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Gthe letter GFrench alphabet
gab
GabrielGabrielFrench names
GabrielleGabrielleFrench names
gâcherto waste, spoil, botch; to temper, mixMdJ - G
une gaffeblunder, clanger/foot in the mouthMdJ - G
gagerto bet, wager; to guarantee (a loan)MdJ - G
un gagne-pain(inf) - jobMdJ - G
gagner
galaxie
une galèregalley (of a ship)MdJ - G
gamin(adj) - mischievous, playful, childishMdJ - G
un gamin(inf) - kid, urchinMdJ - G
une gammerange, variety, line (of products), (music) scaleMdJ - G
des gants (m)glovesAccessories
une garderieday-care center, preschool; after-school center/clubMdJ - G
la garetrain stationTransportation
la gare d"autobusbus stationTransportation
la gare de métrosubway stationTransportation
le gaspi(inf) - wasteApocopes
gaspiller

to waste, squander

MdJ - G
GastonFrench names
le gâteaucakeDessert
gâterto spoil, damage, ruinMdJ - G
gaverto forcefeed; to fill up, cramMdJ - G
le gaz(natural) gas, fizz, windMdJ - G
gazer(inf) - to go, feel, workMdJ - G

gazouiller

to chirp, to babbleMdJ - G
gele
gelerto freeze (literally and figuratively)MdJ - G
gémir

to moan, bemoan, groan; to creak

MdJ - G
gencive
gêner

to bother, to hamper (literally and fig)

MdJ - G
GenevièveFrench names
génial(adj) - of genius, inspired; (inf) - great, coolMdJ - G
le genoukneeBody
gentil(adj) - kind, nice, goodMdJ - G
GeorgesGeorgeFrench names
un gérantmanagerProfessions
GérardGeraldFrench names
gercerto chap, crackMdJ - G
gérerto manage, administerMdJ - G
une gifleslap, smackMdJ - G
GilbertGilbertFrench names
GillesGilesFrench names
giratoire(adj) - gyrating, circular movementMdJ - G
un gîteshelter, tourist cottageMdJ - G
givré(adj) - frosted, covered in frost; (inf) - drunk; crazyMdJ - G
la glaceice cream, mirrorDessert, Furniture
un glaçonice cube; block of iceMdJ - G
gnondent, bump, blowMdJ - G
goberto swallow whole, (inf) to swallow hook, line, and sinkerMdJ - G
godiche(informal adj) silly, awkward, lumpish, oafishMdJ - G
une gommeeraserSchool
gonfler

to inflate, swell; (fam) - to get on one"s nerves

MdJ - G
un/e gosse(inf) - kidMdJ - G
se gourer(fam) - to goof, boob, screw upMdJ - G
le goûtersnackFood
une gouttedrop, gout, (inf) brandyMdJ - G
un grainbean, seed, grain, cerealMdJ - G
grand(adj) - tallDescriptions
un grand magasindepartment storeShopping
une grand-mèregrandmotherFamily
un grand-pèregrandfatherFamily
le gratte-ciel(invariable) - skyscraperMdJ - G
gratterto scratch, to make itch, to earn a bit of moneyMdJ - G
le gréliking, desireMdJ - G
la greffetransplant, graftMdJ - G
GrégoireGregoryFrench names
le grenieratticHome
une griffeclaw; manufacturer"s label, signature stampMdJ - G
grignoterto nibble, gnaw at; to eat away atMdJ - G
un grilsteak/grill panMdJ - G
grimperto climb, clamberMdJ - G
la grippeflu, influenzaMdJ - G
grisgreyColors
grog
grognergrumble, grunt, moanMdJ - G
grognon(adj) - grumpy, gruffMdJ - G
gros(adj) - fatDescriptions
un groupuscule(pej) - small political groupMdJ - G
une gruecrane (machinery and bird)MdJ - G
guetterto watch, watch out for, lie in wait for; to be at risk ofMdJ - G
un guichet automatique de banque (GAB)

ATM / cash dispenser

MdJ - G
un guidonhandlebarsMdJ - G
GuillaumeWilliamFrench names
un guillemetquotation mark, inverted commaPunctuation
GustaveFrench names
GuyBillFrench names

Hthe letter HFrench alphabet
une habitudehabitMdJ - H
hâlerto get some sun (can mean to tan or to burn)MdJ - H
haletant(adj) panting, breathless; suspensefulMdJ - H
hardg
hardx
un haricotbeanVegetables
un hasardcoincidence, chance, fate, luckMdJ - H
hausserto raiseMdJ - H
haut
hautementhighly, veryTrès synonyms
HélèneHelen, EllenFrench names
hemorroides
HenriHenryFrench names
HenrietteHenriettaFrench names
l"heure (f)hour, timeTelling time
heureux(adj) - happyMood

Hexagone (m)

Metropolitan FranceMdJ - H
l"hindiHindiLang + Nat
hisserto hoist, heave, haul upMdJ - H
hiverwinterCalendar
le hockeyhockeyHobbies
holà(interj) - hello! hang on!MdJ - H
un hommea manLiaisons
les hommes arriventthe men arriveOptional liaisons
Honoré(honored)French names
un hôpitalhospitalDirections
hoqueterto hiccup, hiccoughMdJ - H
un horairetimetable, schedule, hourly employeeMdJ - H
une horreurhorror, awfulness; loathingMdJ - H
horripilant(adj) - exasperating, tryingMdJ - H
hors de service
les hors d"oeuvre (m)appetizersFood
hors serviceout of orderTravel
HortenseFrench names
un hôtelhotelAccommodations
hotess de l"air
houleux(adj) - stormy, turbulent, tumultuousMdJ - H
HuguesHugoFrench names
huit8Numbers
humide(adj) - humidWeather
hydratante
hyper(inf) really, megaTrès synonyms
hypertension
hypotension

Ithe letter IFrench alphabet
ici
idée
ilhe, itSubject pronouns
Il estIt isDates
Il est deux heures.It"s two o"clock.Telling time
Il est heureuxHe is happy.Optional liaisons
Il est iciHe is here.Optional liaisons
Il est idiotHe"s an idiot.Optional liaisons
Il est une heure.It"s one o"clock.Telling time
Il fait ....It is...Weather
Il gèleIt"s freezingWeather

illustre

(adj) - illustrious, renownedMdJ - I
Il neigeIt"s snowingWeather
un îlotiercommunity policemanMdJ - I
Il pleutIt"s rainingWeather
Il pleut à verseIt"s pouringWeather
ilstheySubject pronouns
Il s"appelle ....His name is...Introductions
Ils arriveront àThey will arrive atOptional liaisons
Ils ont
Ils ont euThey hadOptional liaisons
imbiberto soak, saturateMdJ - I
imbu(adj) - pompous, full of oneselfMdJ - I
immediatement
immigration
impatient(adj) - impatientPersonality
impec(inf adj) - great! terrific!Apocopes
un imper(inf) - raincoat, macApocopes
un imperméableraincoatClothing
implanterto introduce, settle, establishMdJ - I
Impossible !Impossible!Accent affectif
imprégnerto soak, permeate, fill, pervadeMdJ - I
une imprimanteprinterOffice
impuissant(adj) powerless, helpless, impotentMdJ - I
imputerto attribute/ascribe to; to charge toMdJ - I
incontournableinescapable, inevitable, indispensableMdJ - I
incroyable
indéindy, independent (music, film, etc)MdJ - I
un indexindex finger, forefinger; indexMdJ - I
Indien (ne)IndianLang + Nat
indigné(adj) - unworthy, not worthyMdJ - I
inédit(adj) - unpublished; novel, new, originalMdJ - I
InèsInezFrench names
infecté
infinimentinfinitely, immenselyTrèssynonyms
un infirmier, une infirmièrenurseProfessions
une informationa piece of informationMdJ - I
information touristiquetourist informationTravel
l"informatique(fem) - computer scienceMdJ - I
un ingénieurengineerProfessions
inhalateur
inondation
inopiné(adj) - unexpectedMdJ - I
inouï(adj) - unprecendented, unheard of; extraordinary, incredibleMdJ - I
inquiet(adj) - worriedMood
insisterto stress, be insistent, emphasizeMdJ - I
insomniaque
installerto set up, put in, fit out, get settledMdJ - I
à l"instar defollowing the example ofMdJ - I
intelligent(adj) - smartPersonality
interdit(adj) - banned, forbidden, prohibited; dumbfounded, disconcertedMdJ - I
intéressant(adj) - interesting, attractive, worthwhileMdJ - I
interet
interpellerto call out to; to question; be of concern to, appeal toMdJ - I
un intituléaccount holder"s name; headings, chapter titlesMdJ - I
introductions
invraisemblable(adj) unlikely, improbable, implausible, unimaginableMdJ - I
iode
l"irlandaisGaelic (language)Lang + Nat
Irlandais(e)Irish (person)Lang + Nat
IsaacIsaacFrench names
IsabelleIsabelFrench names
une issueexit, solutionMdJ - I
Italien(ne), l"italienItalianLang + Nat
itou(informal and old-fashioned) - too, likewiseMdJ - I

Jthe letter JFrench alphabet
JacquelineJacquelineFrench names
JacquesJamesFrench names
JacquotJimmyFrench names
J"ai besoin de
jaillirspurt out, gush forth, spring outMdJ - J
j"aimerais
J"ai oublie
J"ai un problèmeI have a problemBasic vocab
J"ai une questionI have a questionBasic vocab
jalonnerto mark (fig); to line, stretch alongMdJ - J
la jambelegBody
le jambonhamMeat
janvierJanuaryCalendar
Japonais(e), le japonaisJapaneseLang + Nat
le jardinyard, gardenHome
le jardinagegardeningHobbies
jauneyellowColors
jeISubject pronouns
un jeanjeansClothing
JeanJohnFrench names
JeanneJoan, Jean, JaneFrench names
JeannineJanineFrench names
JeannotJohnnyFrench names
Je m"appelle ....My name is...Introductions
Je ne comprends pasI don"t understand.Basic vocab
Je ne peux pas manger....I can"t eat...Restaurant
Je ne peux pas trouver ....I can"t find....Travel
Je ne sais pasI don"t knowBasic vocab
Je parle (un peu de) françaisI speak (a little) French.Basic vocab
Je prends ....I"m having...Restaurant
JérômeJeromeFrench names
Je suis ...I am...Restaurant
Je suis alléI wentOptional liaisons
Je suis désolé(e)I"m sorryPoliteness
Je suis perdu.I"m lost.Travel
Je t"adoreI adore youLove language
Je t"aime (aussi)I love you (too)Love language
Je te présente ....I"d like to introduce...Introductions
je t"en prieit was my pleasurePoliteness
un jetontoken; (in a game) - counter, chip; (fam) - bang, dentMdJ - J
le jeuplay, gameMdJ - J
jeudiThursdayCalendar
Je vais bienI"m fineGreetings
Je vais prendre ....I"m going to have...Restaurant
Je voudrais ....I would like...Restaurant
Je voudrais parler à ....I"d like to speak to....On the phone
Je vous en prieIt was my pleasurePoliteness
Je vous le passe.I"m transferring your call.On the phone
Je vous présente ....

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I"d like to introduce...Introductions
le joggingjoggingHobbies
joli(adj) - good-lookingDescriptions
joliment(inf) reallyTrès synonyms
jonché(adj) - littered, strewn withMdJ - J
JosephJosephFrench names
JoséphineJosephineFrench names
JosetteFrench names
joualinformal dialect of French spoken in QuébecMdJ - J
la jouecheekBody
jouir deto enjoy; (slang) - to orgasmMdJ - J
des joujouxtoysBaby talk
jour
les jours de la semainedays of the weekCalendar
joyeux noel
jucherto perchMdJ - J
juilletJulyCalendar
juinJuneCalendar
JulesJuliusFrench names
JulieJulieFrench names
JulienJulianFrench names
JulietteJulietFrench names
une jupeskirtWomen"s clothing
jupiter
un juponhalf slipWomen"s clothing
jure
le jusjuiceDrinks
justement(adv) - exactly, rightly, just, in factMdJ - J