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Can you translate these common French words into English?
All the answers are a single word
If multiple answers fit, guess the most common. Pedants will be shot into space with a large cannon.
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First submittedSeptember 30, 2014
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French
English
Eau
Water
Noir
Black
Oui
Yes
Fleur
Flower
Cœur
Heart
Vous
You
Fromage
Cheese
Adieu
Farewell
French
English
Beaucoup
Lots
Chaise
Chair
Chef
Boss
Avec
With
Jour
Day
Ennui
Boredom
Escargot
Snail
Faux
False
French
English
Gauche
Left
Haute
High
Mardi
Tuesday
Nom
Name
Nouveau
New
Pain
Bread
Trois
Three
Moi
Me
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Level 37
Nov 5, 2014
I don't know French, but to say "farewell" is the best translation for "adieu" is quite surprising considering farewell is EXTREMELY rare, practically extinct from spoken English, existing mostly in written forms, and even then only in very formal or "affected" contexts.
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Level 82
Nov 5, 2014
Watching The Lego Movie with French subtitles I picked up "a plus tard leopard"- not sure if that's a common saying or just the best translation they could come up with for "see you later, alligator"
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Level 72
Jul 23, 2021
Never heard it in Québec. And I doubt it's a common saying elsewhere... Probably the translation thing.
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Level 75
Nov 6, 2014
Adieu isn't used all that much either. I think Farewell is a good translation but Godspeed would work as well. Or,..later dude!
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Level ∞
Jun 17, 2016
True. I never once heard that word spoken despite having spent more than two months in France.
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Level 75
Jan 21, 2018
I remember Belloq saying it in Raiders of the Lost Ark as he closes the lid on Indy in the tomb. He probably didn't intend it to be, "Later, dude," but it worked out that way.
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Level 57
Jan 15, 2017
Au revoir definition, until we see each other again; goodbye for the present.
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Level 57
Jan 15, 2017
re voir = see you again
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Level 63
Nov 6, 2014
Wrong should also be accepted for Faux
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Level 70
Feb 25, 2015
Yes, please
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Level 40
Jan 26, 2016
totally, "wrong" is the first that came to my mind and I'm french.
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Level 68
Dec 7, 2016
Thirded. I'm also a native French-speaker and "wrong" was the first word that came to mind. I actually also tried "scythe" in the off-chance you were talking about the tool, before I remembered "false". "Wrong" should at least be accepted as a type-in.
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Level 59
Sep 19, 2017
I also tried wrong first, fake second and got it the third time around.
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Level ∞
Aug 8, 2019
Sorry for the very belated response. Wrong will work now.
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Level 88
Feb 8, 2020
Accept Fox?
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Level 74
Nov 6, 2014
Please accept 'rude' or 'tacky' for gauche. This is just as common a meaning as 'left.'
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Level 86
Nov 7, 2014
I don't agree at all, and I'm a french speaker. It is sometimes used to say clumsy (and by extension, this can mean rude or tacky if you want, but it's not really synonymous). Anyway, the main meaning is obviously "left".
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Level 40
Jan 26, 2016
Arp is right by far.
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Level 40
Jan 26, 2016
Plus the whole "gauche=clumsy" thing might be a reference to a right-hand person trying to use his left-hand.
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Level 69
Sep 4, 2016
redsplat: only as English speakers use "gauche", but that doesn't necessarily mean that's its French translation.
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Level 23
Nov 29, 2014
This thing is really hard, and im doing French at school!
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Level 22
Nov 9, 2015
Easy peasy lemon squeezy!!!!

Found this really simpl even though french is just my fourth language. :) Hope there's more new editions of this quiz.

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Level 56
May 29, 2016
Clearly English must be your fifth if you can't spell simple.
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Level 55
Apr 15, 2021
lol
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Level 22
Nov 9, 2015
*simple
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Level 65
Dec 7, 2015
Funny that the only word here that's used in English is the least guessed.
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Level 28
Feb 13, 2016
A chef could also be like a cook right?
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Level 37
Apr 7, 2017
Yes, as in Chief (or head) of the kitchen staff
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Level 60
Aug 17, 2020
That's how it is used in English. But in French, it has a broader meaning.
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Level 56
May 29, 2016
Second time I've done this one. For some reason I only got two points last time. 100% this time - magnifique!
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Level 68
Dec 7, 2016
Awesome! Congrats :).
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Level 68
Aug 29, 2019
Magnifique! One of my favourite words. Ever since I heard a visiting French tourist on a boat with me underground at Waitomo Caves looking up at the incredible myriad of glow worms shining in the blackness. He breathed, "Magnifique". Better than the word awesome.
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Level 60
Jun 5, 2016
je suis le meilleur orateur français de tous à cent pour cent avec trois minutes quarante secondes pour aller !
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Level 71
Dec 7, 2016
grosse tête
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Level 82
Jun 11, 2018
don't call Tom a gross titty
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Level 68
Dec 7, 2016
Si vous étiez un véritable "orateur français", jamais vous n'auriez terminé votre phrase avec "pour aller", qui est une traduction littérale de l'anglais qui n'existe pas en français et ne fait aucun sens dans notre langue. Meilleure chance la prochaine fois!
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Level 75
Dec 8, 2016
« ne fait aucun sens » est également une traduction littérale de l'anglais et cela ne se dit pas en français ! On dit « n'a aucun sens »... mais peut-être êtes-vous québécois ;-)
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Level 67
Jul 23, 2021
I'm from Quebec and ne fait aucun sens is a common thing to say over here. But even more common is to hear someone say ça pas aucun crisse de bon sens which is more vulgar and probably makes people from France cringe but hey that's not our problem lol
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Level 22
Jul 8, 2016
Great ego jab! :)
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Level 65
Sep 15, 2016
Being Canadian, i found this very easy.
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Level 14
Dec 7, 2016
You should have haut instead of haute, as all other adjectives, too, are in masculine (gauche is both masculine and feminine). Otherwise there should be noire, fausse and nouvelle.
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Level 70
Dec 7, 2016
I live in Canada and I only got 12 :(
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Level 73
Dec 7, 2016
Now, I'm gonna be totally ridiculous. Faux means both "False" and "Wrong", but it's also the French word for "Scythe". Using this contraption led to the verb "faucher" and when in French you say you are "fauché comme les blés", litteraly "mowed like wheat", you mean that you're dirt poor.
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Level 69
Dec 7, 2016
How about "malaise" for ennui?
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Level 37
Dec 16, 2016
Malaise means discomfort, not boredom.
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Level 51
Dec 7, 2016
what about mistake for faux?
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Level 86
Jun 26, 2018
Indeed mistake = faute, not faux. This said, faux can be a noun and mean fake (I don't think anybody said this one before ^^).

So, faux could be: wrong, false, fake, scythe :).

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Level 81
Aug 30, 2019
so "mistaken" then
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Level 57
Jan 15, 2017
mais oui, I got 100 %
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Level 37
Feb 16, 2017
moi aussi
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Level 50
May 7, 2017
Ennui should also be translated as "bother"
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Level 60
Aug 17, 2020
No, it shouldn't.
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Level 37
May 10, 2017
I confused chef to mean cook (chef de cuisine). I could have kicked myself when I saw it translated as boss, because we do use that

meaning in my language as well!

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Level 86
May 11, 2017
But cook should be accepted indeed.
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Level 78
Nov 27, 2020
No it shouldn't. It doesn't mean cook in French; it only means cook when used in English. In French it means boss.
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Level 68
Nov 10, 2023
It absolutely means both in French. Or, more accurately, it means a specific type of cook (one who's the head of a kitchen), both in French and in English.
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Level 43
Jul 25, 2017
More of this series please QM!
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Level 37
Nov 16, 2017
Yes! More please.
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Level 12
Dec 16, 2017
I finished with 1:46 mins remaining
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Level 88
Jan 10, 2018
I knew them all except for "Ennui" which translates to boredom (I got bored)
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Level 71
Jan 21, 2018
Ennui ........ difficult word to translate I think. 'Boredom' doesn't really do it justice, it means more than that, it carries with it the feeling of 'lack of motivation' as well as 'apathy'.
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Level 31
Apr 3, 2018
Good point. In fact we sometimes use the word ennui in English to describe this state. (Generally in written text not everyday speech!)
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Level 69
Jul 8, 2021
The closest in English is probably "world-weariness".
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Level 39
Apr 29, 2018
100% because I'm french! This helps to practice my English :)
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Level 70
Jun 11, 2018
In the years I lived in France, I never once heard anyone say "adieu". When I asked about this, I was told that there's a certain finality to it. The sense is that you'll never see that person or place again. "Au revoir", "a plus", or even "ciao" are what you hear.
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Level 65
Jul 22, 2018
wrong and incorrect should be right and correct for faux.
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Level 35
Aug 29, 2018
You accept lots but not plenty? ... so shortsighted
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Level 86
Aug 29, 2019
Seconded. Plenty should be accepted.
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Level 32
Sep 21, 2018
great quiz, i study for french class using this
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Level 48
Mar 29, 2019
Faux news... easy one!
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Level 56
Aug 29, 2019
"Pedants will be shot into space with a large cannon." Quizmaster really got mad at that point.
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Level 82
Aug 29, 2019
I think it's a Jules Verne reference.
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Level 63
Jul 24, 2021
That sounds like something from Monty Python!
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Level 68
Aug 29, 2019
When you try Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Thursday, then give up...
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Level 59
Nov 28, 2020
lol
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Level 34
Aug 30, 2019
got 9/24 and I cheated :/
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Level 88
Feb 8, 2020
Head chef is almost repetitive.
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Level 60
Apr 11, 2020
i did it!!! :D *closes Google Translate*
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Level 30
May 1, 2020
J'étudie le français au collège et je veux devenir prof de français. Ma prof m'a dit que je suis très bonne en francais - la meilleure dans mon collège.

I really hope that's all right now otherwise I look like a bit of a tit lol

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Level 75
Aug 8, 2020
Your French is pretty good! You used wrong version of "veut" but otherwise the sentence is correct (I am not checking the gender of nouns, no time for that). Hope you can get you dream job!
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Level 60
Aug 17, 2020
She used the right "veux".
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Level 72
Jul 23, 2021
You did great, teenagequizgirlk! If I'm gonna nitpick, I'd say "meilleure DE mon collège" instead of "meilleure DANS mon collège". I wouldn't say it's a definite mistake, just sounds better. :)
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Level 59
Nov 28, 2020
i only got nine but to be fair im only in my fifth month of french
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Level 63
Jan 28, 2021
I've never had any French and got 15.
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Level 59
Feb 8, 2021
update it is now been 7 months and i got 12
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Level 53
Dec 14, 2020
"Faux" also means "scythe". Great quizz otherwise
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Level 74
Jan 11, 2021
"If multiple answers fit, guess the most common. Pedants will be shot into space with a large cannon."
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Level 67
Jul 23, 2021
More groups of people should be shot into space. And not in the Bezos way.
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Level 68
Nov 10, 2023
Including Bezos.
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Level 59
Jan 23, 2021
I finally got ennui in time. Breezed through the others (lots of years of French) but that one had me stuck b/c I really wouldn't say it was exactly boredom. I tried a few other things, and finally tried boredom. All's well that ends well, I guess...
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Level 67
Jul 23, 2021
I got ennui my junior year of college and it's never really left me.
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Level 71
Jul 27, 2021
Lol, I'm in my junior year of college. Can relate.
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Level 66
Mar 16, 2021
please accept bore, bored, and boring for ennui
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Level 67
Jun 1, 2021
I don't know any French but you can get a lot of these just from cognates and stuff
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Level 49
Nov 27, 2021
Vous is they, not you.Tu is you
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Level 78
Mar 4, 2022
You must be a French teacher.
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Level 28
May 7, 2022
NAILED IT,24/24
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Level 32
Aug 3, 2022
Im french!
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Level 11
Dec 16, 2022
in france we can also say "boss" for a "boss"
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Level 67
Nov 12, 2023
Only knew half of them.
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Level 22
Nov 13, 2023
A couple suggestions:

Chef in French also means chef (as in the chef in a restaurant), this could be accepted. Similarly, Faux is also the word for scythe.

And you should probably write Haut instead of Haute, since the masculine form is what's written in dictionaries, and is kind of the default form of a word in French. Even though you're technically right.

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Level 43
Feb 8, 2024
I think “very much” or “so much” should be accepted for beaucoup. I got it in the end, but had to try various options.
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Level 41
Feb 10, 2024
"Ennui" is polysemic.