French Pronunciation Guide
Have you ever wanted to order from a French menu with a perfect pronunciation? The trick is to first see the words in French and in context – on a menu. This is just what the hungry traveler needs; a French pronunciation guide in order to see and hear the most important and common French words found on menus. Just tap or click the blue play buttons below and listen to the pronunciation, spoken with a Parisian accent.
This French pronunciation guide includes 100 of the most important words you will need in a French restaurant, whether they are on the menu or not.
Listen to the words. Repeat. Close your eyes and imagine chocolate, wine, fabulous sauces, and yourself ordering these delectables. Hit that play button as many times as needed! And remember to repeat the words out loud before you go.
At the Boulangerie
At the Pâtisserie
At the Charcuterie
Meat Doneness / Temperature
The French are not ones to cook steaks more than bloody rare. They may call it, “medium,” but…. anything more ruins the meat. Also some places think medium is bloody – like you have never seen in a U.S. restaurant. Think about that before you order.
For veal, lamb, pigeon, duck (and fowl other than chicken) they have an extra, or substitute, term: rose. Like it sounds, the meat comes out a beautiful rosy color. Enjoy!
At the Restaurant
We use different words for our courses – imagine that! But, for an appetizer, they use a word we know. So, it’s a little confusing.
On a menu, you will see the French words for appetizers, salads, main courses, dessert, drinks, and more. Many English speaking tourists visit Paris, so they may have an English menu. But, if you have a French menu, here are the words to remember.
If the waiter uses sign language when he asks you what you would like to drink, he will make a fist and put his thumb to his mouth and tilt his fist back.