What is your favorite french word to say?
Maybe Duolingo will create a poll...my votes are for
as in "l'araignée porte un portefeuille"
La poubelle (trashcan). If you are especially fond of yours you might call it: "La plus belle poubelle !"
My sisters name is Adèle and I use to say when I was little Adèle la plus belle when i needed something from her or Adèle la poubelle when i was mad at her hehe.
I fell in love with the word "adaptateur" (adapter) much to my surprise! It's just so bouncy and fun to say!
Also, "parapluie" (umbrella) is another favorite, as well as "vraiment" (truly). And a bunch of others!
How could I forget to include avec? Great choice. Not only is it lovely, but it's one of the words easiest to recognize by ear (at least for me). So...je suis d'accord avec vous. :-)
i especially like fromage because i like to eat it, and it's just a fun, positive word.
I'm a fan of 'orange', particularly when I have to tell people I am eating one!
Actually, it means to put grapes into a wine funnel and to trample it. And I had to search in Le Littré (an old dictionary) to find it, the only word actually used with that root is chantepleure (the wine funnel), and I think you won't find many people in the streets of France who know that word (well, except winemakers, obviously)
Source : http://artflx.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/dicos/pubdico1look.pl?strippedhw=chantepleurer&dicoid=LITTRE1872 and me (French is my native tongue, and I still live in France).
I just thought of another - Ronronner - to purr.
Le chat ronronne.
Good for practising that rolled. R :-)
It's funny how if you are English you can say French r are rolled but when you're French you can't.
I love to say adaptateur. It just rolls off the tongue so nicely! Also yaourt has such a weird sound to it. It's so fun to say!
I recently saw a band from Quebec named "De temps antan" which is rather a nice play on words. It means "of olden times"or "from yesteryear".
Exactly - http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/french-english/bof It is fun to say though!
I'm a fan of avec and cherche not only because of how they sound, but once I learned what they meant, it added to my knowing some lyrics in Les Miserablés! :)
Oooh, also tombé!
Definitely incroyable! I love the scene in the Incredibles: "Monsieur Incroyable!?"
Not so much a word as a phrase "mon/ma petit(e) lapin". It means "my little rabbit" and is a term of endearment.
Many of the words presented here are among my favorites also, but I didn't see my personal #1 favorite: "quelque chose". Quelque chose was the first word that truly made me feel like I was speaking french despite having learned other words before it, and there are so many opportunities to say it.
"Le pamplemousse" has been my favorite since my middle school French class. We were playing Pictionary on the board and I drew a moose with a pimple on its nose; my friend knew exactly what I was trying to draw!
I have a new favourite - 'vrombir' - to throb/hum.
Le moteur vrombissait...
My favourite french words are four-digit numbers ... when they are pronounced quickly ))
I don't have a favorite word to say, but when I listen I can't help but smile every time I hear someone say "donc".
I agree with this. The sound of it seems to stick out like a sore thumb from the normal sounds of the French language.
My favorite has to be,<h1>à.</h1>
The most epic word I have ever had the honor to encounter.
Wow, that is hard. For now (as I am still learning more words), the words that I can think of that I love hearing and saying are (sorry for the mispellings): chaussette, fromage, soixante, couleur, and merci. These to me are either very cute sounding, or just sounds really French!
I'm sure I'll think of more words once I post this message. :-)
The question reminded me of this passage from Tim Krabbe's book, "The Rider". The book is essentially a first person narrative of the things that go through a rider's mind during a cycle race.
"A nice sentence. I translate it into French, in which, to do something in return, it becomes even nicer: 'J'ai vue ta lumière dans ma jante.' A rich language, French, that can spare a word like jante for a meaning like rim."
Jante...I was just pondering why I know this word...Ah of course! Velox rim tape has "Fond de jante" printed all along its length. :-)
my favorite is la gauteau ( the cake ) le poisson ( the fish ) and j'aime ( i like )
Even though I barely learn French(but still getting pretty good), the one I've heard so far is "Je t'aime", which means "I love you" in French. I say that to my family sometimes. That's why it is my favorite French word so far.
I agree with parapluie - so much nicer than umbrella! I have to laugh at poubelle because it rhymes with my last name. Ugh, of all words, my name rhymes with one for a trashcan!
Hello, my favorite word is coquelicot.
I came across this word while i was listening to the audio book of the Little Prince. "Elle ne voulait pas sortir toute fripée comme les coquelicots." "She did not wish to go out into the world all rumpled, like the field poppies"
I also like the words coccinelle and guiliguili.
I'm new to French but I've always had a fondness for the name for a walkway lined with trees or tall. Allée which is not unlike alley but with a French accent. And waking beneath a beautiful row of trees beats turning down a blind alley any day.
Not a word, but a part of a poem by Verlaine:
"Il pleure dans la ville comme il pleure dans my coeur.
Great imagery and wistful, it always reminds of France
My favorite French words include: Today (Aujhourd'hui), Candy (Bonbon), and Pineapple Juice. (Jus d'ananas). It's really fun to say imo because it sounds so mellow and sweet.
Right now, it's fer de lance (le serpent venimeux). Doesn't that sound better than calling it a spearhead snake?
I like 'tatouage'. I also like to say cities like Strasbourg or Luxembourg in the French way, it sounds so much better than in Hungarian :D
I'm probably not spelling this right, but my favorite is "fer mere la bush," which means shut your mouth. I use this all the time with my French cousins lol
"Ferme la bouche!" You don't really hear this, though. You're much more likely to hear "Ferme ta gueule !" or simply "Ta guele !" which are actually quite rude. You will also hear "Tais-toi !" - "Be quiet!"
Un mot français que j'aime est "macaron" ~ ça semble fantastique! lol ~ Et ce sont délicieux!
Yes. It is a nice word to pronounce. Also "orange" - In French sounds exotic! (hahahaha)
I like to say framboise (raspberry) because it sounds like a baby is trying to say flamboyant.
intergouvernemental (intergovernmental) IT'S THE LONGEST FRENCH WORDDDDDD
Thanks to everyone for contributing. I now have some new favorites!
ps. I am on the household objects lesson...meubles, fourchette!
My favorite word is " Oiseau" all the vowels are in the word but no vowel is pronounced correctely. Even the "S" letter is in this case pronounced "z"