French Food Words

Warning: Today’s free audio lesson on French food words will make your mouth water! But if you want to master the art of dining in a French restaurant AND polish your French pronunciation at the same time, this lesson has your name on it!
 
I’ve listed some common French menu items with audio so you’ll be able to recognize them next time you’re dining French-style. I’ve also included some common French words and phrases that may come in useful when listening or speaking to the waiter.
 
Bon appétit!

Saying French Food Words

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Avez-vous ?
Do you have?
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Sont-ils ?
Are they?
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Du beurre
Some butter
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Une bière
A beer
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Le boeuf
Beef
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Le chocolat chaud
Hot chocolate
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Les fruits de mer
Seafood
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Les desserts
Desserts
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Les escargots
Snails
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Des fruits frais
Fresh fruit
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Les pâtisseries
Cakes
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Sans oignons
Without onions
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Le poisson grillé
Grilled fish
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Le vin blanc
White wine
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Sel et poivre
Salt and pepper

While you're practicing these delicious French words and phrases, you can also begin to practice some of the trickier spellings as well. Many people find that the ultimate challenge in French pronunciation is the sound of the French “r.”  As in any new vocal exercise, it’s about using parts of our vocal apparatus not commonly used and then practicing a lot.

It’s worth remembering that the reverse challenge also applies to non- English speakers when they learn to speak English. For them, dropping their “r”s is almost always very difficult! Don’t be shy about really making the most of the French “r” – you’ll sound a lot more convincing and people will admire your efforts to tackle the language on its own terms!

Some of the vowel combinations you’ll come across, like “ieu,” “eau,” or “oeu,” also need to be recognized and practiced. If you can make yourself understood when you’re talking about food, you’ll be welcomed into the French culture with open arms!

Que désirez-vous aujourd’hui?  What would you like today?

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Comme entrée ?
For starters?
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Le plat principal
The main dish
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Le potage
Soup
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La crème de champignons
Cream of mushrooms
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Le feuilleté
Savory pastry
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Les moules marinières
Mussels in white wine
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Les cuisses de grenouilles
Frogs' legs
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Le pâté de campagne
Fresh pate
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Le châteaubriand
Porterhouse steak
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L’entrecôte Bercy
Rump steak in white wine
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Le filet en croûte
Beef Wellington
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La daube de poisson
Fish casserole
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Le gratin de légumes
Vegetable pie
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Le gratin dauphinois
Scalloped potatoes
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Les poires Belle Hélène
Pears in syrup
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Les crêpes flambées
Pancakes glazed with brandy
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La crème brûlée
Fresh cream with caramel
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Les fromages
Cheeses
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Juste le temps
Just enough time
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Mettre le couvert
Set the table
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Les cuillères à dessert
Dessert spoons
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Le couteau
The knife
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La fourchette
The fork
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Je viens de…
I have just…
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L’apéro/L’apéritif
The aperitif
That should be more than a healthy serving of food-related vocabulary!

À bientôt!
Marie-Claire Rivière and the Rocket French Team

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