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!
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