Parts of the House in French

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught middle and high school history, and has a master's degree in Islamic law.

If you ever want to really get to know the French, then chances are you'll need to be able to find your way around a French house. This lesson introduces the major rooms of a French residence.

Walking in the Front Door

So you've got your trip to France booked. Looking for an authentic experience, you decide against a hotel and instead are going to stay with an actual French family. Considering that their English is about on par with your French, and that it is their house, you decide that it would probably be a good idea to learn how to describe the rooms of a house in French. After all, it's never a good idea to be looking for the bathroom at 2 am and not know how to say 'bathroom', now is it?

In this lesson, we're going to learn about la maison (pronounced la may-sohn), the house, and les salles (pronounced ley sal-ley), the rooms, that comprise it.

Just a quick note. Sometimes you'll see chez moi (pronounced shey mua). It is a less formal way to say my house. Likewise, you'll occasionally see la chambre (pronounced la shamb-rah) used for room.

Making Yourself at Home

While many French live in un appartement (pronounced uh apar-te-mon), or an apartment, we'll assume we're talking about a house, or maison, here. As you walk up, you'll see le jardin (pronounced luh jahhden), the garden, with plenty of flowers.

So you walk in the house, you enter through la porte (pronounced la port), or the front door. Afterwards, you'll likely end up in le salon (pronounced luh sal-onh), or the living room. You'll find yourself sitting in something with a familiar sounding name, le sofa (pronounced luh sofa), though you may be more at home calling it a couch instead.

Sharing a Meal

After a while, your host family will invite you for a meal. You'll find your seat at la table (pronounced la tab-luh), the table, in la salle à manger (pronounced la sal a man-jeh), the dining room. Soon delicious food will appear from the kitchen, la cuisine (pronounced la cui-sin), which is cooked in the oven, or le four (pronounced la fouh). In case you were curious, the verb to eat is manger (pronounced man-jeh), while to drink is boire (pronounced bwu er).

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