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Aargh, doing the chores, a tedious activity in general; though I do enjoy doing the dishes as it lets my mind wander freely. Surprisingly, this is one of the most requested topics by French learners, even though it’s not something I particularly love to talk about with my friends!
But of course, we still need to know some basic vocabulary, especially if one day you are invited to a French-speaking friend’s home. You can show that you’re a gracious guest by asking if they need help around the house by knowing how to say the chores in French. I’ve also shared some basic vocabulary related to gardening.
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So here it is, the vocabulary list about chores in French!
|Les corvées||Household chores|
|Faire le ménage||To clean up|
|Ranger les vêtements||To put away the clothes|
|Faire le lit||Make the bed|
|Nettoyer le lavabo||To clean the sink|
|Ranger les magazines||To put away the magazines|
|Passer l'aspirateur||To vacuum|
|dépoussiérer / épousseter||to dust|
|Nettoyer les vitres||To clean the windows|
|Laver la voiture||To wash the car|
|Vider la corbeille||To empty the wastepaper basket|
|Mettre la table||To set the table|
|Mettre le couvert||Set the silverware|
|Debarrasser la table||To clear the table|
|Couper le pain||To cut the bread|
|Laver les légumes||To wash the vegetables|
|Éplucher les carottes||To peel the carrots|
|Faire la vaisselle||To do the dishes|
|Essuyer les verres||To dry the glasses|
|Essuyer la table||To wipe the table|
|Vider les ordures||To empty the garbage|
|Sortir la poubelle||To take our the trash can|
|Laver le linge||Laundry|
|Repasser les chemises||To iron the shirts|
|Un fer à repasser||Iron|
|Arroser les plantes||To water the plants|
|Arroser les fleurs||To water the flowers|
|Un sécateur||pruner / secateurs|
|Couper l'herbe||To cut the grass|
|planter des fleurs||to plant flower|
|Tondre la pelouse||To mow the lawn|
|Une tondeuse||Lawn mower|
|Un tuyau d'arrosage||Hose|
|Tailler les arbustes||To prune the shrubs|
|M'aider à nettoyer le salon||Help me clean the living room|
|Me donner un coup de main||Give me a hand|
|Me rendre service||Do me a favor|
|S’occuper des animaux||To take care of the animals|
|Promener le chien||To walk the dog|
|Donner à manger au chat||To feed the cat|
|Vider l’aquarium||To empty the aquarium|
Let's practice! In comments below, try to compose a sentence about doing some chores in French. I'll check and correct your sentence if necessary!
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Quick question: Does the book “Improving French vocabulary” come with audio?
Hello Ana, not for the moment. I am planning to do that later this week. That’s the only ebook without MP3. +20 000 words to record is very long and tedious task. But I promise I will do it sooner or later.
Thank you for sharing these useful french learning tools. i am Egyptian pharmacist working in Humanitarian aid NGO and i start to learn french for the first time in my life as i want to work in projects in African countries. the hardest problem faces me is the pronunciation of french words. i am in first level in french course at French Cultural Center in Cairo. i want your advice regarding improving my french language. i also use Memrise and duolingo applications to help me in this.
Did you read the French Pronunciation guide? https://www.talkinfrench.com/french-pronunciation-guide/ It can be a good start.