French French

Vocab Builder for commonly used words in French.


Bethléem is used in French in the same way as Bethlehem is used in English. It is the name of a city in the Middle East, significant in Christianity as the birthplace of Jesus. Geographical names do not typically have gender or plural forms.

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In French, 'bien' is used in much the same way as 'well' is used in English. It is an adverb and can be used to qualify a verb, adjective, other adverb, or even an entire sentence. For instance, you can use 'bien' to say that you're doing well 'Je vais bien', something tastes good 'C'est bien', or to emphasize 'Très bien'. Note that, just like in English, it can serve a variety of roles depending on the context.

Example sentences with  bien
bien que

In French, 'though' can be translated to 'bien que'. It is often used in French to introduce a subordinate clause, just like in English. It conveys a contrast or contradiction between two statements. For example, 'Je veux aller, bien que je sois fatigué' means 'I want to go, though I am tired'. It is important to note that 'bien que' is always followed by the subjunctive in French.

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The French word 'bientôt' is equivalent to the English word 'soon'. It is an adverb frequently used to convey the imminent occurrence of an event or action. This word is generally used in future contexts, and it can be used at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of a sentence.

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The French word 'bienvenue' is used in almost the same ways as 'welcome' in English. It can be used to greet someone in your home or place of work, to accept gratefully something that is offered, or to acknowledge someone's thanks.

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The French equivalent for the English word 'cookies' is 'biscuits'. 'Biscuits' in French cover a wide range of both sweet and savoury varieties, just like 'cookies' in English. Examples of its usage in sentences could be: 'J'aime les biscuits avec mon café' (I like cookies with my coffee), 'J'ai mangé tous les biscuits' (I ate all the cookies).

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The French word for 'white' is 'blanc'. It's generally used in the same way as it is in English - to describe the color of something. However, it should be noted that all adjectives in French have to match the gender of the noun they're describing. So you might also see 'blanche' if the noun is feminine.

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The French term 'blessé' corresponds with the English word 'hurt'. It could be utilized in different contexts such as when expressing physical pain or emotional damage. It could also refer to an injury. Similar to English, 'blessé' may change according to the number, gender, or formality, so be sure to use it correctly in a sentence.

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The French word 'bleu' is used similarly as 'blue' in English language, referring to a color that resembles clear sky. Just like in English, it can also be used to describe feelings, for instance, to express sorrow. You can use it in the same context you'd use 'blue' in English, for painting descriptors, appearances, or moods.

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The French equivalent for the English word 'good' is 'bon'. Bon is frequently used in French conversation, similar to how 'good' is used in English. The word is used to denote positivity or approval. Keep in mind gender and number agreement, as 'bon' becomes 'bonne' for feminine singular, 'bons' for masculine plural, and 'bonnes' for feminine plural.

Example sentences with  bon
bon ami
good friend

The term 'bon ami' is used in French to refer to a good friend. It can refer to a person of any gender. The usage is similar to English: it can be used to introduce someone ('C'est un bon ami.') or talk about your friendship with them ('Il est un bon ami à moi.').

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bonhomme de neige

The French term for 'snowman' is 'bonhomme de neige'. Just like in English, this term is used to describe a figure made of snow that is shaped like a human. It's a common word used during winter or in contexts related to snow or winter activities.

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In French, 'bonjour' is a common greeting. It is typically used during the day to say 'hello' or 'good day'. It is a formal and polite way to greet someone.

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bonne nuit
Good night

The French word 'bonne nuit' is used as a parting phrase, said to people before they go to sleep. It is synonymous with the English phrase 'good night'.

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The French word for office is 'bureau'. It is used much in the same way as it is in English - to refer to a place where people work, often in front of a computer. It can also refer to a desk, which is often found in an office. In a broader sense, it could refer to a division or branch of a government, company, or other organization.

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In French, 'but' is used as 'goal' in English. It is used in reference to an aim or desired result. For example, in the context of a sport like football or a personal ambition. It can also represent the object of a person's ambition or effort.

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The French word 'buts' is used in similar contexts as 'goals' in English. It can be used to discuss objectives in a game, a personal objective or a target. Note that 'buts' is plural, the singular is 'but'.

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In French, the word 'ça' is used as a demonstrative pronoun, similar to how 'that' is used in English. It is utilized to refer to a specific object or item being mentioned previously, or close to the speaker. Remember it's often used in conversational speech rather than a formal one.

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The French word for 'gifts' is 'cadeaux'. 'Cadeaux' is used in pretty much the same way as 'gifts' in English. It is a plural noun which is used to refer to presents or things that you give to someone on special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or holidays.

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The word 'calendrier' is a masculine noun in French, used in the same contexts as the English word 'calendar'. For example, you can use it to refer to a system of timekeeping that defines the beginning, length, and divisions of a year.

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'Camarade' is another way of saying friend in French. It is often used to refer to a classmate or anyone with whom you share a common activity or bond.

Example sentences with  camarade
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.

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The French word 'campagne' is used in the same way as the English word 'campaign'. It is generally used to refer to an organized effort towards a particular goal, such as a political campaign ('campagne électorale') or advertising campaign ('campagne publicitaire'). Like in English, it can also refer to the countryside or rural areas.

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The French word 'candidat' translates to 'candidate' in English. It is used in much the same way as the English term: to refer to someone who is applying for a job or running in an election. It can be used in various contexts such as in politics (candidat à la présidence), job applications (candidat pour un poste), and competitive processes in general.

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canne de bonbon
candy canes

The term 'canne de bonbon' is used in French to refer to the festive sweet 'candy cane'. It's a term particularly popular around Christmas time in French-speaking countries. It is used in the same way as 'candy canes' is used in English.

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The French word 'cantiques' is used to denote religious hymns that are generally sung at festive times like Christmas, similar to 'carols' in English. Just like in English, it's a plural noun, can be used generically, or can be specific to a particular song when used in context.

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The French word 'capable' directly translates to 'able' in English. It is used in similar contexts as in English, to express ability or susceptibility. Notably, it can be used in conjunction with 'de' followed by an infinitive verb to express capacity to do something specific.

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The French word for 'ability' is 'capacité'. It is used in various contexts to discuss someone's skills or capabilities. Similar to English, it can be used both in terms of physical abilities, like 'la capacité à courir' meaning 'the ability to run', as well as mental, like 'la capacité à comprendre' which translates to 'the ability to understand'. In addition to this, 'capacité' can also refer to capacity or volume in certain contexts.

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capsule temporelle
time capsule

The French word 'capsule temporelle' is equivalent to the English term 'time capsule'. It is primarily used to refer to a container that stores a selection of objects or information, often intended as a method of communication with people of the future. In a sentence, one might say 'Nous avons enterré une capsule temporelle dans le jardin'.

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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).

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