Meals in French
Talking about meals in French is easy once you master this vocab! Find out how to pronounce different words to do with meals in French with this free lesson! Listen to the audio of French words about meals, then practice your pronunciation with our voice recognition tool.
By the end you’ll know how to talk about daily meals, and what to expect when eating in France. I’ve also included the French words for some of my favorite food, so you’ll never go hungry!
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Talking about meals in French
Le petit déjeuner
Le pain au chocolat
Bread with chocolate
“Le petit déjeuner”, breakfast, is usually much lighter than either English or American breakfasts, made of fresh bread, “croissant” or “brioche”.
“Le déjeuner”, lunch, is always taken between 12 and 2 p.m. and sometimes longer in the sunny south. It is very common for people to enjoy a table red (wine) during a workday lunch.
“Le goûter” is especially popular with children and traditionally involves “pain au chocolat”, which dates back to when plain bread was stuffed with squares of chocolate to surprise children after school!
“Le dîner” is a light evening meal, often made of “potage”, a soup, or “gratin”, vegetables cooked with a crispy cheese topping.
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“L’apéritif” is enjoyed by old and young alike, and consists of a cooked wine, and in some regions a “Muscat”, with savory appetizers intended to open the appetite, such as paté on thin toast.
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Marie-Claire Rivière and the Rocket French Team