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Music in French

This free online French lesson will teach you about music in French (musique)and some of the French music words you need to know – just listen to the audio for the French pronunciation and practice saying the French words and phrases aloud. Being able to talk about music in French is a great way to start a conversation with a native French speaker – after all, music is a universal language! Perhaps you’re traveling in a French-speaking country and you want to buy some French music – how would you ask for what you want in French?

Talking about music in French

La musique


Ce CD est à combien s'il vous plait ?

How much is this CD please?

Avez-vous de la musique classique ?

Do you stock classical music?

Avez-vous de la musique rock ?

Do you have rock music?

Je cherche du Jack Johnson, en avez-vous ?

I am looking for music by Jack Johnson, do you have any?

French music

You might notice a couple of interesting (or puzzling!) points here. The word for "music" becomes feminine in French! This is because French has distinctions for every single name or noun, and all of them are either masculine or feminine in gender. Weird, but absolutely true!

Another point is that when you are asking about a musical artist, as in Jack Johnson, this becomes “some” in French, or “du”. For example, you could say “du Brel”, “du Pink Floyd” or “du Tchaikovsky”!

Here are some useful words when listening to music at home, in the car or at a concert.

C'est trop fort !

It's too loud!

Il a une belle voix

He has a beautiful voice

Cette chanson me plaît

I really like this song

Aimes-tu cette chanson ?

Do you like this song?

If you want more French lessons on hobbies and activities then check out this lesson on sports in French and this one on shopping in French!

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