How Good Is Your French, Really?

EDUCATION

By: Isadora Teich

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Bonjour! Do you know the ins and outs of the language of love? This Romance language, meaning that it comes from the Latin spoken by ancient Romans and not that it's Cupid's favorite, has a longstanding artistic reputation. Before English was the international language most commonly used, it was French. In fact, until about World War I, all the royals of Europe spoke French to each other as a symbol of their status. 

For centuries, Paris was the cultural capital of the western world, a center of art, science, business, fashion and more. A large chunk of the west took its cues from the city when it came to trends and more for hundreds of years. Today, French one of the most spoken languages on earth. It is spoken all around the world by hundreds of millions of people. It's an official language in Canada, numerous African countries and several countries within the EU.  

It's also THE language to use in the culinary world. Think of how many high culinary achievements just happen to have French names!

The French language can be tricky for native English speakers, as its full of accents, pronunciations and sounds that are just not a part of English. Do you think you have mastered the language of love? Then get ready to get romantic with this French-language quiz! 

Bonjour.

This means hello. It's a widely used greeting.

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Je suis désolé.

Knowing how to apologize is key in any language. This French apology is used in more serious situations mostly. If a woman is writing the apology, it becomes "Je suis désolée."

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Bonsoir.

While "bonjour" means hello, it literally means "good day." Opt for "bonsoir" or "good evening" when the time is right.

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Le dîner

This means "supper" or "dinner" in French. It is also one of the words for lunch, along with "le lunch" and "le déjeuner."

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Je m'appelle ...

This is how to introduce yourself in French. It literally translates to "I call myself ..."

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Ma femme

This means "my wife." "Mon mari" is "my husband."

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L'amour

"L'amour" is French for "love." Many English speakers know this famous French word.

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C’est combien?

If you love to shop, then you will need this phrase on hand. It is one way to ask how much something costs.

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Comment t'appelles-tu?

This is the informal way of asking someone's name. Remember, "tu" is the informal you, which it is polite to use with those of your own age and those you know already.

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De rien.

If someone thanks you in French, there are two ways to say "You're welcome." You can say "Je vous en prie" or the more casual "De rien."

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Je ne comprends pas.

This is a great phrase for those who are just beginning to learn French. People may use words beyond your vocabulary or too quickly, and you may have to let them know.

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Le sel

"Le sel" means "the salt." Pepper is "le poivre."

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Santé!

This means "Cheers" or "To your health" and is used as a toast while drinking. You can also say "À la tienne!" You can also say this when someone sneezes.

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Où sont les toilettes?

This is one of the most important phrases to know in any language. Keep it on hand, travelers.

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Arrêtez!

If you need someone or something to stop, this is how you say it. This can be another valuable phrase for emergency situations.

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La plage

This is French for "beach." If you are looking for it, ask "Où sont la plage?"

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Adieu

This French goodbye is actually grave and highly formal. Unless you know you will never see someone again, you may want to opt for the more casual "Salut!" or "À la prochaine."

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Pourquoi pas?

"Pourquoi" is French for why. This is one of the many questions that can be asked in French.

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La pomme

"La pomme" means "the apple" in French. An apple tree is "le pommier."

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L’addition, s’il vous plaît.

The majority of travelers dine out often. This is how you ask for the check.

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Merci.

This is how to thank someone. You can also say "merci beaucoup," which means "thanks a lot."

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Où sont les urgences?

In case of an emergency, you may need to go to the emergency room. If you have a less severe problem and need to get aspirin from the pharmacy for example, ask where it is by saying "Où est la pharmacie?"

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J’ai une douleur ici.

In a moment of stress or pain, you may have a hard time remembering all of the French body parts. In that case, just tell doctors that you have pain in a spot and point to it.

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Le chat

"Cat" is "Chat" in French. "The kitten" is "le chaton."

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Quoi de neuf?

This greeting is an excellent way to get a conversation started. It literally means "what's new?"

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Le chien

"Le chien" is French for "dog." The word for "puppy" is "le chiot."

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Je ne sais pas.

Whether you are a newbie at French or an expert speaker, we all get a little lost from time to time. This is how you let people know that you don't know something.

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Ça va?

"Ça va?" is a way to informally greet another person and ask them how it's going. The answer to this question is almost always "Ça va," meaning, "It's going."

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Peut-être

"Oui" is "yes" and "non" is "no." "Peut-être" means "maybe."

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Je t'aime.

This is one of the most romantic phrases in the famous language of love. You can also opt for "Je t'adore."

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Va t'en!

If you need someone to get away from you, you can use this phrase. Shout it loudly if you need to.

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Bon anniversaire!

This is how you wish someone a happy birthday in French. You can also opt for Joyeux anniversaire.

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Ouais

"Ouais" is slang for "oui," which means "yes." It's the French equivalent of "yeah."

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Allons-y!

Allons-y is a great one for tourists to know. After all, you will be going everywhere!

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Ma mère

This is French for "my mother." "My father" is "le père."

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