American English Podcast

137 - 10 Words a Day: French Words in English

January 09, 2023 Shana Thompson Season 3 Episode 137
American English Podcast
137 - 10 Words a Day: French Words in English
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It's story time! Welcome to a French coffee shop and fancy restaurant where you'll be introduced to a number of common French loanwords in English. A loanword is a words borrowed from a foreign language.

American English is packed with French words; how do we pronounce them?  Well, I know a lot of you are saying we butcher them, that's okay (I don't disagree with you!) In general, the pronunciation of a words depends on how popular / common a word is. If a French word is common in American English, naturally, there's an expected way to pronounce it, even if it's not how it is pronounced normally in French. 

The goal of this episode is to teach you how we pronounce the common ones and what to do when you come across uncommon loanwords. Here is a sample of some of the words in today's episode. 

  • Patisserie
  • Croissants
  • Baguettes
  • Eclairs
  • Creme brulée
  • Soufflé
  • Crepes
  • Facade (less commonly spelled façade in English)
  • Chic
  • Faux pas
  • Maitre d’ (or also spelled maître d')
  • Sommelier
  • Connoisseur
  • Hors d'oeuvres (we say this word often and I guarantee most people can't spell it!)
  • Champagne 
  • Vinaigrette
  • Omelet (or also spelled omelette)
  • Faux
  • Cliché (less commonly spelled cliche in English)
  • Risqué
  • Chauffeur
  • Entrepreneur
  • Rendezvous
  •  À la mode (also spelled a la mode)
  • À la carte (also spelled a la carte)
  • C'est la vie
  • Déjà vu (also spelled deja vu)

Premium Content: This episode is part of Season 3. By purchasing Season 3 transcripts, you'll be able to access the full episodes, the full PDF transcripts for episodes 101 - 150, an Mp3 download  and the premium podcast player to work on your pronunciation.  


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