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Random French Words

Translate these common French words into English.
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If multiple answers fit, guess the most common
Last updated: June 17, 2016
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French
English
Eau
Water
Noir
Black
Oui
Yes
Fleur
Flower
Cœur
Heart
Vous
You
Fromage
Cheese
Adieu
Farewell
French
English
Beaucoup
Lots
Chaise
Chair
Chef
Boss
Avec
With
Jour
Day
Ennui
Boredom
Escargot
Snail
Faux
False
French
English
Gauche
Left
Haute
High
Mardi
Tuesday
Nom
Name
Nouveau
New
Pain
Bread
Trois
Three
Moi
Me
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level 16
Oct 28, 2014
Please accept boring or bore for ennui
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level 75
Nov 5, 2014
Bore yes, boring no.
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level 60
Sep 15, 2016
Boring is ennuyant.
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level 60
Apr 23, 2017
En fait, c'est le participe présent. You're mixing it with "ennuyait", which is the actual "imparfait"^^
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level 34
Sep 10, 2017
I was taught that it is "ennuyeux"
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level 20
Jan 2, 2018
it can be either ennuyant or ennuyeux, but it's most often used to talk about something that is ennuyeux, because ennuyant is more like an annoying thing.
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level 39
Dec 16, 2016
ennui is the act of being bored; therefore only boredom is appropriate.
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level 52
Jan 15, 2017
bore is ennuyer in ffench
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level 52
May 10, 2017
ennuyeux
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level 80
Oct 31, 2014
Please accept fashionable for haute.
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level 70
Nov 5, 2014
haute couture means "high fashion". haute only means high in french. couture could mean fashionable. but more in the english adoption. the quiz is for what they actually mean in french, i.e. chef is boss, not guy that cooks food
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level 75
Nov 5, 2014
The problem with literal translations... "haute couture" is an expression equivalent to "high fashion", indeed, but "couture" translates into sewing and our word for fashion is "mode".
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level 75
Nov 5, 2014
Anyway, haute has another acceptation. We use it as an informal abbreviation to refer to "high society".
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level 65
Nov 5, 2014
Please don't. In French, there are no circumstances under which "haute" can mean "fashionable".
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level 67
Nov 5, 2014
only got that one right because of the horror film haute tension...learned the translation from that film
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level 2
Nov 7, 2014
haute is high btw i speak french
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level 44
Jan 26, 2016
"Please accept a wrong answer".
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level 70
Dec 7, 2016
Hugest NO ever.
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level 57
Jun 28, 2018
Anyone for Terre Haute cuisine?
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level 39
Oct 10, 2018
All that means (Terre Haute) is High Land.
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level 39
Nov 5, 2014
Boredom
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level 59
Nov 5, 2014
Please accept difficulties for ennui and problems
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level 75
Nov 5, 2014
I would agree if it were the plural "ennuis" but it doesn't fit the singular indeed.
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level 62
Nov 5, 2014
I think it does. "J'ai un ennui mecanique" or "L'ennui, c'est que..." would be two of the many examples where ennui can actually mean problem or difficulty.
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level ∞
Jun 17, 2016
Problem or difficulty will work now
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level 69
Sep 4, 2016
I'm confused at the appearance of "ennui" in this quiz, as it is a 100% migrated loan word and appears in English dictionaries. Since it means the same thing, "ennui" itself really should be accepted as an answer.
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level 52
Jan 15, 2017
des difficultés
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level 75
Nov 5, 2014
I could'nt remember "farewell". Fortunately, "goodbye" works... which is not quite correct. In regular French, "adieu" is only used for the last goodbye (and it literally means "to God").
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level 52
Jan 15, 2017
the correct is au revoir
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level 65
Nov 5, 2014
In case some other French speakers come along, maybe it's worth mentioning that "gauche" can also mean "clumsy".
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level 75
Nov 5, 2014
Unfortunately, you're right...
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level 44
Jan 26, 2016
In a such a quiz, "left" is the one that comes to mind first by far I think.
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level 74
Dec 7, 2016
I tried every synonym of clumsy I could think of and finally gave up. I don't speak French and that's the only meaning I've heard in English.
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level 44
Nov 5, 2014
I don't know French, but to say "farewell" is the best translation for "adieu" is quite surprising considering farewell is EXTREMELY rare, practically extinct from spoken English, existing mostly in written forms, and even then only in very formal or "affected" contexts.
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level 73
Nov 5, 2014
Watching The Lego Movie with French subtitles I picked up "a plus tard leopard"- not sure if that's a common saying or just the best translation they could come up with for "see you later, alligator"
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level 67
Nov 5, 2014
well just because the translation isn't used so much in english, doesn't mean that isn't what it means?
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level 68
Nov 6, 2014
Adieu isn't used all that much either. I think Farewell is a good translation but Godspeed would work as well. Or,..later dude!
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level ∞
Jun 17, 2016
True. I never once heard that word spoken despite having spent more than two months in France.
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level 74
Jan 21, 2018
I remember Belloq saying it in Raiders of the Lost Ark as he closes the lid on Indy in the tomb. He probably didn't intend it to be, "Later, dude," but it worked out that way.
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level 52
Jan 15, 2017
Au revoir definition, until we see each other again; goodbye for the present.
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level 52
Jan 15, 2017
re voir = see you again
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level 44
Nov 6, 2014
Wrong should also be accepted for Faux
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level 60
Feb 25, 2015
Yes, please
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level 44
Jan 26, 2016
totally, "wrong" is the first that came to my mind and I'm french.
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level 70
Dec 7, 2016
Thirded. I'm also a native French-speaker and "wrong" was the first word that came to mind. I actually also tried "scythe" in the off-chance you were talking about the tool, before I remembered "false". "Wrong" should at least be accepted as a type-in.
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level 65
Sep 19, 2017
I also tried wrong first, fake second and got it the third time around.
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level 71
Nov 6, 2014
Please accept 'rude' or 'tacky' for gauche. This is just as common a meaning as 'left.'
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level 75
Nov 7, 2014
I don't agree at all, and I'm a french speaker. It is sometimes used to say clumsy (and by extension, this can mean rude or tacky if you want, but it's not really synonymous). Anyway, the main meaning is obviously "left".
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level 44
Jan 26, 2016
Arp is right by far.
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level 44
Jan 26, 2016
Plus the whole "gauche=clumsy" thing might be a reference to a right-hand person trying to use his left-hand.
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level 69
Sep 4, 2016
redsplat: only as English speakers use "gauche", but that doesn't necessarily mean that's its French translation.
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level 26
Nov 29, 2014
This thing is really hard, and im doing French at school!
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level 44
Jul 21, 2015
24/24 with 3:43 left. And I'm only 4
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level 25
Nov 9, 2015
Easy peasy lemon squeezy!!!! Found this really simpl even though french is just my fourth language. :) Hope there's more new editions of this quiz.
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level 59
May 29, 2016
Clearly English must be your fifth if you can't spell simple.
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level 25
Nov 9, 2015
*simple
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level 60
Dec 7, 2015
Funny that the only word here that's used in English is the least guessed.
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level 28
Feb 13, 2016
A chef could also be like a cook right?
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level 39
Apr 7, 2017
Yes, as in Chief (or head) of the kitchen staff
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level 59
May 29, 2016
Second time I've done this one. For some reason I only got two points last time. 100% this time - magnifique!
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level 70
Dec 7, 2016
Awesome! Congrats :).
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level 33
Jun 5, 2016
je suis le meilleur orateur français de tous à cent pour cent avec trois minutes quarante secondes pour aller !
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level 66
Dec 7, 2016
grosse tête
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level 73
Jun 11, 2018
don't call Tom a gross titty
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level 70
Dec 7, 2016
Si vous étiez un véritable "orateur français", jamais vous n'auriez terminé votre phrase avec "pour aller", qui est une traduction littérale de l'anglais qui n'existe pas en français et ne fait aucun sens dans notre langue. Meilleure chance la prochaine fois!
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level 65
Dec 8, 2016
« ne fait aucun sens » est également une traduction littérale de l'anglais et cela ne se dit pas en français ! On dit « n'a aucun sens »... mais peut-être êtes-vous québécois ;-)
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level 25
Jul 8, 2016
Great ego jab! :)
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level 60
Sep 15, 2016
Being Canadian, i found this very easy.
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level 5
Dec 7, 2016
You should have haut instead of haute, as all other adjectives, too, are in masculine (gauche is both masculine and feminine). Otherwise there should be noire, fausse and nouvelle.
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level 57
Dec 7, 2016
I live in Canada and I only got 12 :(
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level 71
Dec 7, 2016
Now, I'm gonna be totally ridiculous. Faux means both "False" and "Wrong", but it's also the French word for "Scythe". Using this contraption led to the verb "faucher" and when in French you say you are "fauché comme les blés", litteraly "mowed like wheat", you mean that you're dirt poor.
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level 55
Dec 7, 2016
How about "malaise" for ennui?
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level 39
Dec 16, 2016
Malaise means discomfort, not boredom.
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level 47
Dec 7, 2016
6th grade French finally paid off!
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level 45
Dec 7, 2016
what about mistake for faux?
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level 75
Jun 26, 2018
Indeed mistake = faute, not faux. This said, faux can be a noun and mean fake (I don't think anybody said this one before ^^). So, faux could be: wrong, false, fake, scythe :).
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level 52
Jan 15, 2017
mais oui, I got 100 %
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level 39
Feb 16, 2017
moi aussi
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level 31
May 7, 2017
Ennui should also be translated as "bother"
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level 39
May 10, 2017
I confused chef to mean cook (chef de cuisine). I could have kicked myself when I saw it translated as boss, because we do use that meaning in my language as well!
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level 75
May 11, 2017
But cook should be accepted indeed.
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level 43
Jul 25, 2017
More of this series please QM!
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level 39
Nov 16, 2017
Yes! More please.
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level 14
Dec 16, 2017
I finished with 1:46 mins remaining
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level 65
Jan 10, 2018
I knew them all except for "Ennui" which translates to boredom (I got bored)
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level 26
Jan 20, 2018
Please add “hibou” it means 🦉. And “beaucoup” actually means pig, by the way.
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level 66
Jan 21, 2018
Ennui ........ difficult word to translate I think. 'Boredom' doesn't really do it justice, it means more than that, it carries with it the feeling of 'lack of motivation' as well as 'apathy'.
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level 35
Apr 3, 2018
Good point. In fact we sometimes use the word ennui in English to describe this state. (Generally in written text not everyday speech!)
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level 32
Apr 29, 2018
100% because I'm french! This helps to practice my English :)
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level 53
Jun 11, 2018
In the years I lived in France, I never once heard anyone say "adieu". When I asked about this, I was told that there's a certain finality to it. The sense is that you'll never see that person or place again. "Au revoir", "a plus", or even "ciao" are what you hear.
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level 59
Jul 22, 2018
wrong and incorrect should be right and correct for faux.
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level 34
Aug 29, 2018
You accept lots but not plenty? ... so shortsighted
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level 33
Sep 21, 2018
great quiz, i study for french class using this