Languages › French Important French Words to Learn These 25 common French words are vital terms to know Share Flipboard Email Print BakiBG / Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated November 04, 2019 French can be difficult to learn: The grammar is often different than in English, and correct pronunciation is key to mastering this Romance language. But learning basic terms can help. This list contains varied terms such as auparavant (beforehand), égard (exhausted), and toucher (to touch). You might know this last term by its pronunciation: "too shay," a term anyone who has read the novel "The Three Musketeers" or seen a movie with swashbuckling swordfights will readily recognize. The Top 25 Each French term on this list is followed its pronunciation in parentheses, and then its definition. Some of the words provide links to web pages that provide more complete explanations, background information, and even tips on how to conjugate the words where appropriate. Word Pronunciation Definition auparavant o pa ra van Beforehand, previously bis bees a musical encore at the end of a concert; detour or diversion bouffer boo fay to be full; have volume chouette shweht owl; great, nice or cool coucou koo koo (exclamation) hello, hi, peek-a-boo; cuckoo (clock) doué doo wee gifted égard e gar respect génial zhay nyal genius, inspired; great, cool incontournable a(n)-ko(n)-toor-nabl inescapable, inevitable, or indispensable intéressant eh(n) tay ray sa(n) interesting, attractive, worthwhile justement ʒystəmɑ̃ exactly lendemain la(n)d-ma(n) the next day, day after; future maîtriser meh tree zay to control, overcome, suppress; to master malin mah-la(n) Shrewd, cunning normal nor mal normal occasion uh ka zyo(n) chance, opportunity piège pjɛʒ trap piger piʒe to get it pinard pee nar cheap wine, plonk projet pʀɔʒɛ intention; plan rater ra tay misfire, miss, fail, bungle, miscarry, to mess up taux to rate toucher too shay to touch; to approach, be/go near; to affect untel oo(n) tel so-and-so vachement vahsh ma(n) really The 9 Best Books for Learning French in 2020 Free French Worksheets The 9 Best Apps to Learn French in 2020 Comprendre: To Understand The 9 Best Podcasts for Learning French in 2020 Why Spanish Isn't Easier to Learn Than French How Is W Pronounced in French? Useful Phrases to Use in French Class Understanding the French Language and Using IPA Introduction to French French Words Starting With A, B and C How to Introduce Yourself and Others in French French Love Language: L'Amour et l'Amitié The 20 Most Common French Words Audio Dictionary - French Words From T-Z Learn to Correctly Pronounce the French Words 'Au' and 'Eau'