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French Food Words

by Rosetta Stone
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France is renowned for its exquisite cuisine. And for many tourists visiting the country, eating out is one of the most enjoyable parts of their vacation. Because eating is both a necessity, and a pleasurable part of your travels, learning French food words becomes an important part of your vocabulary.

You’ll surely recognize at least some of these popular French dishes as they frequently appear on menus across the globe: Soufflé, Ratatouille, Coq au vin, Boeuf Bourguignon, Cassoulet. Also, many French food terms are used so seamlessly in everyday life in the U.S., you may forget they’re French in origin. Examples such as à la carte, au jus, au gratin, crème brûlée, and café au lait, just to name a few.

But you may not know that many foods and food related words in French are remarkably close to their English translation:

  • le restaurant = restaurant
  • le croissant = croissant
  • le dîner = dinner
  • le porc = pork
  • le veau = veal
  • la salade = salad
  • la vanille = vanilla
  • la crème = cream

Bon appétit!

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