Glossary of common French terms

We know that learning a new language is difficult at anytime. The France Buying Guide have put together a glossary of the key French terms that you will need to help you on your way.

Glossary of commonly used French phrases

 

GREETINGS

USEFUL PROPERTY PHRASES

Hello

Bonjour

House

Maison

Good day

Bonjour

Residence

Demeure

Good evening

Bon soir

Farmhouse

Ferme

Good night

Bone nuit

Country house

Maison de champagne

Hi

Salut

Detached house

Maison individuelle

Good bye

Au revoir

Modern house

Pavillon

How are you?

Comment allez vous?

Castle or country residence

Chateau

RESPONSES

To be restored

A restaurer

Yes

Oui

The buyer

L’acquerer/l’acheteur

No

Non

The seller

Le vendeur

That depends

Cela depend

Estate agent

Agent immobilier

I don’t know

Je ne sais pas

Agency fees

Frais d’agence

I don’t think so

Je ne crois pas

Agreement to buy

Promesse d’achat

I suppose so

Je suppose que oui

Conditional clauses

Clauses suspensives

I think so

Je crois que oui

Contract of sale

Acte de vente

It doesn’t matter

Ça ne fait rien

Mortgage

Hypotheque

I don’t mind

Cela m’est égal

Notary

Notaire

Of course

Bien sûr

Purchase

Achat

True

Vrai

Deposit

Accompte

With pleasure

Avec plaisir

Cooling off period

Delai de reflexion

Thank you very much

Merci beaucoup

Joint ownership

Propriete tontine

QUESTIONS

On mains drains

Tout a l’egout

Where?

Où?

Septic tank

Fosse septique

When?

Quand?

Water

Eau

Why?

Pourquoi?

Rubbish dump

Decharge

What?

Qu’est-ce que/qui…?

Rubbish

Ordures

Who?

Qui?

Yellow pages

Pages jeunes

How?

Comment?

 

 

How much/many?

Combien

 

 


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