?



By: Isadora Teich

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About This Quiz

Do you think you have that certain je ne sais quois? The French language can be tricky for those who did not grow up speaking it. This Romance language is different from English in so many ways. From the pronunciation to the accents and phrases to the grammar and quirky sayings, a lot can get lost in translation. However, this is nothing for a true Francophile.  

A Francophile is someone who feels a strong connection to, or appreciation for, the French language and culture. French language and culture have become synonymous around the world with class, style, flair and sophistication. Around the world, French taste is considered highly prized. 

It can be fun to stretch your brain by putting those language skills to the test. French is a famous and challenging language that's beautiful when you get it right. Even potatoes have an artistic sounding name in the French language. 

Do you think you can handle this difficile six-minute French language drill without making a single mistake? Are you up for the challenge of doing the linguistic tango with the language of love? If you think you are ready, it's time to put your brain to the ultimate French test with this six-minute quiz! 

Je t'aime.

This is one of the most famous phrases in any language. "Je t'aime" means "I love you."


Il est beau.

"Belle" means "beautiful" in French. "Beau" is the masculine version of "belle."


S'il vous plaît.

This means "please." It literally translates to "if you please."


Je veux dormir.

"Je veux" is the conjugated form of the verb "vouloir," meaning "to want." "Dormir," meaning "to sleep," is left in its infinitive form.


La robe est bleue.

This is how one would express "The dress is blue" in French. Note that the genders of the article and the color match - both are feminine.


Je parle un peu français.

This is an important one to remember if you are traveling in Francophone countries. "Francophone" means "French-speaking."


Elle est fatiguée.

"Elle" is the French pronoun for "she." Note that the gender is consistent throughout this sentence.


Je ne mange pas de viande.

"Manger" is "to eat" in French. "La viande" is "meat."


J'ai trente-sept ans.

This sentence literally translates to "I have 37 years." "J'ai ______ ans." is how to express your age.


Mon chien est blanc.

This is French for "My dog is white." Note that the pronoun, article and adjective are all masculine.


Je ne sais pas.

"Ne....pas" negates whatever it is wrapped around. This phrase means "I don't know."


Ils sont mariés.

"Ils" is a general French term for "they," which can apply to groups of males and mixed gender groups. Note that "married" matches this word as a plural masculine word.


J'adore la nourriture italienne.

"J'adore" means "I love." "Italian food is "la nourriture italienne."


Il est très grand.

"Grand" is a French word meaning "tall." "Est" is a conjugated form of the verb "être," meaning "to be."


Nous sommes allés à la plage.

This sentence makes use of past tense verb conjugation. While in English "we are going" becomes " we went," In French "nous allons" becomes "nous sommes allés."


Il parle coréen.

While language names, like French, are capitalized in English, they are not capitalized en français. "Korean" is "coréen" in French.


Les étudiants vivent ici.

This phrase means "students live here." Because of French grammar, whether this is a group of mixed gender or all male students would depend on context.


J'ai acheté des pommes et du pain.

This literally translates to "I have bought apples and bread." Unconjugated, "acheter" means "to buy."


Où est l'église?

There are several ways to ask questions in French and be grammatically correct and understood. Here the question word for "where" signals a question.


Je n'aime pas lire.

Here the verb "aimer," meaning "to like," is conjugated and negated, while the verb "lire," meaning "to read," is left alone. English grammar is similar here.


Leurs chaussures sont rouges.

Number agreement features heavily in this sentence, as all words are plural. One thing to remember is that both feminine and masculine nouns take on masculine endings when they are plural.


Mangez-vous de la nourriture thaïlandaise?

This phrase makes use of inversion to ask a question. It also uses "vous," the formal French "you" used with strangers and superiors.


Il a deux fils.

"Le fils" is French for "son." This man has two sons, so he is a father.


La femme boit du café.

"La femme" is "the woman." "Boit du café" means "drinks coffee."


Aimes-tu danser?

Inversion is used in this phrase to create a question. There are several grammatically correct ways to ask questions in French.


Il pleut aujourd'hui.

In French, "he" and "it" both share the pronoun "il." This phrase means "It's raining today."


Cette chanson est forte.

"La chanson" is French for "song." It is a feminine noun, and "cette" and "forte" agree with it.


Elle mange du gâteau au chocolat.

"Elle mange" can be translated to "she is eating" or "she eats." This is a present tense conjugation of the verb "manger."


Je ne cours pas vite.

This statement means "I don't run quickly." "Vite" means "quickly."


Combien de poires avez-vous?

Question words are key in French. Literally translated, this reads, "How many of pears have you?"


Les enfants ont faim.

This means "The children are hungry." "Avoir faim" is the French expression used to denote hunger.


Je peux nager.

This is French for "I can swim." "I can't swim" would be "Je ne peux pas nager."


Mon stylo est jaune.

This is French for "My pen is yellow." "Le stylo" is pen.


L'été est là!

"L'été" means summer. The accents make the "e" sounds more like "ay."


Où est-elle?

This question makes use of inversion. Note the common French question word.


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