https://www.duolingo.com/lil-prickly

What is your favorite french word to say?

Maybe Duolingo will create a poll...my votes are for

l'araignée (spider)

portefeuille (wallet)

as in "l'araignée porte un portefeuille"

October 11, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/lucy615

La poubelle (trashcan). If you are especially fond of yours you might call it: "La plus belle poubelle !"

October 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jacquigraham8

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.

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Squ4redC1rcle

lol

October 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/YunggFysh

hehehe i like that to but my personal favourite is parapluie

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Garrett2015

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!

October 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Leonielei

I've forever been in love with the Word 'avec'. Love how it sounds

October 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Garrett2015

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. :-)

October 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AdriannaMoore

Fromage

October 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Weeb-Ninja

i especially like fromage because i like to eat it, and it's just a fun, positive word.

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/schergjd

Le singe mange une orange.

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ

Soixante-dix (Seventy)

October 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/deludedpenguin

I'm a fan of 'orange', particularly when I have to tell people I am eating one!

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/earthkissed

pantoufle (slipper)

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PaulSliazas

Mine is Chantepleurer ( it's crying and singing at the same time ) :D

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CoiledSpring

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).

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Gavier

I just thought of another - Ronronner - to purr.

Le chat ronronne.

Good for practising that rolled. R :-)

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Shinish

It's funny how if you are English you can say French r are rolled but when you're French you can't.

April 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Super-Svensk

I like eu.

October 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ElePhonkey

I like the word "beaucoup".

October 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/toussaintlou

Petit-pois

October 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/meadhbh_01

Une tortue! (turtle) sounds very cutie.

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RunningFrog

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!

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Vologirl-chan

My votes are for "temps"(time) and "Français" (French) :D

October 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/trycja_

Sameee, 'de temps en temps' sounds so lovely to me.

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Gavier

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".

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Vologirl-chan

I agree !!! X3

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Tessallation

Always loved the sound of l'air du temps ...

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dianajwright

Bof. (My favourite French word, not a comment on this thread.)

October 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JoniBHeart

So that means "okay" or "whatever?"

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dianajwright
October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/rjmcgrew

Frissonner (to shiver/shudder/tremble)

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/NYC-Rocker

Bougie ! (Candle) It activates my silliness mode.

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Yummybombsthor

Bibliotheque (Library)

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Tessallation

I love the word library in any language!

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/_Omar_18

Maintenant ( Now ) and Aujourd'hui ( Today ) <3

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/aadach

L'agrafeuse! (stapler)

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ivyohio

PATATE

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MegatronPoor

Noice

October 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sibhreach

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!

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/slatour

Hard to choose! Ma femme and I still comment when doing lessons "Oooh. I like that word!" So far I have liked everone's choices, and I will add my favorite answer when somone asks for my help at work: Jamais!

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Jelhi

Incroyable!

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bigglesworth

Definitely incroyable! I love the scene in the Incredibles: "Monsieur Incroyable!?"

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/christie200118

aujourd'hui

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CeliCM

Not so much a word as a phrase "mon/ma petit(e) lapin". It means "my little rabbit" and is a term of endearment.

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/asachdev1

Hippopotame! It's such an effervescent word for such an ugly animal!

October 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sierrag223

I like "Poupee" (doll)

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/YGlen
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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.

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Gavier

pamplemousse! :-)

..and curiously it can be masculine OR feminine.

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lil-prickly

the grapefruit, it does not care!

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/caitlincook918

"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!

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Gavier

I have a new favourite - 'vrombir' - to throb/hum.
Le moteur vrombissait...

November 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DeepShadow

My favourite french words are four-digit numbers ... when they are pronounced quickly ))

October 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Sue.Bee

I like "parapluie" (umbrella) and "pamplemousse" (grapefruit).

October 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/wildfood

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".

October 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SJMaynard

I agree with this. The sound of it seems to stick out like a sore thumb from the normal sounds of the French language.

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/boxspah

<<Donc>> est dank.

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/VioletteNoire

My favorite has to be,

<h1>à.</h1>

The most epic word I have ever had the honor to encounter.

October 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin

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. :-)

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/elennaaaahh

homard

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dkahn400

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."

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Gavier

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. :-)

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dkahn400

Looks like I've flushed out a fellow cyclist.

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Gavier

Tout à fait! :-)

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JacobHeffington

Oui

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Emma55778

Agree with l'aragnée and un portefeuille, but my favorite is donc!

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AndrijVP

I like "C'est vrai".

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LeaCaroline

Moi aussi! It sounds good and is so easy to use at any moment.

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Klange05

my favorite is la gauteau ( the cake ) le poisson ( the fish ) and j'aime ( i like )

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OxanaErmos

le gâteau :)

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/GeeOhGolly

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.

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Bee_and_Puppycat

Enchanté. It sounds so elegant! :D

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/blairtj

I agree, enchanté seems the essence of "Frenchness". And similarly is "monsieur-dame" when being greeted as a couple.

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ZoranS.

Merci. :)

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ionutzzC

i like the verb "aimer" (to love)

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Umiman

Mine would have to be 'Formidable' (meaning both awesome and tiresome)

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jacquigraham8

melange !

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/nicenessisme

I don't know but frankly I like the word beaucoup, not sure why though

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Michele129966

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!

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/eittek

Abeille! Such a cute word

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Looselinks

Oeuf

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/oliviacooper3600

la confiture! (jam)

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lynne196425

canard

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AnthonyP16

la douche

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/cathy_mccann

C'est Gratuit - those words always make me happy

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AroopGhosh

aérienne (as in la compagnie aérienne = the airline)

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Okana3

Hello, my favorite word is coquelicot.

http://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais-anglais/coquelicot/19068

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.

http://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais-anglais/coccinelle/16686?q=coccinelle+

http://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais-anglais/guili-guili/38535?q=guili

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Gavier

guiliguili - as in Complètement à jeun!

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/_brianan_

Mine is dimanche- it sounds so cute

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/EddieC3

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.

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/wilkesjk

Meubles (furniture)

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/GoldenDusty

Mine is "Super". It sounds great when spoken.

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Feeniqs

Cette pomme.....

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Kunal21chauhan

"bonjour"

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LeftWest

desole (sorry)

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/cathy_mccann

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

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Matsuke

La mouche! I can't say it without drawing out the ou sound.

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/xAngelique

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.

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/xxxman360

Ordinateur, parce que j'utilise ça tout le jour.

April 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/PepoRamire

Merci!

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/WhimbreI

Right now, it's fer de lance (le serpent venimeux). Doesn't that sound better than calling it a spearhead snake?

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/hanga22

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

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KitPluimer1

le champignon (mushroom) and soixante (60)

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/tijn123

yay

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lumidd

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

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dkahn400

"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!"

October 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lumidd

Thanks! Now I know how it's spelled^^

October 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Babbylover

Fille

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Emily758452

consciencieux

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/-Minami-

Amour, Enchanté, I like these words

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SHARARARA

i absolutely love saying "Merci, beaucoup"

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/chispi2709

cochon

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lyoninyo

S'il vous plait

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/kadianfish

I love the cat

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/hamouzza

Bonsoir

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/delyonbeast

Blanc comme neige(white like snow)

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Cokur

la bise

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LarcosVers

Un mot français que j'aime est "macaron" ~ ça semble fantastique! lol ~ Et ce sont délicieux!

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/GarridoSebastian

I agree Larcos! And I also like "fromage"

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FerdiDrapo

La durée, oh là là!

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Carlosprado2015

Yes. It is a nice word to pronounce. Also "orange" - In French sounds exotic! (hahahaha)

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/IsisPuppyCute

garcon boy

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/siddeeb

au'jourdui is my favorite french word

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dkahn400

But that's today, what will it be tomorrow?

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/siddeeb

demain lol

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LeeBrownst1

cloître (cloister)

October 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/s158568

Il mange et je mange or Tu manges

October 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MegatronPoor

I like to say framboise (raspberry) because it sounds like a baby is trying to say flamboyant.

October 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MegatronPoor

intergouvernemental (intergovernmental) IT'S THE LONGEST FRENCH WORDDDDDD

October 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lil-prickly

Thanks to everyone for contributing. I now have some new favorites!

ps. I am on the household objects lesson...meubles, fourchette!

October 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/fckdeze

formidable - wonderful

October 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/africanbadgyal

Merci is my favorite word to say

March 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LorenaDonato4

garcon

April 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/lilyisthebest12

J’aime marionette et W

April 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankMelhu

Je suis anglais.

June 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Koss166988

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"

September 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ribbonhead

parapluie Looks like quite a few people's favourite word starts with a 'p'.

May 12, 2019
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