Do You Know the Meaning of These Simple French Words?

By: Kennita Leon

Do You Know the Meaning of These Simple French Words?
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About This Quiz

French is a Romance language that is historically spoken in Belgium and of course, France. And because of France's conquests, variations of the language (Creole) is spoken in countries like Haiti, St. Lucia and Dominica. It is the official language of more than 25 countries and is considered difficult to learn because of its pronunciation. But you don't necessarily need to know how to correctly pronounce it to know what the written words mean. And that's what we're trying to test today. Just how many of these French words do you know the meanings of?

We're going to give you hints as to what these words could be and it'll be your job to guess their meanings in English. Do you know what the French words jaune, voiture, frere and soleil mean? If you don't, then we're not sure how well you'll do on this quiz. So do your best and if you get 11 correct, we'll be really proud. 

It's time to test your knowledge of these French words. Will you be ready to visit Paris by the end, or will you need to be sent back to French 101? Let's find out. 

A word that speaks of a particular amount of time, what does "semaine" mean?
Clean
Game
Week
Semaine is a French word which means "week" in English. It is about the days of the week and is derived from the Latin word septimāna which also means "week."
Number

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What does the French adjective "petit" mean?
Wine
Sister
Small
Petit is a masculine word which means "small" in English and can be used to describe something that is considered to be small or minor. "Petite" is feminine and is used to describe someone who is small in size.
River

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It closely resembles its English meaning. What does "difficile" mean?
Different
Difficult
Difficile- pronounced as ‘difisil" means "difficult." This adjective is used to describe someone who is hard to please or something that is strenuous, causes problems or requires much effort.
Diffuser
Diffract

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Which negative adjective does "mauvais" represent?
Boastful
Boring
Bossy
Bad
Mauvais means "bad" in English. It can be used in several ways, such as about an unpleasant experience, something of poor quality or someone with ill intentions.

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"Boeuf" is a kind of meat, but which kind?
Lamb
Chicken
Fish
Beef
Boeuf is the French translation of the English word- beef. It is used to discuss the meat itself and the various dishes that it is incorporated into.

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Which day of the week is "Mardi"?
Saturday
Friday
Sunday
Tuesday
Mardi is a masculine French noun which "means" Tuesday- the second day of the week. When used in a sentence, it follows the French rule and is not capitalized.

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A body part one uses to walk, what does "jambe" mean?
Chest
Leg
Jambe refers to a part of the body- the leg. In a sentence, reflexive verbs are used to talk about parts of the body, for example, "Je me suis cassé la jambe" means "I broke my leg."
Elbow
Hand

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Which of these occupations is a "cuisinier"?
Businessman
Lawyer
Nurse
Cook
Cuisiner translates to "to cook," and is used informally to mean "to grill." This verb is conjugated with avoir and used accordingly in a sentence.

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A way of showing affection, what does "bisou" mean?
Kick
Hug
Kiss
Bisou pronounced "bizu" means kiss in French. It is most often used by lovers or persons in a romantic relationship, whereas bise is used to describe a platonic kiss used as a greeting- to say hello or goodbye.
Pat

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A leafy vegetable, what's a "chouchou"?
Pumpkin
Cabbage
Chouchou means favorite and is a term of endearment given to a loved one or someone dear to you. It can be used to discuss a romantic partner or, in a school setting, a teacher's pet.
Kale
Artichoke

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What's the meaning of the adjective "doux"?
Soft
Doux, pronounced as ‘du,' means soft in English. It is used to describe something that is soft, gentle or sweet for example, une peau douce- soft skin.
Hello
Number
Game

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You can find it in the sky. What is "etoile"?
Star
Etoile is the French translation for ‘star,' the astronomical object. It can also be used when speaking about the depiction or the shape of the star.
Cloud
Sun
Rain

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A "papillon" is which animal?
Butterfly
Papillon originates from papilionem, which is a Latin word. It means ‘butterfly' in English and can be used to talk about the insect or something in the shape of a butterfly.
Dog
Beaver
Cow

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Which meat is represented by the word "poulet'?
Pork
Beef
Lamb
Chicken
Poulet or le poulet is the French word for chicken. It can either be used to describe the animal or to talk about it as a food. An example of this is ‘Je mange du poulet'-I am eating chicken.

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"Soleil" represents a celestial body. Which one is it?
Planet
Moon
Sun
Soleil means ‘sun'- the huge star which is at the center of the solar system. This word has a different spelling from the Latin word 'soliculus,' which it is derived from.
Star

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This food is put in cereal. What is "lait"?
Oatmeal
Milk
Lait is the French noun for milk. Adjectives can be added to the end of this noun in order to further describe it- e.g., lait écrémé which means skimmed milk.
Sugar
Strawberries

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A mode of transportation, what do you think a "voiture" is?
Car
Voiture means ‘car' in French. It is a noun used to speak about different types of cars and automobiles. Voiture is pronounced as ‘vwatyʀ.'
Motorcycle
Train
Bicycle

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Which writing tool is a "stylo"?
Highlighter
Pencil
Pen
Stylo, pronounced as stilo, means ‘pen' in English. This masculine noun can be used to speak about different types of pens, e.g. stylo plume which means ‘fountain pen.'
Marker

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Which body part is the "tete"
Butt
Chest
Head
Tete means refers to one's head and it is pronounced as ‘tet.' It is used in many expressions such as courber la tete, (to bow one's head) and in popular ones such as avoir mal à la tête (to have a headache).
Hand

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Can you guess what "rue" means?
Wine
Clean
Street
Rue is pronounced as ‘ry' in English and means ‘street' in that language. Rue can also mean to feel sorry for or to feel remorse toward someone, something or a situation.
Tall

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Which animal is a "chien"?
Dog
Chien means ‘dog' in English and is used to talk about this domestic animal. Words can be added to further explain what type of dog, e.g., chien de garde (guard dog.)
Cat
Eagle
Chicken

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Which of these foods is "fromage"?
Cheese
Fromage means ‘cheese,' which is a daily product used in many dishes. It is pronounced as ‘fraw-mazh' and originates from the Latin word ‘formaticum.'
Apple
Cereal
Milk

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What color does the word "jaune" represent?
Blue
Red
White
Yellow
Jaune means yellow in English. Unlike some other adjectives, it is invariable; it is both a masculine and feminine noun. This means that the spelling does not change based on the gender of the noun.

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What does the French adjective "drole" mean?
Game
Funny
This French adjective translates in English to mean "funny" or "peculiar." It can be about a person or an event that has occurred that is amusing or strange.
River
Eight

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What do you think "maison" is?
Sister
House
Maison is a feminine French noun which is used about a dwelling place, specifically a house. Maison is derived from the Latin word- mansiō, mansiōnem and maneō, ‘to remain.'
Hello
World

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What time of day is "minuit"?
Dawn
Midnight
"Minuit" means midnight in French. It's when French werewolves come out!
Dusk
Midday

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Which family member is a "frere"?
Brother
This masculine noun means "brother" in English and is used about a male sibling. An "s" is added to make it plural, such as when one might want to say "brothers."
Sister
Father
Mother

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Which of these words is associated with "sympa"?
Simple
Nice
Sympa, pronounced "sam pa" means "nice." This adaptable word is used to show a general liking or affection toward someone, something or someplace or even a concept.
Gloomy
Boring

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Can you guess what "porte" means?
Number
Port
Door
Porte is a feminine noun which means "door" in English when used about a house and "gate" in some other situations. For example, ferme la porte means, close the gate.
Clean

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What color does the word "blanc" represent?
Brown
Blue
Black
White
The French word for "white" is blanc and it is pronounced as "blɑ̃." This color can be changed to "blanche" if the noun that it describes is feminine.

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What do you think "ville" is?
Town
Town or city is called "ville" in French. This modern French word is pronounced as "veel" and is used in many ways such as to say, "Let's go to town"- Allons en ville.
Game
Wine
Tall

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What does the French word "jeune" mean?
World
Young
Jeune is the French word for "young." It is used to describe someone's youthful appearance (faire jeune) or a young person, such as a young girl- jeune fille.
River
Eight

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Which emotion is "fache"?
Nervous
Excited
Happy
Angry
Fache, the French word for "angry," is used frequently in English to express displeasure and annoyance. "E" is added at the end of this adjective when the subject is feminine.

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A metallic color, what does "argent" mean?
Silver
Argent, pronounced as "ahr -juh -nt" is a French noun which means "silver" in English. It can be used about money, the metal or the color silver.
Gold
Bronze
Copper

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What does the French adjective "facile" mean?
Sister
Hello
Easy
Facile, the antonym to difficile, means "easy" and is used to describe things that require little to no effort to complete or accomplish. It can also reference a simplistic or superficial perspective or approach.
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