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Random French Words #1

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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Last updated: August 8, 2019
First submittedSeptember 30, 2014
Times taken101,370
Average score79.2%
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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 16
Oct 28, 2014
Please accept boring or bore for ennui
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Level 84
Nov 5, 2014
Bore yes, boring no.
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Level 45
Mar 25, 2019
And also accept y'all for vous because vous can me you (plural) or you (formal)
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Level 28
Jan 21, 2021
in 59 seconds
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Level 50
Jun 8, 2022
it so weird for me to see bore instead of boring, idk y
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Level 66
Sep 15, 2016
Boring is ennuyant.
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Level 66
Apr 23, 2017
En fait, c'est le participe présent. You're mixing it with "ennuyait", which is the actual "imparfait"^^
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Level 20
Jan 2, 2018
it can be either ennuyant or ennuyeux, but it's most often used to talk about something that is ennuyeux, because ennuyant is more like an annoying thing.
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Level 37
Dec 16, 2016
ennui is the act of being bored; therefore only boredom is appropriate.
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Level 72
Jul 23, 2021
Problem or issue would also be acceptable alternatives...
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Level 60
Jan 15, 2017
bore is ennuyer in ffench
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Level 60
May 10, 2017
ennuyeux
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Level 33
Dec 18, 2020
0
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Level 89
Oct 31, 2014
Please accept fashionable for haute.
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Level 78
Nov 5, 2014
haute couture means "high fashion". haute only means high in french. couture could mean fashionable. but more in the english adoption. the quiz is for what they actually mean in french, i.e. chef is boss, not guy that cooks food
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Level 84
Nov 5, 2014
The problem with literal translations... "haute couture" is an expression equivalent to "high fashion", indeed, but "couture" translates into sewing and our word for fashion is "mode".
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Level 84
Nov 5, 2014
Anyway, haute has another acceptation. We use it as an informal abbreviation to refer to "high society".
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Level 42
Aug 4, 2019
No we don't.
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Level 45
Feb 20, 2021
Yes we do. "Les gens de la haute" means "people from high society". Just because you don't know an expression doesn't mean it doesn't exists.
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Level 55
Apr 15, 2021
"l'haute"?
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Level 43
Jan 26, 2016
"Please accept a wrong answer".
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Level 69
Dec 7, 2016
Hugest NO ever.
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Level 87
Jun 28, 2018
Anyone for Terre Haute cuisine?
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Level 37
Oct 10, 2018
All that means (Terre Haute) is High Land.
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Level 87
Feb 8, 2020
That went très haut over your tête.
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Level 67
Jul 23, 2021
Is that toilet wine?
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Level 47
Nov 5, 2014
Boredom
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Level 64
Nov 5, 2014
Please accept difficulties for ennui and problems
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Level 84
Nov 5, 2014
I would agree if it were the plural "ennuis" but it doesn't fit the singular indeed.
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Level 57
Nov 5, 2014
I think it does. "J'ai un ennui mecanique" or "L'ennui, c'est que..." would be two of the many examples where ennui can actually mean problem or difficulty.
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Level ∞
Jun 17, 2016
Problem or difficulty will work now
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Level 70
Sep 4, 2016
I'm confused at the appearance of "ennui" in this quiz, as it is a 100% migrated loan word and appears in English dictionaries. Since it means the same thing, "ennui" itself really should be accepted as an answer.
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Level 87
Feb 8, 2020
You must be ennuyé.
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Level 60
Jan 15, 2017
des difficultés
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Level 84
Nov 5, 2014
I could'nt remember "farewell". Fortunately, "goodbye" works... which is not quite correct. In regular French, "adieu" is only used for the last goodbye (and it literally means "to God").
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Level 60
Jan 15, 2017
the correct is au revoir
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Level 67
Dec 11, 2018
Wow I know the etymology for quite a few words. Eventhough adieu isnt in my language. After seeing your explanation I am surprised I have never seen that !!

(Well we sort of have a mangled form of it in certain dialects I believe, come to think of it. Aju)

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Level 37
Aug 17, 2019
^ Or " Ajo" (Papiamentu).
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Level 67
Dec 11, 2018
Goodbye is similar though (if I remember correctly) god be with you (allmost typed by god, but think it is the previous)
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Level 44
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 84
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 73
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 77
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 60
Jan 15, 2017
Au revoir definition, until we see each other again; goodbye for the present.
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Level 60
Jan 15, 2017
re voir = see you again
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Level 64
Nov 6, 2014
Wrong should also be accepted for Faux
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Level 67
Feb 25, 2015
Yes, please
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Level 43
Jan 26, 2016
totally, "wrong" is the first that came to my mind and I'm french.
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Level 69
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 62
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 87
Feb 8, 2020
Accept Fox?
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Level 75
Nov 6, 2014
Please accept 'rude' or 'tacky' for gauche. This is just as common a meaning as 'left.'
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Level 84
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 43
Jan 26, 2016
Arp is right by far.
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Level 43
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 70
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 26
Nov 29, 2014
This thing is really hard, and im doing French at school!
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Level 25
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 59
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 25
Nov 9, 2015
*simple
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Level 66
Dec 7, 2015
Funny that the only word here that's used in English is the least guessed.
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Level 29
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 61
Aug 17, 2020
That's how it is used in English. But in French, it has a broader meaning.
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Level 59
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 69
Dec 7, 2016
Awesome! Congrats :).
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Level 67
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 51
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 84
Jun 11, 2018
don't call Tom a gross titty
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Level 69
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 74
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 56
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 25
Jul 8, 2016
Great ego jab! :)
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Level 66
Sep 15, 2016
Being Canadian, i found this very easy.
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Level 15
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 68
Dec 7, 2016
I live in Canada and I only got 12 :(
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Level 75
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 70
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 52
Dec 7, 2016
what about mistake for faux?
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Level 84
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 78
Aug 30, 2019
so "mistaken" then
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Level 60
Jan 15, 2017
mais oui, I got 100 %
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Level 37
Feb 16, 2017
moi aussi
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Level 49
May 7, 2017
Ennui should also be translated as "bother"
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Level 61
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 84
May 11, 2017
But cook should be accepted indeed.
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Level 75
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 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 14
Dec 16, 2017
I finished with 1:46 mins remaining
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Level 85
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 35
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 70
Jul 8, 2021
The closest in English is probably "world-weariness".
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Level 35
Apr 29, 2018
100% because I'm french! This helps to practice my English :)
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Level 68
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 66
Jul 22, 2018
wrong and incorrect should be right and correct for faux.
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Level 34
Aug 29, 2018
You accept lots but not plenty? ... so shortsighted
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Level 84
Aug 29, 2019
Seconded. Plenty should be accepted.
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Level 33
Sep 21, 2018
great quiz, i study for french class using this
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Level 53
Mar 29, 2019
Faux news... easy one!
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Level 59
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 84
Aug 29, 2019
I think it's a Jules Verne reference.
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Level 61
Jul 24, 2021
That sounds like something from Monty Python!
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Level 67
Aug 29, 2019
When you try Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Thursday, then give up...
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Level 53
Nov 28, 2020
lol
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Level 28
Aug 30, 2019
got 9/24 and I cheated :/
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Level 87
Feb 8, 2020
Head chef is almost repetitive.
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Level 53
Apr 11, 2020
i did it!!! :D *closes Google Translate*
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Level 24
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 72
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 61
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 53
Nov 28, 2020
i only got nine but to be fair im only in my fifth month of french
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Level 64
Jan 28, 2021
I've never had any French and got 15.
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Level 53
Feb 8, 2021
update it is now been 7 months and i got 12
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Level 51
Dec 14, 2020
"Faux" also means "scythe". Great quizz otherwise
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Level 72
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 57
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 65
Mar 16, 2021
please accept bore, bored, and boring for ennui
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Level 59
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 16
Nov 27, 2021
Vous is they, not you.Tu is you
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Level 75
Mar 4, 2022
You must be a French teacher.
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Level 18
May 7, 2022
NAILED IT,24/24
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Level 32
Aug 3, 2022
Im french!