In this video, I present you 15 homonyms in French. These words are pronounced the same way but do not have the same meaning. It is important to know these differences to avoid misunderstandings. If you liked the video, don't hesitate to like it and subscribe to the channel, it encourages me a lot ! Thank you
- 0:00 - Introduction
- 1:05 - Lawyer / Lawyer
- 2:12 - Wall / Blackberry / Blackberry
- 3:22 - Wine / Twenty
- 4:00 - Count / Story / Count
- 5:54 - Song / Fields
- 6:31 - Hundred / Blood / No
- 7:31 - Almond / Fine
- 8:41 - Author / Height
- 9:48 - Port / Pork
- 10:46 - Mother / Sea / Mayor
- 11:50 - Mud / End
- 12:39 PM - Milk / Tart
- 2:24 PM - Ok / Hockey / Hiccup
- 15:35 - Neck / Cost / Strike
- 16:56 - Hunger / End
Video transcript on French homonyms
Hello to everyone. I am Elisabeth from HelloFrench. I hope you are well and that your learning French is going well. Today, we will see together homonyms in French.
So, these are words that are pronounced the same way, sometimes even written the same way, so they are identical, but they have different meanings. So, these words, they mean different things, even if you hear them the same. There are a lot of homonyms in French, so I think I'm going to make several videos on this theme. To see all the videos on this theme and indeed all my videos, remember to subscribe to my channel.
Before you start, remember to activate the subtitles to help you understand the video better.
Let's start right away with lawyer and attorney. There is the lawyer, which is a profession. He is a person who can help you when you have legal problems or problems with the law.
So, for example, I can tell you, "I'm getting a divorce, so I'm looking for a lawyer. That's one person.
The other avocado is a fruit. So, it's an oval shape like this, it's brownish and inside it's green and there's a big stone. This fruit is also eaten a lot like a vegetable, for example, I could say "this lunch, I ate a salad with tomatoes, onions, feta cheese and avocado".
Let's look at three words that are pronounced the same, but have different meanings. Wall, blackberry and ripe. So the first wall is the one we find for example in houses, there is the wall and the floor. It is what separates rooms.
Then there are blackberries which are fruits. They are small fruits like this that look like raspberries, but black.
For example, I can say "I put blackberry jam on my bread".
Finally, there is mature which is used as an adjective. An adjective is a word that we use to qualify something or someone.
So, the adjective ripe, it means that something is ready. So, often, we use for a fruit. For example I can say "this peach is ripe, I can eat it".
Now let's look at wine and twenty. There is wine, which is an alcoholic drink made from grapes. In France, we make a lot of wine, there is white wine, red wine, rosé. So I can say "I will have a glass of wine, please".
Then there is the twenty. For example, I could say "yesterday I was 19 years old, today is my birthday, I'm twenty".
Let's see now account, tales and count. Here are three words that are pronounced the same, but have different meanings.
So the first account is the bank account. It's a place where you put your money, for example, I could say "I opened an account in a new bank" or "I just withdrew 50 euros from my account".
We also use account in this sense, for example to say "I'm doing the accounts". So, to say you look at where you are in your money to say "I do the accounts to see what I have left as money for the end of the month". Or for example, at the restaurant to divide the shares of each one, to know what each one owes as money, I can say "I make the accounts, Coralie, you owe 20 euros, Jonathan, you owe 12 euros".
Then there is the tale that is told. It is a story, it is a narrative. For example, I could say "I tell the tale of Little Red Riding Hood to my daughter before she goes to sleep". I tell her this story. Finally, there is the count who is the husband of the countess. So when we talk about the count, it's a title of nobility, a bit like a duke or a prince.
By the way, maybe you know The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It's a book about a count.
Now let's look at the song and the field. So the first song is a song, so it's a tune that we're going to sing, for example, I might say "I wish you a Merry Christmas is a Christmas song".
We sing it every year for the holidays. Then there's the field that we cultivate, so we're going to grow things.
For example, you can have a wheat field, a potato field, a bell pepper field. Now let's look at a hundred, blood and no. So, the first hundred, so, for example, if I say, I'm going to count to a hundred. 95, 96, 97, 98, 99 and 100. I could also say, "I'd like to live to a hundred".
Then there is the blood that flows in our veins, so blood is the red liquid that flows in our body. For example, I could say "I gave my blood to the Red Cross". Finally, there is the without that we use to say not.
So it's a way of marking the absence of something.
For example, I could say "I drink my coffee without sugar", so it's the opposite of with. I drink my coffee with sugar, so I put sugar and I drink my coffee without sugar, I don't put sugar.
Let's see now almond and fine. So, the first almond is a fruit, a dry fruit that is small like this and brownish, that we eat like cashew nuts or pecan nuts, pistachios. For example, I could say "almonds are a very healthy dried fruit, full of good fats for the body". In France, we also cook a lot of things with almonds, for example, marzipan, which is almond paste, or the galette des rois.
The other fine is much worse. When you get a fine, it means that you have to pay something because you did something wrong, because you did not respect something.
For example, I could say, "I got a fine because I was speeding with my car.
Or, "I was fined 135 euros because I was not wearing the mask in the metro".
Now let's look at author and height. So, the first author is the one who writes a book. He is a writer. For example, I could say "William Shakespeare is the author of the play Romeo and Juliet". He's the one who wrote it. The other word height, we use it to talk about the size of something or someone.
For example, I could say "this wall is three meters high". There is also a sport called high jump.
It's an Olympic discipline, it's athletics, so it consists in jumping over a bar and in fact, we're going to put this bar at a higher height all the time, and the goal, obviously, is to jump as high as possible.
See now port and pork.
So, the first port is often used to refer to a, for example, a fishing port.
It's the place where the boats will meet. For example, I could say "I went to the port to buy fresh fish that the fishermen had just brought back". Recently, too, there was a lot of talk about the port of Beirut where there was an explosion and a fire. The second pig is a synonym for pig, so it is an animal. We use pork to talk about the meat that comes from the pig, so, for example, I could say "I ate pork for lunch" or "I don't eat pork because I am a vegetarian".
Let's see now mother, sea and mayor. So, the first mother is a synonym for mother. For example, I could say "my mother has three children: my two brothers and me". There is the sea which has a large body of water where the boats go, for example the Mediterranean Sea or the Black Sea, it is a bit like the ocean. For example, I could say "this weekend, I went to the beach, I swam in the sea". Finally, there is the mayor, which is used to talk about someone who has been elected after an election to be in charge of a city.
For example, I could say "Anne Hidalgo is the mayor of Paris, she was re-elected after the elections in June".
There is the mud and the tip. The mud is a mixture between earth and water. So, it's a bit liquid and it's brown in color.
For example, I could say "I went walking in the woods on dirt and it had rained, my shoes are full of mud, they are dirty". Then there is the tip.
B o u t is a word that is used to talk about different things.
For example, I might say "I could have a piece of cake" to talk about a piece of cake. So there, we use it to talk about a part of something. But we also use the word end to talk about the end of something or an object.
For example, I can say "I went to the end of my street" to say that I went to the end of my street. We also use the word end to talk about concrete things, but also to talk about more philosophical things.
For example, I could say "I went to the end of myself in this race". I jogged and gave it my all, I went to the end of my physical abilities.
For example, you can also say "Patricia pushes me to the limit". It means that Patricia is pushing me to my limits.
Then there is milk and ugly, the adjective. So the first milk is a white drink, for example cow's milk. I could say "every morning I put milk in my cereal". It's also a drink that is very often given to babies.
The second ugly which is an adjective, is the opposite of pretty, of beautiful.
We use it to say that something is really not beautiful. For example, I can say "this painting is really ugly, I don't like it".
Now let's see ok, field hockey and hiccup. So the first ok is to say yes. For example, if someone says to me "do you want to eat a pizza?" "ok, that sounds good". It's a different way of saying yes in French.
The second field hockey is the sport, so there is ice hockey and field field hockey, but often the most common field hockey is on ice. It's a sport that comes from Canada. For example I might say "this weekend I went to a field hockey game, the score was very close." Finally, there's the hiccup, which is a little sound that you make, you say "I have hiccups", it's when you go like this.
Sorry for the imitation. Often they say you have to scare someone to get them over the hiccups.
Now let's look at neck, cost and stroke. So the first neck is this part. So this is the part of the body that connects the head, the face with the rest of the body.
For example, I might say "look at my neck, I put on a new necklace".
Then there is the cost that we use to talk about the price of something.
For example, I might ask someone "how much does it cost to get to the airport?". "The cost of the cab is 50 euros". Finally, there is the coup, c o u p which is a word that is used a lot in French in many expressions and which means a lot of things by itself.
So, often, it is used to talk about the notion of hitting. For example, to give a punch or to kick the ball, when we play soccer. I think I'm going to make a video dedicated to this word "coup" because as I was saying, there are really a lot of expressions that we use like "coup de soleil", "coup de coeur", there are really a lot of them.
Finally, the last homonym that we will see today is hunger and end. The first hunger is when we need or want to eat. We feel in our belly that we need to eat food. For example, I could say "I'm too hungry, I could eat two pizzas" or "I'm super hungry, I don't have breakfast". The other ending is to talk about something that is ending. For example here, I could tell you, we have arrived at the end of the video.
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