Food in French

The common words for food in French are aliments or nourriture. Find out more words for foods in French with this free lesson! Listen to the audio of the French food words and practice your pronunciation with our voice recognition tool.

Also, 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!

Talking about Food in French

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!

More Food in French

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

That should be more than a healthy serving of French food vocabulary!

If you want dessert then try these lessons on French vocabulary:


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


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Note that the tests below are listed from easiest to hardest.

Hear It Say It!

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Improve your understanding of spoken French. With Hear it Say it! you can tune your ear to French, increase your vocabulary and improve your pronunciation at the same time! Ready?

  • Click the Get Started button below
  • LISTEN to the audio (and touch up your pronunciation with Rocket Record if you like; Chrome/Firefox/Edge desktop browsers only)
  • Click REVEAL to see the word/phrase and see the translation
  • Just click your RATING to continue

See how many words you've rated at each level below. Just click on the number below each rating to review your words and phrases.

Write It!

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Write it! helps you to improve your written French and your understanding of sentence structures. Just listen to the audio and type in what you hear!

  • Click the Get Started button below
  • LISTEN to the audio
  • WRITE down, in French, what you hear
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  • Your answer will be automatically RATED, just click the rating to continue


Click the keyboard icon for a French keyboard

Know It!

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Know it! tests you on your ability to translate English to French! Ready?

  • Click the Get Started button below
  • READ the word/phrase
  • RECORD yourself saying it in French (Chrome/Firefox/Edge desktop browsers only)
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