Common French Words

Many experts believe that 300 words may be enough to carry on everyday conversation in French, which means that very little memorizing will do the work! Here is a list of the 300 most common French words. Learn these and you are well on your way!

Here are some of the most basic French words to get you started. Further on in this lesson we will look at the pronunciation of these and many more French words.

  • Le - The / him / her / it / them
  • De - Of / from / some / any
  • Un - A / an / one
  • À - To / at / in
  • Être - To be / being
  • Et - And
  • En - In / by
  • Avoir - To have
  • Que - That / which / who / whom
  • Pour - For / in order to

Phew! That was a long one with lots to remember! Make sure you check out these lessons on French words: French swear words (R18!) and common French travel words and phrases.

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


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