French French

Vocab Builder for commonly used words in French.


In French, 'comprend' is used to express the concept of understanding something - a situation, a concept, a language. It is more often used in a context where comprehension is required. Just like the English 'understand', it can be used in various sentences in past, present or future tenses.

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The French word 'compte' translates to 'account' in English. It is usually used in the context of situations involving banks, money, email accounts, and numerical counts. For example, one might say 'Ouvre un compte bancaire' which means 'Open a bank account', or 'Mon compte de courrier électronique' meaning 'My email account'. Apart from these, it also refers to taking something into consideration as in 'prendre en compte', meaning 'to take into account'

Example sentences with  compte
compte à rebours

The French term 'compte à rebours' is used in the same way as the English term 'countdown'. It can be applied in various contexts such as events, launches or deadlines where a backward counting is used to indicate the time left. Note that French uses 'à rebours' instead of 'down' to denote 'counting backward'.

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The word 'comté' in French translates to 'county' in English. It is used to represent a geographic region of a country used for administrative or other purposes in certain modern nations. In France, it's not widely used in contemporary context as their main geographic subdivisions are regions and departments, but still holds historical significance. It is also most commonly recognized as a type of French cheese.

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The french translation for 'focus' is 'concentration'. Much like the English word, 'concentration' can be used in various contexts such as personal focus, photographic focus, or even academic focus. It is often used to denote the concentration of attention or energy on something.

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The French word 'conception' is used in the same way as 'design' is used in English. It can refer to the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object or a system. It's used in contexts like graphic design, industrial design, web design, and fashion design. Like in English, it can also denote a purposeful or intentional arrangement.

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The French word 'concernant' can be used as a preposition, suggesting relevance or involvement. It is generally used in sentences to denote 'regarding' or 'about', similar to how 'concerning' is used in English. For example, 'Voici les documents concernant votre demande' translates to 'Here are the documents concerning your application'.

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In French, 'condition' retains the same spelling as in English. It is a noun mostly used to denote a state of being, a prerequisite or a stipulation. For instance, in a sentence like 'Sous la condition que vous arriviez à l'heure', it translates to 'On the condition that you arrive on time'. It is also used in different phrases, idioms, or contexts, which can alter its meaning. As in every language, its use will mainly depend on the context of the conversation.

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The French word 'conduire' translates to 'drive' in English and is often used to refer to the act of operating and controlling the direction and speed of a motor vehicle. Just like in English, it can also extend to figurative expressions like 'driving a hard bargain' which in French is 'conduire une dure bataille'. Use it in the context similar to how you would use 'drive' in English.

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The word 'confettis' is used in the French language exactly like 'confetti' in English. It refers to small pieces or streamers of colored paper that are often thrown at celebrations, especially parades and weddings. Remember, even though it ends in 's', it doesn't make it plural. So, don't let it trip you up.

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'Confident' refers to a 'confidant' in English, someone you trust and share your secrets with. It could be a close friend or a family member.

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The French word 'confortable' is used similar to the English word 'cozy'. It is most commonly used to describe places or objects that are comfortable, warm, or inviting, such as a cozy home (un maison confortable) or a cozy chair (un chaise confortable). However, it doesn't express the intimacy or small space the way 'cozy' does in English.

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The French word 'congrès' is used in much the same way as the English word 'congress.' It can refer to a formal meeting or series of meetings for discussion and decision in such areas as politics and business. An example of use could be: 'Ils vont participer au congrès de la santé cette année,' which translates to, 'They will participate in the health congress this year.'

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'Connaissance' is used to describe someone you know but not close enough to call a 'friend'. It's the French equivalent of the English 'acquaintance'.

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The French word 'considérer' coincides with the English word 'consider'. It is commonly used in many circumstances just as it is in English. You might use it when speaking about thinking carefully about a particular subject or assessing various options before making a decision. Suppose a native French speaker might say, 'Je dois considérer mes options', which translates to 'I need to consider my options'.

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The French word 'construire' is a verb that functions similarly to its English translation 'build'. It can be used in various contexts such as construction (e.g., construire une maison - build a house), in relation to ideas or arguments (e.g., construire un argument - build an argument) or in relation to principles (e.g., construire sur des principes solides - build on solid principles). As with many French verbs, it requires conjugation depending on tense and subject.

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The French word 'continuer' is used much the same way as 'continue' in English. It means to keep going or don't stop, it might be after a pause or from a particular point in an activity, course, or event.

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The French word 'contre' translates to 'against' in English. It's commonly used in a similar context, such as in expressing opposition or resistance (e.g., 'Je suis contre cette idée' meaning 'I am against this idea'), or when indicating contact with a surface (e.g., 'Le livre est contre le mur' meaning 'The book is against the wall').

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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.

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In French, 'conversation' has the same spelling and essentially the same pronunciation as it does in English. The term is used in much the same way, to refer to dialogue or communication between two or more individuals. It can also, of course, be used to refer to the skill or art of conversing or talking with others. It's a commonly used word in a variety of contexts, just as it is in English.

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'Copain' is a colloquial way to refer to a 'buddy' or a 'pal' in French. This term is often used among close friends or peers.

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The French word 'corps' is used in the same context as the English 'body'. It could be referred to a person's physical structure or a main section of a structure. It can also be used metaphorically to describe a collective group or a 'body' of individuals such as 'corps diplomatique' (diplomatic corps).

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The French word 'côté' translates to 'side' in English. It's often used in the French language to refer to the left or right part of a thing or place. Just like in English, it can also refer to a perspective or aspect of a situation or thing. For instance, 'De l'autre côté de la rue' means 'On the other side of the street'.

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The French word 'couleur' is used in the same context as the English word 'color'. It can refer to the various shades seen by the eye, such as red, blue, yellow, green, etc. It can be used in different contexts such as describing the color of clothes, rooms, hair, eyes, etc. In French, if you want to specify the color of an object, you generally use the construction 'de + color', for instance, 'un chapeau de couleur rouge' which translates to 'a red hat'.

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In French, 'couple' has a very similar meaning as in English, referring to a pair of people, animals, or things often related or in a relationship of some kind. Just like in English, it can also refer more specifically to two people in a romantic relationship. An example of a sentence would be, 'Ils sont en couple depuis deux ans,' which means 'They have been a couple for two years.'

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The French word 'courant' translates to 'current' in English. It is widely used in both the literal and figurative sense. In the literal sense, it can be used to describe things like water or electricity flow, for example, 'Le courant de la rivière' means 'The flow of the river'. In a figurative sense, it might mean prevalent, for example, 'C'est très courant' means, 'It is very common'.

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to run

In French, 'courir' is the infinitive form of the verb 'to run'. It is used in contexts similar to the english usage such as to move swiftly by foot, to take part in a race, or escape from something. The specific form used can change depending on the tense and the subject of the sentence. Eg : 'Je cours' = 'I run'.

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The French word for 'wreath' is 'couronne'. It can be used in the same contexts as in English, for example for Christmas or funeral wreaths, or metaphorically to indicate honor or prestige.

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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.

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In French, the word 'course' is commonly used to translate the English word 'race'. It is applied in situations of competitive running, cycling, or other types of sport-related races. However, it also has other meanings like 'course' in educational context or 'shopping' in everyday life which should be considered depending on the context.

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