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Words used in English Conversation...

How many of these French words do you use in your English conversation everyday...?

 

cuisine
rendez-vous
RSVP (Répondez, s'il vous plaît)
protégé
petit
à la carte
au naturel
bon appétit
chic
critique
cul de sac
déjà vu
en route
faux pas
foie gras
hors d'œuvre
pot-pourri
sans
souvenir
touché

Aug 8, 2014 6:32 PM
Comments · 19

I just wanted to 'thumbs up' the Michel Thomas reference.  For English speakers wanting to study major European languages, it is a great place to begin.

 

Here is a BBC program about Michel Thomas, in three parts:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8jhy7ZQC38
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k733oJ9DEvk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBs0AuZEvNs

August 8, 2014

Thanks Jane, Michel Thomas says on his French CD that 60% of the English language are French words. In fact all English words ending in; ible, able, ent, ant, ical, ance, ence, ary... are from French, and the list continues.

 

You are right, I should have included 'Aperitif', we use that in restaurants all the time.

 

Thanks Norman Invasion.

August 8, 2014

You forgot some...

 

Aide memoire

Amuse bouche

Aperitif

Art nouveau

Au contraire

Au pair

Au revoir

Avant garde

Baguette

Billet-doux

Blasé

Bon appétit

Bon mot

Bon vivant

Bourgeois

Bric-à-brac

Brioche

Cachet

Carte blanche

C'est la vie

Cliché

Communiqué

Contretemps

Coquette

Cortège

Cordon bleu

Coup d'état

Couture

Crèche

De rigeur

Découpage....

 

I'll stop there as I'm only at the begining of the letter D...

 

August 8, 2014

I just thought of something, most of the French words above are actually the English word. There is no other English word for cuisine or souvenir, we use the French word.

August 19, 2014

There is also the word Affaire

Like in " love affair "

And many words related to dating and gallatery 

August 11, 2014
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