French Classroom Vocabulary in French

An array of French vocabulary words primarily used in an educational or classroom setting.


The French word 'activité' directly translates to 'activity' in English. It's used in similar context to describe action or tasks. It can refer to any kind of physical or mental occupation or pursuit. For example, 'Activité physique' means 'Physical activity'. In the plural form, 'activités' can also mean different types of events or hobbies.

Example sentences with  activité

Administration in French is used the same way it is used in English, representing the tasks and activities that are related to operating an organization, such as a business or school. It can also refer to the group of people who are in charge of managing such an organization.

Example sentences with  administration

In French, 'apprendre' is the verb used for learning. It can be used in various contexts such as learning a lesson (apprendre une leçon), learning to drive (apprendre à conduire), or learning a language (apprendre une langue). It is an irregular verb, and hence has different conjugation patterns. Be sure to use it in the appropriate context for effective communication.

Example sentences with  apprendre

The French word 'approche' is the equivalent of the English word 'approach'. In French, it can be used in similar ways as in English, such as describing the act or process of moving towards someone or something, or in the method used to complete a task. For example, 'Ma méthode d'approche pour apprendre une nouvelle langue est de pratiquer tous les jours' translates to 'My approach to learning a new language is to practice every day'.

Example sentences with  approche
camarade de classe

The term 'camarade de classe' is used the same way as the English word 'classmate'. It refers to a person who is in the same class or course at a school or college. It's commonly used in educational settings or when referring to shared experiences in school.

Example sentences with  camarade de classe

The French equivalent for the English word 'career' is 'carrière'. It is used in a similar context, describing one's progression in their professional life. For example, 'Sa carrière en tant que médecin est très réussie' means 'His career as a doctor is very successful'. Like English, 'carrière' can be used in various contexts outside of just professional advancement, such as 'carrière musicale' (musical career).

Example sentences with  carrière

The French word 'cas' is used similarly to the English 'case'. It can suggest a particular situation or event, as well as a legal investigation. But be careful, in French 'cas' does not mean a box or a container, for that the word 'boîte' is used.

Example sentences with  cas

The French word for chair is 'chaise'. This word is used similarly to how it's used in English, referring to a piece of furniture designed for one person to sit on. It can be used in various contexts, whether you're talking about the furniture in your home or a seat in a public space.

Example sentences with  chaise

The French word for 'room' is 'chambre'. It is often used in the same context as in English. It refers to a part of the structure in a building which is enclosed and usually has a door, such as a bedroom (chambre à coucher), living room (salle de séjour) or dining room (salle à manger). Note that 'chambre' is feminine, so it would be 'la chambre' in definite form.

Example sentences with  chambre

The word 'classe' in French is used similar to how 'class' is used in English. It could denote a group of students in a school (i.e. a class of students), or refer to a specific category of things sharing common characteristics (i.e. a class of animals). It's also used in object-oriented programming languages to denote an entity that encapsulates data and methods. Note that the French pronunciation is different from English, where the 'a' in 'classe' is pronounced like 'ah'.

Example sentences with  classe

The French word 'comparer' is a verb that is used very similarly to the English verb 'compare'. It can be used to denote the act of evaluating the similarities and differences between two or more objects, ideas, or individuals. Like in English, 'comparer' can be applied in various contexts, including but not limited to scientific, literary, and everyday colloquial usage.

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The French word for control is 'contrôle'. It is used in a similar way to the English word. For example, it can refer to power over something or someone, the ability to manage a situation, or a check or test on something. Just like in English, it's a versatile word that can be used in many different contexts.

Example sentences with  contrôle

In French, the term 'cours' is used to represent the English word 'course'. It can refer to a series of lectures or lessons in a particular subject, typically leading to a qualification. For instance, academic courses in a university. It can also be used to signify the direction in which something is moving. However, the specific usage will typically depend on the context in which it is applied.

Example sentences with  cours

The word 'dessiner' in French translates to 'draw' in English. In French, it is used in much the same contexts as in English. One can use it when talking about creating a picture using pencil, pen or other drawing materials. Like English, it can also be used metaphorically in various expressions.

Example sentences with  dessiner

The French word 'deviner' is equivalent to the English word 'guess'. It is a commonly used verb in French, just as it is in English. It is used in various contexts, such as making a conjecture, assuming, or guessing the answer to a question. Examples of its usage can be found in phrases like 'Je ne peux que deviner' (I can only guess) or 'Devine qui?' (Guess who?).

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The French word 'écrire' translates to 'write' in English. In French grammar, 'écrire' is an irregular -re verb and requires certain modifications depending on different grammatical tenses and moods. For instance, 'I write' is 'J'écris'. It is utilized in various contexts that revolve around the act of writing like 'writing a letter' - 'écrire une lettre', 'writing a book' - 'écrire un livre', etc. Similar to English, it is also used metaphorically in some expressions.

Example sentences with  écrire

In French, the word for 'education' is 'éducation'. Much like in English, it gets used widely in discussions about schooling, teaching, and learning. It can refer to both the process of instructing or the system by which one is instructed. Examples of usage in sentences are: 'Je suis en charge de l'éducation de mes enfants' which means 'I am in charge of my children's education' or 'L'éducation est essentielle pour le développement' which translates to 'Education is essential for development'.

Example sentences with  éducation

The French word 'enseignant' refers to a person who helps others to acquire knowledge, competences, or values. It is used in the same context as 'teacher' in English. In French educational settings, both at the elementary and university levels, an individual who facilitates learning is referred to as 'enseignant'.

Example sentences with  enseignant

The French word for student is 'étudiant'. It refers to an individual who is engaged in learning, typically within an academic setting like a college or university. It is often used in the same contexts as in English, for example in sentences like 'Je suis un étudiant' (I am a student). The word 'étudiant' is masculine; its feminine counterpart is 'étudiante'.

Example sentences with  étudiant

The French word for 'study' is 'étudier'. It is usually used to refer to the act of devoting time and attention to acquiring knowledge on an academic subject, especially by means of books, or a detailed investigation and analysis of a subject or situation.

Example sentences with  étudier

The French word 'formation' is used similarly to the English word 'training.' It is most often used in a professional or educational context to refer to the process of acquiring knowledge, skills, and competencies. For example, you might use 'formation' to talk about employee training programs ('programme de formation') or training sessions ('séances de formation').

Example sentences with  formation

The word 'jouer' means 'play' in French. This verb can be used in a variety of contexts, including playing a sport or a game ('jouer au football'), playing an instrument ('jouer du piano'), or play in the sense of acting in a theater ('jouer dans une pièce de théâtre'). It also can mean 'to gamble' ('jouer de l'argent'). Note, however, it does not translate all uses of 'play', as French often uses other verbs for more specific types of play.

Example sentences with  jouer

The French verb 'lire' means 'to read'. Just like in English, it can be used in several contexts such as reading a book, a sign, a map etc. It is an irregular verb and so, has different conjugations for different tenses and moods. For example, 'Il lit un livre' translates to 'He is reading a book'.

Example sentences with  lire

The French word for 'book' is 'livre'. It is used in the same context as in English, referring to a bound collection of sheets of paper, parchment, or similar materials. It can be related to a variety of genres - from novels and non-fiction works to textbooks and manuals.

Example sentences with  livre

The French word for 'memory' is 'mémoire'. It is used very much in the same context as in English, referring to the mental capacity of retaining and reviving facts, events, impressions, etc., or of recalling or recognizing previous experiences. It can also refer to an apparatus by which things are remembered, such as in computer language. Like in English, it can have various connotations including remembering something or someone, recalling or remembering information, or in terms of computer data.

Example sentences with  mémoire

The French word for computer is 'ordinateur'. This word is used much in the same way as it is in English, to refer to a programmable machine that performs high-speed processing of numbers, as well as manipulation of text, graphics, and sound. For example, 'Je suis devant mon ordinateur' which means 'I'm in front of my computer.'

Example sentences with  ordinateur

In French, 'page' has the same spelling and meaning as English. It refers to one side of a sheet of paper in a collection of sheets bound together, such as in a book or notebook. For instance, you might use it like, 'Tournez la page' which means 'Turn the page.' It's a directly translatable word and commonly used in both languages in regular conversations and in writing.

Example sentences with  page

The French word for 'paper' is 'papier'. It is used in a similar context as in English, referring to the material used for writing, drawing, or printing on. It can also refer to a piece of paper, like a document or newspaper. For example, 'un papier' could mean a sheet of paper or a document, while 'du papier' could refer to paper as a material.

Example sentences with  papier

The French word for 'door' is 'porte'. It is a feminine noun in French, and it is used just as in English, to refer to the barrier or entrance to a room or building. You can use it in phrases like 'ouvrir la porte' (open the door), or 'ferme la porte' (close the door).

Example sentences with  porte

The French word for 'practice' is 'pratique'. It can be used in a variety of contexts, similar to the English usage, such as talking about a habit, custom, or routine (e.g. 'c'est une pratique courante' means 'it's a common practice'), to refer to practicing a skill (e.g. 'la pratique du piano' means 'practicing the piano'), or in a medical context (e.g. 'pratique médicale' means 'medical practice'). As with English, the French word 'pratique' can shift between these different meanings depending on context.

Example sentences with  pratique
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