French French

Vocab Builder for commonly used words in French.


The French word for success is 'succès'. It is used similarly to the English term, and can refer to the positive outcome of an endeavor or the achievement of a particular goal or objective. It can be used in a variety of contexts, whether personal, professional, or academic.

Example sentences with  succès

The word 'sud' corresponds to the English word 'south'. It is primarily used in geographical contexts, referring to the cardinal direction that is to the right when facing the rising sun. It can also be used metaphorically to describe the condition or quality related to being in the south or southern region of a particular place or country.

Example sentences with  sud

The word 'suggérer' in French translates to 'suggest' in English. Just like in English, it is often used when one is proposing a plan or an idea for consideration. It is also used to imply or indirectly indicate a fact or a possibility. This verb is mostly used in formal contexts, such as meetings, formal discussions or writings.

Example sentences with  suggérer

The French word for 'follow' is 'suivre'. It is used similarly to the way we use 'follow' in English, such as following someone on social media ('suivre quelqu'un sur les médias sociaux'), or following directions ('suivre les directions'). Remember that, like many French words, 'suivre' will conjugate differently depending on the subject and tense.

Example sentences with  suivre

The French equivalent for the English word 'subject' is 'sujet'. This word is used in similar contexts as in English, for example in grammar to denote the topic of a sentence, or to refer to a area of study or interest. Additionally, 'sujet' can also be used to refer to a person in certain contexts, specifically when discussing subjects of a ruler or nation.

Example sentences with  sujet

The word 'supposé' in French translates into 'supposed' in English. It's often used to indicate what is believed, expected or required, similar to how it's used in English. Example sentences include: 'Je suis supposé partir demain' meaning 'I am supposed to leave tomorrow'. The word 'supposé' is mainly used in the context of an assertion or hypothesis that may not necessarily be true.

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The French word 'sur' is used in similar contexts as the English 'over'. It's used to denote location or position, suggesting something on top of or above something else. It can also denote an excess in quantity, number or degree, much like the English word 'over'. However, be aware that context is important in language translation and this word might have different translations depending on its usage.

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In French, the equivalent of the English word 'sure' is 'sûr'. There are many ways it can be used, but one common one is to express certainty or confidence in something. For example, if you want to say you're sure that you're going out tonight, you would say 'Je suis sûr que je vais sortir ce soir'. It's also used to affirm something positively. However, like many words, its translation can change in different contexts, so it's always important to keep that in mind.

Example sentences with  sûr

The French word 'système' is used to denote a set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network. It is used very similarly to how 'system' is used in English, suggesting a comprehensive and coordinated whole. Therefore, it fits in a variety of contexts like computer systems ('système informatique'), economic system ('système économique') or solar system ('système solaire').

Example sentences with  système

The word 'table' in French is also 'table', pronounced slightly differently. It is used in the same context as in English, referring to a piece of furniture with a flat top and one or more legs, providing a level surface on which objects may be placed. It's used in everyday language and is a commonly known noun.

Example sentences with  table

The French word 'tableau' is used to mean 'board'. It is commonly used in the context of blackboard or whiteboard in a classroom. However, it can also refer to a dashboard or panel of buttons and gadgets in cars or machines, and even a painting or a work of art in gallery. So depending on the context, 'tableau' can have different meanings.

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The French word 'taille' is used to denote the size or dimensions of an object or person. It can be used in sentences like 'Quelle est votre taille de vêtements?' which translates to 'What is your clothing size?'. Remember, it is pronounced as tɑj in native French.

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The French word 'tard' translates to 'late' in English. Similar to English, 'tard' can be used in several contexts in French. It can refer to the time of day, being late to an event, or anything not being on time. However, be aware that the way it is used in a sentence might slightly vary because French grammar is different from English grammar.

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The French term 'taux' is equivalent to the English word 'rate'. It's used in many contexts such as mathematics, economics, and general usage, where it can mean proportion, ratio, or speed. For instance, 'taux de change' means 'exchange rate' in financial context, while in a general context 'taux de réussite' can mean 'success rate'. As with many words, it's usage often depends on the specific context.

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The French word for 'technology' is 'technologie'. The usage is quite similar to English; it's used to refer to machinery and equipment developed from scientific knowledge. It can be used in various contexts, whether talking about the rise of new 'technologie', the use of 'technologie' in different industries, or studying 'technologie' at school. Like in English, in French it is also a commonly used word, especially in contemporary times when technology has a significant role in various aspects of life.

Example sentences with  technologie

In French, 'tel' is used as the equivalent of 'such' in English. It is generally utilised to indicate the same degree or extent. It can be used for comparisons and to describe the quality or nature of something. Like in English, this word is versatile and can be used differently depending on the context of the sentence.

Example sentences with  tel

The French word for 'phone' is 'téléphone'. Just like in English, it is also often shortened in casual conversation to 'tél'. The French word 'téléphone' can be used to refer both to the device you use to call someone and to the act of calling someone. For example, 'Je vais te téléphoner' means 'I am going to call you'.

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The word 'temps' in French can be used very similarly to how 'time' is used in English. It can refer to the progression of moments (e.g., 'Quel temps fait-il?' means 'What is the time?'), the weather (e.g., 'Il fait beau temps' means 'The weather is good'), or to musical tempo in a similar fashion to English. It's a very versatile word in the French language.

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The French word 'tenir' means 'to hold' in English. It can be used in many contexts just as in English, such as to hold something concrete like a book (Je tiens un livre) or to hold onto something in a figurative sense, like to hold a position (Il tient la position de président). 'Tenir' is a common verb and follows a regular conjugation pattern.

Example sentences with  tenir

The French word 'terme' is used similarly to the English word 'term'. It's used in contexts like legal terms (termes juridiques), term of a contract (terme d'un contrat), or end of a time period (fin d'un terme). Be aware that in some contexts and expressions, it might not directly translate to 'term' in English. As always with language learning, understanding the context is key.

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The word 'terre' is used in French to mean 'land'. It can be used in a variety of contexts, such as describing a piece of earth or ground (la terre), talking about a country or territory (la terre de mes ancêtres) or referencing the planet Earth itself (la Terre). This word is a common noun and always starts with a lowercase, except when it represents the Earth, or at the start of a sentence.

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In French, the English word 'test' is typically translated into 'essai'. 'Essai' is broadly used in the same way as 'test' in English. However, it's crucial to note that, in some contexts, other French words like 'examens' might be used for 'test'. The specific usage would highly depend on the overall context of the conversation.

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The French word for 'head' is 'tête'. It is used in the same way as in English to refer to the top part of the human body that includes the brain, eyes, mouth, etc. It is also used metaphorically in phrases like 'prendre la tête' (to be the leader) or 'mal de tête' (headache). Just as in English, 'tête' is a versatile word in French.

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The French word for theory is 'théorie'. Just like in English, 'théorie' is used to explain or describe a phenomenon or a set of facts, and it can be used in a great variety of contexts, such as science, mathematics, philosophy and many more. It is generally used in a similar way as it is in English, allowing French learners to directly translate their thoughts.

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The word 'tir' in French translates to 'shot' in English. It is used similarly to English, often in contexts relating to sports such as a 'tir au but' in football meaning a 'shot on goal'. Also, 'tir' can refer to a shot of drink or a gunshot. However, it's essential to understand the context to use this word aptly.

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In French, 'pull' is translated as 'tirer'. It is used in various contexts, most commonly to express the action of pulling something towards oneself. It can also be used metaphorically, such as pulling (i.e., attracting) attention.

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The French word for tofu is 'tofu', just as in English. It is used similarly, referring to the food product made from soy. You might find it in common dishes like 'salade de tofu' (tofu salad) or 'tofu grillé' (grilled tofu). It would be used in the context of cooking and cuisine.

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The French equivalent for 'yourself' is 'toi-même'. It's often used in the same contexts as the English word, e.g., when referring to the person you're speaking to. Like in English, it's primarily used in reflexive contexts and to emphasize the individuality of the person being referred to. For instance, 'Believe in toi-même' translates to 'Believe in yourself'.

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The French word 'tomber' is used to describe the action of 'dropping' something, in the sense of it falling from a higher position to a lower one. It can be used in various contexts, just like in English - when an object falls from someone's hand, when the temperature falls/drops, or when someone falls down.

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In French, 'early' translates as 'tôt'. It can be used in various contexts such as when you say 'It is too early' which translates to 'C'est trop tôt'. Just as in English, 'tôt' can be used in various tenses to describe an action occurring before the expected or usual time.

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