A Frequency Dictionary of French: Core Vocabulary for by Deryle Lonsdale, Yvon Le Bras

By Deryle Lonsdale, Yvon Le Bras

A Frequency Dictionary of French is a useful instrument for all rookies of French, offering an inventory of the 5000 most often used phrases within the language.

Based on a 23-million-word corpus of French inclusive of written and spoken fabric either from France and in a foreign country, this dictionary offers the consumer with precise info for every of the 5000 entries, together with English equivalents, a pattern sentence, its English translation, utilization facts, and a sign of sign in edition.

Users can entry the pinnacle 5000 phrases both during the major frequency directory or via an alphabetical index. through the frequency directory there are thematically-organized lists of the head phrases from a number of key subject matters comparable to activities, climate, garments, and kin terms.

An enticing and hugely resource, the Frequency Dictionary of French will allow scholars of all degrees to get the main out in their learn of French vocabulary.

Deryle Lonsdale is affiliate Professor within the Linguistics and English Language division at Brigham younger collage (Provo, Utah). Yvon Le Bras is affiliate Professor of French and division Chair of the French and Italian division at Brigham younger collage (Provo, Utah).

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74 | 8682 257 ouvrir v to open * s'il vous plaît, ouvrez les yeux -- please open your eyes 83 | 5254 258 gagner v to win, earn * que le meilleur gagne -- may the best man win 88 | 3492 259 exemple nm example * ces exemples sont encore bien pauvres -- these examples are still very weak 73 | 8876 260 ville nf city * nous étions de la même ville -- we were from the same city 81 | 5914 261 économique nadj(f) economic, economical * le rétablissement économique de l'Asie est plus rapide que prévu -- Asian economic recovery is faster than projected 77 | 7421 262 mesure nf measure * écrire me libère dans une certaine mesure -- writing liberates me to a certain extent 70 | 9966 263 histoire nf history, story * on a raconté d'amusantes histoires -- we told funny stories 80 | 6193 264 haut adv,nadj top, high * voilà qui vous lancera dans la haute société -- that's who will launch you into high society 84 | 4897 265 ensuite adv next * ensuite il va au restaurant -- then he's going to the restaurant 88 | 3533 266 guerre nf war * c'est nul, la guerre!

Essayez d'être heureuse -- life is too short. try to be happy 78 | 9356 Page 16 2 Body tête 343 F head voix 414 F voice main 418 F hand œil 474 M eye esprit 538 M mind sein 563 M bosom cœur 568 M heart pied 626 M foot langue 712 F tongue sang 1126 M blood bras 1253 M arm visage 1292 M face côte 1385 F rib (also coast) dos 1672 M back front 1729 M forehead figure 1825 F face (also figure) bouche 1838 F mouth oreille 1884 F ear doigt 1938 M finger cerveau 1990 M brain peau 2122 F skin cheveu 2296 M hair sac 2343 M sac organe 2417 M organ jambe 2472 F leg épaule 2494 F shoulder nez 2661 M nose tissu 2696 M tissue dent 2784 F tooth cadavre 2892 M corpse lèvre 2927 F lip cul 2949 M ass genou 2967 M knee gueule 3015 F mouth ventre 3150 M belly chair 3260 F flesh pouce 3298 M thumb cou 3820 M neck poing 3889 M fist joue 3932 F cheek os 4092 M bone poitrine 4168 F breast gorge 4194 F throat crâne 4314 M skull coude 4404 M elbow poumon 4679 M lung poil 4723 M hair foie 4817 M liver talon 5049 M heel barbe 5053 F beard veine 5263 F vein cuisse 5292 F thigh rein 5493 M kidney muscle 5860 M muscle fesse 6087 F buttock estomac 6209 F stomach ongle 6275 F fingernail cheville 6313 F ankle sourcil 6344 M eyebrow moustache 6360 F moustache hormone 6434 F hormone tumeur 6450 F tumor 196 laisser v to leave * il va nous laisser tranquilles -- he'll leave us alone 77 | 9854 197 ordre nm order * ce sont des scientifiques de premier ordre -- they are first-rate scientists 86 | 5610 198 devant adv,nm,prep in front, ahead * une fumée montait devant nous sur l'horizon -- smoke billowed ahead of us on the horizon 81 | 7783 199 recevoir v to receive * il n'a plus reçu de lettres de moi -- he didn't receive any more letters from me 82 | 7201 200 répondre v to answer * j'aimerais y répondre par une autre question -- I would like to respond to it with another question 83 | 6672 201 vivre nm,v to live * aucune Marocaine ne vit seule dans le quartier -- no Moroccan woman lives alone in the neighborhood 80 | 8023 202 long adv,nadj long, lengthy * l'éducation sur le long terme paiera, j'en suis convaincu -- long-term education pays off, I'm convinced of that 82 | 6947 203 service nm service * je faisais mon service militaire -- I was doing my military service 75 | 10131 204 ministre nm,nf minister * les ministres se sont réunis dans la nuit -- the ministers met during the night 57 | 20107-l 205 face nf front, side, face * on s'est trouvés face à face -- we found ourselves face to face 85 | 5438 206 chez prep at, with * elle ira peut être vivre définitivement chez lui -- she might go live with him permanently 78 | 8646 207 te pro you, to you, from you * je vais t'emmener chez un médecin -- I'm going to take you to a doctor 51 | 23312-n +s 208 rappeler v to recall, call back * je ne me rappelle pas avoir été aussi heureux -- I don't remember having been that happy 86 | 4966 Page 17 209 présenter v to present * papa je te présente Claire -- daddy, this is Claire 79 | 8243 210 accepter v to accept * j'accepte avec plaisir votre aimable invitation -- I accept with pleasure your kind invitation 87 | 4705 211 agir v to act * c'est le moment d'agir -- now is the time to act 78 | 8418 212 simple nadj(f) simple * on préférerait une réponse simple -- we would prefer a simple answer 90 | 3579 213 plusieurs det,adj,pro several * il y a plusieurs formes d'humour -- there are several types of humor 80 | 7714 214 votre det your * permettez-moi de vous parler dans votre langue -- allow me to speak to you in your language 64 | 15483-n +s 215 important nadj important * c'est une question extrêmement importante -- it's an extremely important question 75 | 9564 216 présent nadj present * il est trop tard pour dîner à présent -- it's too late to have supper now 86 | 5151 217 mieux adji(pl),adv,nm better * je ne vous ai jamais mieux aimée -- I have never loved you more 82 | 6736 218 poser v to put, pose, ask * je ne me posais plus de questions -- I didn't ask myself any more questions 84 | 5949 219 jouer v to play * les enfants jouent dehors -- the children are playing outside 83 | 6092 220 mot nm word * je ne crois pas un mot sorti de ta petite bouche -- I don't believe a single word from your little mouth 81 | 7191 221 reconnaître v to recognize * Joseph reconnut le chant de la grive -- Joseph recognized the thrush's song 85 | 5513 222 force nf force * parle-moi de ces forces surnaturelles -- talk to me of these supernatural forces 80 | 7546 223 situation nf situation * dans des situations aussi difficiles, il faut trancher -- in such difficult situations, drastic measures must be taken 79 | 7616 224 offrir v to offer * alors, je vous offre la vie éternelle -- so I offer you eternal life 87 | 4365 225 près adv,prep near, nearby, close by * il y a un siège vide près de vous -- there's an empty seat near you 81 | 6660 226 choisir v to choose * c'est maintenant le moment de choisir -- now is the moment to choose 89 | 3731 227 national nadj national * il y avait l'intérêt national français -- the national interests of the French were involved 74 | 9570 228 projet nm project * le gouvernement ne financerait aucun projet touchant cette pratique -- the government would not fund any project involving this practice 60 | 16661+s 229 ni conj nor * je ne mange pas de viandes, ni de produits laitiers -- I don't eat meat or dairy products 77 | 8528 230 puis adv then, so * elle a tenté de me tuer, puis elle m'a chassée -- she tried to kill me, then she chased me 72 | 10366 231 toucher nm,v to touch * il lui touche l'épaule -- he touches her shoulder 88 | 4032 232 train nm train * je pris le train pour un aller-retour vers la mer -- I took the train on a round-trip outing to the sea 90 | 3198 233 aujourd'hui adv today * je peux, aujourd'hui encore, en réciter -- even today I can still recite some of them 73 | 9905 234 comment adv,conj,intj,nmi how * voyons un peu comment les choses se sont passées -- let's take a look at how things unfolded 72 | 10133+s 235 surtout adv,nm especially, above all * j'ai surtout besoin d'argent -- what I need above all is money 83 | 5548 236 gens nmpl people * des gens sont venus me voir -- people came to see me 70 | 11090-n +s 237 propre nadj(f) clean, proper * la pétasse était propre, mec -- the woman was clean, man 85 | 5012 238 grâce nf thanks, grace, favour * je ne vous demande aucune grâce -- I'm not asking you for any favors 90 | 3271 Page 18 239 idée nf idea * que pensez-vous de cette idée?

87 | 3714 272 plutôt adv rather * ce jet vole plutôt bas -- this jet is flying rather low 83 | 4794 273 bureau nm office, desk * il veut vous voir dans son bureau immédiatement -- he wants to see you in his office immediately 91 | 2518 274 mauvais adv,nadj(pl) bad, wrong * il constitue un pas dans la mauvaise direction -- it constitutes a step in the wrong direction 88 | 3425 275 quant adv as for * les vents tempêtueux ont modifié la situation quant aux avalanches -- the stormy winds changed the avalanche situation 89 | 2911 276 mort adj,nf dead; death * la mort ne m'effraye pas -- death doesn't frighten me 71 | 8855 277 mal adji,adv,nm bad * autrement dit, la journée a plutôt mal commencé -- in other words, the day started out rather badly 77 | 6809 278 lire nf,v to read; lira * je ne voulais pas lire mes poèmes -- I didn't want to read my poems 80 | 5707 279 réussir v to succeed * il ne réussit pas à vendre un seul dessin -- he can't manage to sell even one drawing 89 | 2822 280 marché nm market * le marché des maisons est resté stable -- the housing market has remained stable 74 | 7783 281 condition nf condition * l'unité de la condition humaine -- the unity of the human condition 80 | 5589 282 international nadj international * elle jouit également d'une excellente réputation internationale -- she also has an excellent international reputation 70 | 9001 283 changer v to change * ensemble, ils ont changé beaucoup de choses -- together, they changed many things 82 | 5082 284 oui adv,nmi yes * oui, oui, je sais!

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