30 French Words for the Workplace


Last Updated: August 31, 2022

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Difficulty: Intermediate

You may have the chance to work in a French-speaking environment, or perhaps it might simply come in handy for your present job. This small list of work related words won’t make you fluent in business French but it will provide you with a useful grounding in French workplace communication.

Work-related words french to english

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travaillerto work
bosserto work (hard), to slog (away)
le travailwork
le boulotjob (casual)
le métiertrade, occupation, job
la tâchetask
la pause cafécoffee break - elevenses
le chômageunemployment
le congéholiday, leave
le salarié employee
le fonctionnairecivil servant
le patronboss
le collèguecolleague
le bureauoffice
le contratcontract
la réunionmeeting
la formationtraining
embaucherto hire
la gestionmanagement
terminerto finish
Le dossierfile
les ragotsgossip
les 35 heuresthe 35 hour week
bavarderto chat
la grèvestrike
la manifestationdemonstration
les syndicatstrade-union
le treizième moisend-of-year bonus

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Frederic Bibard is the founder of Talk in French, a company that helps french learners to practice and improve their french. Macaron addict. Jacques Audiard fan. You can contact him on Instagram

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