300 + True French-English Cognates


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When you’re learning a new language, a cognate is an easy word to remember because it looks and means the same thing as a word you already know. For this reason, recognizing cognates in written form is very easy. Though these words look exactly alike and have the same meaning, pronunciation is often very different from one language to another. This can make it difficult to spot them as words you know while listening.

I’ve put together this list so that you can see how many French words you already know, even if you’re a beginner! Get your alphabetical lists, audio recordings for studying pronunciation, and cognates text with audio in my cognates course. You must be logged in to your LLL French Academy account to access this course and everything that is included.

A

abdomenabdomen (m)
noun
absenceabsence (f)
noun
absentabsent(e)
adjective
absorptionabsorption (f)
noun
accentaccent (m)
noun
accessibleaccessible
adjective
accidentaccident (m)
noun
accusationaccusation (f)
noun
actionaction (f)
noun
additionaddition (f)
noun
admirationadmiration (f)
noun
adolescentadolescent(e) (m / f)
noun
adorableadorable
adjective
agricultureagriculture (f)
noun
alphabetalphabet (m)
noun
angleangle (m)
noun
animalanimal (m)
noun
applicableapplicable
adjective
artart (m)
noun
articlearticle (m)
noun
attentionattention (f)
noun
automobileautomobile (f)
noun
avenueavenue (f)
noun

B

banjobanjo (m)
noun
banquetbanquet (m)
noun
basebase (f)
noun
bikinibikini (m)
noun
bizarrebizarre
adjective
blondblond(e)
adjective
bonusbonus (m)
noun
bouquetbouquet (m)
noun
boutiqueboutique (f)
noun
bravebrave
adjective
brochurebrochure (f)
noun
brutalbrutal(e)
adjective
budgetbudget (m)
noun
bureaubureau (m)
noun
busbus (m)
noun

C

cagecage (f)
noun
campuscampus (m)
noun
capablecapable
adjective
capturecapture (f)
noun
carafecarafe (f)
noun
caramelcaramel (m)
noun
causecause (f)
noun
centralcentral(e)
adjective
certaincertain(e)
adjective
championchampion (m)
noun
chancechance (f)
noun
chaoschaos (m)
noun
chefchef (m)
noun
cigarettecigarette (f)
noun
clarificationclarification (f)
noun
classificationclassification (f)
noun
clientclient(e) (m ou f)
noun
cognitioncognition (f)
noun
collectioncollection (f)
noun
commercialcommercial(e)
adjective
communicationcommunication (f)
noun
complicationcomplication (f)
noun
complimentcompliment (m)
noun
compressioncompression (f)
noun
concentrationconcentration (f)
noun
conceptconcept (m)
noun
conclusionconclusion (f)
noun
conditioncondition (f)
noun
confessionconfession (f)
noun
confrontationconfrontation (f)
noun
conscienceconscience (f)
noun
contentcontent(e)
adjective
continentcontinent (m)
noun
contributioncontribution (f)
noun
convergenceconvergence (f)
noun
coordinationcoordination (f)
noun
correctcorrect(e)
adjective
costumecostume (m)
noun
couplecouple (m)
noun
crimecrime (m)
noun
crucialcrucial(e)
adjective
cruelcruel(le)
adjective
cultureculture (f)
noun

D

dangerdanger (m)
noun
datedate (f)
noun
descriptiondescription (f)
noun
destinationdestination(f)
noun
destructiondestruction (f)
noun
dialoguedialogue (m)
noun
diligentdiligent(e)
adjective
dilutiondilution(f)
noun
directdirect(e)
adjective
distancedistance(f)
noun
distinctdistinct(e)
adjective
divorcedivorce(m)
noun
durabledurable
adjective

E

efforteffort (m)
noun
encouragementencouragement(m)
noun
enduranceendurance (f)
noun
estimationestimation(f)
noun
exactexact(e)
adjective
excellentexcellent(e)
adjective
excuseexcuse (f)
noun
existenceexistence (f)
noun
exorbitantexorbitant(e)
adjective
expertexpert(e) (m ou f)
noun
exportexport (m)
noun
extravagantextravagant(e)
adjective

F

fascinationfascination (f)
noun
festivalfestival (m)
noun
fiascofiasco (m)
noun
filmfilm (m)
noun
finalfinal(e)
noun (f) or adjective
flexibleflexible
adjective
forceforce (f)
noun
fruitfruit (m)
noun
futilefutile
adjective

G

garagegarage (m)
noun
glucoseglucose (m)
noun
gourmetgourmet (m)
noun
graingrain (m)
noun
gratitudegratitude (f)
noun
grotesquegrotesque
adjective
guideguide (m ou f)
noun

H

habitablehabitable
adjective
hibernationhibernation (f)
noun
horizonhorizon (m)
noun
horizontalhorizontal(e)
adjective
horriblehorrible
adjective
hyperbolehyperbole (f)
noun
hypocritehypocrite (m ou f)
noun or adjective

I

identifiableidentifiable
adjective
identificationidentification (f)
noun
illustrationillustration (f)
noun
imaginationimagination (f)
noun
immersionimmersion (f)
noun
impatienceimpatience (f)
noun
impressionimpression (f)
noun
improbableimprobable
adjective
inaccessibleinaccessible
adjective
indulgenceindulgence (f)
noun
innocenceinnocence (f)
noun
instinctinstinct (m)
noun
instructioninstruction (f)
noun
intelligenceintelligence (f)
noun
intelligentintelligent(e)
adjective
intuitionintuition (f)
noun
inverseinverse
adjective
invisibleinvisible
adjective
irritableirritable
adjective
irritationirritation (f)
noun
isolationisolation (f)
noun

J

jazzjazz (m)
noun
judojudo (m)
noun
junglejungle (f)
noun
juryjury (m)
noun
justicejustice (f)
noun
justifiablejustifiable
adjective

K

karmakarma (m)
noun
kayakkayak (m)
noun
kiwikiwi (m)
noun
kleenexkleenex (m)
noun
koalakoala (m)
noun
kumquatkumquat (m)
noun

L

lamentablelamentable
adjective
laserlaser (m)
noun
latentlatent(e)
adjective
limitationlimitation (f)
noun
logologo (m)
noun
longlong(ue)
adjective
lotionlotion (f)
noun

M

macabremacabre
adjective
machinemachine (f)
noun
magazinemagazine (m)
noun
manipulationmanipulation (f)
noun
maritimemaritime
adjective
massagemassage (m)
noun
maximummaximum (m)
noun or adjective
menacemenace (f)
noun
mentalmental(e)
adjective
messagemessage (m)
noun
microbemicrobe (m)
noun
microphonemicrophone (m)
noun
miniatureminiature
noun (f) or adjective
minimumminimum
noun (m) or adjective
minusculeminuscule
adjective
minute (time)minute (time) (f) 
noun
miraclemiracle (m)
noun
monumentmonument (m)
noun
moralmoral(e)
adjective
multitudemultitude (f) 
noun
musclemuscle (m)
noun

N

nationnation (f) 
noun
nationalnational(e)
adjective
naturenature (f) 
noun
nonchalantnonchalant(e)
adjective
normalnormal(e)
adjective
notablenotable
adjective
notenote (f) 
noun
novicenovice (f ou m) 
noun
nuancenuance (f) 
noun

O

objectionobjection (f) 
noun
obsessionobsession (f) 
noun
odeode (f) 
noun
omissionomission (f) 
noun
opinionopinion (f) 
noun
optimaloptimal(e)
adjective
orientationorientation (f) 
noun
originaloriginal(e)
adjective

P

parachuteparachute (m) 
noun
parasiteparasite (m) 
noun
pardonpardon (m) 
noun
participationparticipation (f) 
noun
passagepassage (m) 
noun
patiencepatience (f) 
noun
pausepause (f) 
noun
perceptibleperceptible
adjective
perfectionperfection (f) 
noun
permanentpermanent(e)
adjective
pertinentpertinent(e)
adjective
photophoto (f) 
noun
piratepirate (m) 
noun
place
(where something or
someone has its
place or ranking)
place (f) noun
plausibleplausible
adjective
pointpoint (m) 
noun
policepolice (f) 
noun
positionposition (f) 
noun 
possessionpossession (f) 
noun
possiblepossible
adjective
probableprobable
adjective
publicpublic (m)
noun
publicationpublication (f) noun

Q

quadrantquadrant (m) 
noun
qualificationqualification (f) 
noun
questionquestion (f) 
noun
questionnairequestionnaire (m) 
noun
quotaquota (m) 
noun

R

racialracial(e)
adjective
radarradar (m) 
noun
radiantradiant(e)
adjective
radiationradiation (f) 
noun
radioradio (f) 
noun
ratrat (m)
noun
rectanglerectangle 
noun (m) or adjective
recyclablerecyclable
noun (m)
regretregret (m) 
noun
religionreligion (f) 
noun
respectrespect (m) 
noun
respectablerespectable
adjective
restaurantrestaurant (m) 
noun
routeroute (f) 
noun
royalroyal(e)
adjectif
ruralrural(e)
adjective

S

sacrificesacrifice (m) 
noun
saintsaint(e)(m or f)
noun 
sanctionsanction (f) 
noun
sandwichsandwich (m) 
noun
satisfactionsatisfaction (f) 
noun
saturationsaturation (f) 
noun
saunasauna (m) 
noun
sciencescience (f) 
noun
scriptscript (m) 
noun
secondsecond(e)
adjective
secretsecret (m)
noun
secretsecret / secrète 
adjective
segmentsegment (m)
noun
seniorsenior (m)
noun
serviceservice (m)
noun
sessionsession (f)
noun
signaturesignature (f)
noun
silencesilence (m)
noun
simplesimple
adjective
simplificationsimplification (f)
noun
sitesite (m)
noun
situationsituation (f)
noun
sketch (a skit)sketch (m)
noun
sloganslogan (m)
noun
snobsnob
noun (m or f) or adjective
sociablesociable
adjective
socialsocial(e)
adjectif
sodasoda (m)
noun
sofasofa (m)
noun
solitudesolitude (f)
noun
solutionsolution (f)
noun
sophisticationsophistication (f)
noun
sourcesource (f)
noun
spinalspinal(e)
adjective
sprintsprint (m)
noun
statuestatue (f)
noun
stimulationstimulation (f)
noun
structurestructure (f)
noun
stylestyle (m)
noun
sublimesublime
adjective
substitutionsubstitution (f)
noun
successionsuccession (f)
noun
suffocationsuffocation (f)
noun
suggestionsuggestion (f)
noun
suicidesuicide (m)
noun
surprisesurprise (f)
noun
suspectsuspect(e)
noun (m or f) or adjective
syndromesyndrome (m)
noun
synopsissynopsis (f)
noun

T

taxitaxi (m)
noun
techniquetechnique
noun (f) or adjective
tennistennis (m)
noun
tensiontension (f)
noun
terribleterrible
adjective
testtest (m)
noun
texturetexture (f)
noun
trait (character)trait (m)
noun
transitiontransition (f)
noun
transparenttransparent(e)
adjective

U

ultimatumultimatum (m)
noun 
unificationunification (f)
noun
uniqueunique
adjective
urgenturgent(e)
adjective
usageusage (f)
noun

V

vacantvacant(e)
adjective
vaguevague 
noun (f) or adjective
vainvain(e)
adjective
variablevariable
adjective
variationvariation (f)
noun
verticalvertical(e)
adjective
vestigevestige (m)
noun
vibrantvibrant(e)
adjective
vibrationvibration (f)
noun
villagevillage (m)
noun
violenceviolence (f)
noun
violentviolent(e)
adjective
viralviral(e)
adjective
virusvirus (m)
noun
visavisa (m)
noun
visiblevisible
adjective
volumevolume (m)
noun
votevote (m)
noun

w

wagonwagon (m)
noun
water polowater polo (m)
noun
webcamwebcam (f)
noun
weekendweekend (m)
noun
westernwestern (m)
noun

X

xylophonexylophone (m)
noun

Y

yachtyacht (m)
noun
yogayoga (m)
noun

Z

zinczinc (m)
noun
zombiezombie (m)
noun
zonezone (f)
noun
zoozoo (m)
noun




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