How to Say the Names of Fruits in French

Learn the French words for these fruits. Then, next time you go to the market, you can practice your French as you shop.

Steps

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    Learn the following terms:
    • The grapefruit = le pamplemousse It's pronounced "pom-pleh-mousse" (mousse as in the dessert)
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    • The lemon = le citron Say: See-tron. To do a French r, lightly tap the roof of your mouth with your tongue so it sounds like you're doing a short rolling of r's on your tongue.
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    • The plum = la prune say: proon. OO as in book, look, and cookie. Not food, mood, etc., The n is barely noticeable.
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    • The peach = la pêche Say: pesh.
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    • The watermelon = la pastèque (Le melon d'eau in Canada) Say: Meh-lohn. D'eau is pronounced like "doh!" with a D in front.
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    • The pineapple = l'ananas (it's like saying na-na-na, except take way the first n)
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    • The cantaloupe = le cantaloup
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    • The strawberry = la fraise
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    • The apple = la pomme
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    • The prune = le pruneau
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    • The orange = l'orange
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    • The raspberry = la framboise
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    • The slice of pear = la tranche de poire or when you shop or order food from somewhere.
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Tips

  • Another useful word is "jus" (jooh), which means juice. Example: Le jus de pomme (apple juice). Le jus d'orange (orange juice).
  • For help with pronunciation consult the website listed below.
  • Try making different sentences about each fruit. This will help you to learn the names as you carry on simple conversation:
    • J'aime les pommes. (I like apples).
    • Il me faut une pastèque/J'ai besoin d'une pastèque. (I need a watermelon).
    • Il y a quatre framboises. (There are four raspberries).
    • Lavez les raisins, s'il vous plait. (Wash the grapes, please).
    • Je prendrai un abricot. (I will have an apricot).
  • You might also want to learn the -er verb "acheter" (ashetey), meaning "to buy". You can also use the phrase "Je voudrais acheter un/une/des _________" (je voodray ashetey un/oon/dey ______), meaning "I would like to buy a(an)/a(an)[f.]/some _______."

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