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School supplies – French Vocabulary

School supplies - Les fournitures scolaires

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J’ai écrit mes devoirs sur mon cahier de textes.
I wrote my homework assignments in my agenda.

What are school supplies in French? How do you say them? Listen to Anne, a French native speaker.

20 French school supplies

  1. ball point pen -- m -- stylo à bille
  2. battery -- f -- pile
  3. binder -- m -- classeur
  4. book -- m -- livre
  5. book sleeve -- m -- protège-livre
  6. brush -- m -- pinceau
  7. calculator -- f -- calculatrice, calculette
  8. case, pencil case -- f -- trousse
  9. colored pencil -- m -- crayon de couleur
  10. compass -- m -- compas
  11. correction pen -- m -- stylo correcteur
  12. divider -- m -- intercalaire
  13. double sheet of holed paper -- f -- copie double perforée
  14. drawing paper -- m -- papier à dessin
  15. envelope -- f -- enveloppe
  16. eraser -- f -- gomme
  17. felt pen -- m -- feutre
  18. file -- m -- dossier
  19. folder -- f -- chemise
  20. fountain pen -- m -- stylo plume

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1. school bag 2. white out
4. binder 3. felt pen
6. textbook 4. glue
7. set square 5. protractor
8. pencil case
9. notebook

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faire chou blanc – French expression

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chouWhat does the French expression ‘ faire chou blanc mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne’s audio.

faire chou blanc – to make white cabbage. faire chou blanc means to fail, to not be successful.

  • « J’ai fait chou blanc avec mon idée de jeu pour la soirée. Personne ne voulait participer. »
    "I failed with my idea of a game at the party. Nobody wanted to play."

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At school – French vocabulary

At school - French vocabulary

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Y a pas école aujourd’hui, youpi !
There is no school today, Yay!

At school - French vocabulary. Learn French vocabulary about school with Anne's French accent

At school - À l'école

Over the years and thanks to my students, I’ve gathered this list about school, about things you find in the classroom and subjects you may study. Merci les élèves !

  1. average .... f .... moyenne
  2. bell .... f .... cloche
  3. book .... m .... livre
  4. cafeteria .... f .... cafète, cafétéria, cantine
  5. class, course .... m .... cours
  6. classroom .... f .... salle de classe
  7. Cliff Notes .... fp/m .... annales, Que sais-je
  8. clock .... f .... horloge
  9. college .... f .... université, fac, faculté
  10. computer .... m .... ordi, ordinateur
  11. elective .... f .... option
  12. field trip .... f .... sortie, excursion
  13. grade, mark .... f .... note
  14. lab .... mp .... TD., travaux dirigés
  15. locker (cabinet) .... m .... casier
  16. locker (to get un/dressed in) .... mp .... vestiaires
  17. major .... f .... filière
  18. quiz .... f .... interro, interrogation
  19. recess .... f .... récré, récréation
  20. ring binder .... m .... classeur
  21. schedule (calendar) .... m .... emploi du temps
  22. schedule (hours) .... mp .... horaires
  23. study hall .... m .... perm, permanence
  24. subject .... f .... matière
  25. textbook .... m .... manuel, livre
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Facts about French schools

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Facts about French schools - What makes a French school French? How do they work?

Faits sur les écoles françaises

  1. de longues heures
  • à l'école primaire – 08H30-midi et 13H30-16H30
  • à l’école secondaire – 8H00-17H00 ou 18H00
  • le déjeuner – repas de 3 plats - souvent à la cafétéria, il dure entre 60 à 90 minutes
  • demi-journée le mercredi, pas d'école le samedi
  1. pas d'uniforme
  2. des écoles publiques laïques principalement - les écoles privées sont des écoles religieuses - surtout catholiques - et suivent exactement le même programme que les écoles publiques, avec le catéchisme en option
  3. la plupart des écoles sont des externats, bien qu’il y ait quelques pensionnats
  4. l’école est obligatoire de 6 à 16ans
  5. l’école est totalement gratuite, sauf pour les livres et articles de papeterie - beaucoup de bourses (aide financière) pour les livres
  6. le programme d'études
    L'enseignement est souvent centré sur l'enseignant - beaucoup d’apprentissage par cœur, de grammaire et de dictées à partir de la maternelle. Le programme est assez rigoureux et ne donne pas sa place aux difficultés d'apprentissage. Si l’élève a besoin d’un programme adapté, il est souvent redirigé vers une filière moins scolaire.
    On ne choisit pas son école, on va à l'école la plus proche de son quartier
  7. il y a environ 36 semaines d'école, 16 semaines de vacances
    • 2 semaines en novembre
    • 2 semaines pour noël
    • 2 semaines en février
    • 2 semaines en avril
    • environ 8 semaines en juillet-août

Je ne crois pas qu'il y ait beaucoup de brimades ou de bizutage dans les écoles françaises. Cependant, j'ai entendu dire que les écoles du centre-ville peuvent être des lieux assez violents, principalement avec des conflits élèves/enseignants-administration.

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Facts about French schools

  1. long hours
    • primary school -- 8:30 - noon and 1:30-4:30
    • secondary school – 8:00 – 5:00 or 6:00
    • lunch – 3 course-meals – often provided at the cafeteria last between 60 to 90 minutes
    • half day on Wednesdays, no school on Saturdays
  2. no uniform
  3. secular public schools mostly – private schools mean religious schools – mostly catholic – and follow the exact same curriculum as public schools, with optional parochial teaching
  4. mostly day schools – few boarding schools
  5. compulsory from 6 to 16 years-old
  6. totally free, except for books and paper goods – lots of financial aid for books
  7. curriculum
    • Teacher-centered teaching - lots of rote memorization, grammar and dictées from Kindergarten on. The curriculum is pretty rigorous and doesn’t allow for special learning challenges. If you need curriculum adjustments, you are quickly redirected towards less challenging programs.
      You don’t get to pick your school, you go to the nearest school in your school district.
  8. about 36 weeks of school, 16 weeks of vacation
    • 2 weeks in November
    • 2 weeks for Christmas
    • 2 weeks in February
    • 2 weeks in April
    • about 8 weeks around July-August

I believe there isn’t that much bullying or hazing in French schools. However, I hear that inner-city schools are pretty violent places, mainly student-teacher/administration conflicts.

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comme un jour sans pain – French expression

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What does the French expression ‘ long comme un jour sans pain mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne’s audio.

long comme un jour sans pain - long as a day without bread. long comme un jour sans pain means dreadfully long.

  • « Ce bouquin est long comme un jour sans pain. »
    "This book is dreadfully long."

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