Today we will be learning about French food!
First, we will start with fruits and vegetables. After all, the French have to eat too! Here are some fruits and vegetables you might see at a typical biweekly French market, or even a French supermarket for that matter.
Fruits and Vegetables in French:
You might even notice some words in the above image that look very familiar to you! How many do you recognize?
Click on the words below to hear each one spoken:
Vegetables (Les légumes)
Les poireaux (leeks) are often used in French cooking. Typically you will see them included in dishes that have creamy sauces. Their taste is like an onion, since leeks are a member of the onion family, but leeks are much milder in flavor, and it’s said that those who don’t like onions usually like leeks.
Fruits (les fruits):
That’s all fine and dandy if we want to eat nothing but fruits and veggies (which admittedly, are good for your health and you should eat them!). But what about meals and other foods?
French meals are almost always eaten with le pain, which is usually purchased fresh that day. I remember being over there and buying baguettes for .50 euros (probably about $0.75; dirt cheap for a piece of bread!). As the saying goes: Un repas sans pain est comme un jour sans soleil. (A meal without bread is like a day without sun)
Here are a variety of foods that you might see on a typical French menu (though this is definitely a non-exhaustive list!)
Click on the words below to hear them spoken:
If you love to cook, check out these recipes for the foods we just learned! The easier recipes are at the top, with the more complicated (but still very tasty!) ones toward the bottom of the list.
1) Think of at least 5 other fruits and 5 other vegetables (if you want to write more, you can!) that you would like to know how to say in French. List them on a piece of paper and then look them up on Word Reference and write the French word next to the English words.
2) Choose any 5 fruits, any 5 vegetables, and any 5 of the meal foods we have learned in French and create an illustration for each of them, with the word in French at the top of the paper and your picture below it.
So next time you’re at the supermarket, see how many fruits and vegetables you can name in French!