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Learn French words is easy they say. Well not for everyone and most certainly not all French words are created equal. Yet one cannot deny its importance from the moment you decide to learn the language. When you are just starting, you can’t go far without 100+ French words up your sleeves. Luckily you can do that today. In 5 minutes or less, you can add 101 French words (and thousands more if you want ) to your vocabulary. And here is how.
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Vocabulary Booster: How to Learn 101 French Words Instantly
As an English speaker, learning French vocabulary is a bit easier for you. Now I can imagine you rolling your eyes at me, if you have been struggling with that. But don’t hate me already, just let me explain.
A long long time ago, before cavemen were around …. Ok not that far.
Thanks to William the Conqueror (also known as William I or Guillaume le Conquérant or …enfin bref) and his invasion of England , French and English share thousands of similar words. That’s what we call cognates. Words such as “accent”, central, library/ librarie.
Using Cognates To Learn French Words
En gros…cognates are words from two languages that are the same or similar. Basically, they are words which look and/or are pronounced alike in the two languages. You will find a lot of similar words in English and French because they both borrow many words from Latin. But of course they decided to spice it up a bit ( …and make it a little harder for us in the process).
|True Cognates||Semi-True Cognates||False Cognates|
|Words that have similar meanings.||Words that might look similar/ might have different meaning or vice versa.||Words that look similar but have completely different meanings.|
Are you confused yet? Let me rephrase this with a hint of drama.
In a real life situation, a true cognate (vrais ami-e) would be the best friend who spends the night with you, eating ice cream or making a voodoo statue of you ex-boyfriend after a break-up.
Semi false (or semi-true) cognate would be that friend who gives you a big hug, while rolling her eyes.
And a false cognate ( faux amis ) is the one who stole your boyfriend.
Alright, retour à nos moutons!
Let’s talk about true cognates.
True cognates “vrais amis” are my favorites because they make it easier to learn new vocabulary. You can use them to start speaking now, even as a beginner.
Example: J’irai au cinema voir un film.
101 French Words to Add to Your Arsenal
Here a few to get you started. Don’t forget to read some essential tips below this table on how to use French cognates to improve your language skills.
🇫🇷 Sandy porte un bikini rouge.
🇺🇸 Sandy is wearing a red bikini.
🇫🇷 Elle lit un magazine.
🇺🇸 She is reading a magazine.
🇫🇷 Le campus est fermé pour deux semaines.
🇺🇸The campus is closed for two weeks.
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🇫🇷 Sara enseigne le yoga.
🇺🇸Sara teaches yoga.
🇫🇷 Paul a invité sa petite amie au restaurant.
🇺🇸Paul invited his girlfriend to the restaurant.
🇫🇷 Cet enfant est très intelligent.
🇺🇸 This kid is very intelligent (smart).
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This looks easy, doesn’t it? Yes, it does. And it is.Try not to jump the gun l’ami. Keep in mind French-English cognates require practice and some additional work.
Tools to Use For a Better Understanding of French Words
- A good dictionary (check out my recommendations in the bookstore or my list of 85 killer resources to learn French);
- Audio to check the pronunciation;
- A native speaker, tutor, or teacher for feedback (if you can).
|Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Using cognates can smooth your path to fluency. In order to do so, be sure to differentiate true, semi-false and false cognates. True cognates are every language learner’s best friend but they require practice.True cognates are every language learners best friend but the require practice. #languagesClick To Tweet
- Start with the 101 French words listed in this article and the PDF cheat sheet.
- Play the video and get familiar with the pronunciation.
- Use a dictionary to review the definition and start using it in writing and speaking today.
Now your turn!
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