Knowing the rooms in a house in French is useful knowledge to ensure your accommodation in France, especially Paris, have what you’re looking for. Trust us when we say the French really appreciate it if you try to learn French, even just the basics.
When looking to rent an apartment (l’appartement), a house (la maison), a fancy hotel (l’hôtel), or an Airbnb, knowing the French words for rooms of the house will be beneficial. These words will also help you to get around a new and unfamiliar place or home and allow you to speak with homeowners about their homes.
In this article, we’ll teach you the French house vocabulary pertaining to the French rooms of a home, along with the furniture and appliances that you would typically find in each room.
But first, we’ll go over some grammar rules to use when speaking about the home.
How To Speak About The Home In French
The French word for house or home is maison. When discussing home and describing who the house belongs to, the possessive pronoun must change to match the personal pronoun being used.
Also, you’ll find that the French won’t use maison when describing which home belongs to whom. They prefer to use chez which directly translates to at the house of.
Here is how you would use chez and adapt the possessive pronouns to talk about people’s homes:
|Personal Pronoun (French)||Chez + Possessive Pronoun (French)||Translation (English)|
|Je||chez moi||(This is) my house.|
|Tu||chez toi||(This is) your house.|
|Il||chez lui||(This is) his house.|
|Elle||chez elle||(This is) her house.|
|Nous||chez nous,||(This is) our house.|
|Vous||chez vous||(This is) your house.|
|Ils||chez eux||(This is) their (a group of men) house.|
|Elles||chez elles||(This is) their (a group of women) house.|
|Person’s name – Pierre/Anne||chez Pierre, chez Anne…||(This is) Pierre’s house / (This is) Anne’s house|
Other Ways To Talk About Your Home
If someone asks you where are you? (Où es-tu), you could respond with à la maison (at home) as opposed to à chez moi.
This is my house can be said c’est ma maison or c’est chez moi
Grammar Lesson! Masculine And Feminine Objects And Places
As you continue through this lesson, you’ll notice some nouns have le in front of them and others have la and a few will even have les. These words all mean the same thing – the. Each designates a noun to be either feminine or masculine like so:
le – the (masculine)
la – the (feminine)
les – the (for plural nouns so matter the gender)
To remember which designation to use will simply take time, practice, and lots of memorization! Let’s begin by learning the names of the rooms of the house in French.
Rooms In A House In French (Pièces De La Maison En Français)
This is a list of the most commonly found rooms in a house in French. After this, we’re going to take a deeper dive into a related vocabulary for rooms in a house in French such as appliances and furniture you can expect to find in each room.
How To Ask Questions Or Make Comments About Someone’s Home
You may want to give the owner of your home a compliment or simply inquire about where a particular room of the house is. Here are some ways to do both:
- Your home is very beautiful! (Votre maison est très belle!)
- How many floors is your home? (Combien d’étages compte votre maison?)
- The kitchen is lovely. (La cuisine est ravissante)
- I love what you’ve done with your living room (J’adore ce que tu as fait de ton salon)
- Where is the bathroom? (Où sont les toilettes?)
- Where can I find the bathroom? (Où se trouvent les toilettes)
French Vocabulary For The Kitchen
Here are the main appliances and necessities you may find in a French kitchen (la cuisine):
French Vocabulary For The Kitchen
These are some questions or comments you may find yourself needing to say as a guest at someone’s home or when inquiring about renting or purchasing a house.
- Is there an oven? (Y a-t-il un four?)
- Is there a dishwasher? (Y a-t-il un lave-vaisselle?)
- Can I help with the dishes? (Puis-je aider avec la vaisselle?)
- How big is the kitchen sink? (Quelle est la taille de l’évier de la cuisine?)
- Is the stove gas or electric? (La cuisinière est-elle au gaz ou électrique?)
- Are the appliances new? (Les appareils sont-ils neufs?)
- Your kitchen is so big (Votre cuisine est si grande)
- What are the countertops made of? (De quoi sont faits les comptoirs?)
Furniture In A Living Room In French
Moving onto the living room or family room of a home (la salon), here is French vocabulary for some furniture and appliances you can expect to find.
Bedroom-Related Vocabulary In French
These are the typical pieces you’d find in a French house in the bedroom (la chambre):
Conversational Vocabulary For The Bedroom
- What size is the bed? (Quelle est la taille du lit?)
- Is there a closet or a wardrobe? (Y a-t-il un placard ou une armoire?)
- What a large bedroom!( Quelle grande chambre!)
- How many bedrooms are there? (Combien de chambres y at-il?)
- Your bedroom gets lots of natural light (Votre chambre reçoit beaucoup de lumière naturelle)
French Vocabulary Related To The Bathroom
The bathroom (la salle de bain) is one of the most visited rooms of the house! It’s also a place that goes by many names, each with its own distinction. Let’s take a look:
- la salle de bain – is a private complete bathroom
- les toilettes – is another word for bathroom or washroom
- WC – stands for wash closet and means a very small space with just a toilet, sink and mirror. Public washrooms are referred to as WC
Here are the words for all the items you may find in a washroom:
|un porte-avon||soap tray|
|un porte-serviettes||towel rack|
|un tapis de bain||bath mat|
Conversational Vocabulary For The Bathroom
Where is the bathroom? This can actually be answered in three different ways:
- Où es le WC?
- Où es les toilettes?
- Où es la salle de bains?
Here are some other ways to have a conversation about bathrooms in French:
- How many bathrooms does the house have? Combien de salles de bains la maison a-t-elle?
- Is there a bathtub? (Y a-t-il une baignoire?)
- Is there a double sink? (Y a-t-il un double lavabo?)
- The toilet isn’t working (Les toilettes ne fonctionnent pas)
- There’s no hot water in the shower (Il n’y a pas d’eau chaude dans la douche)
Dining Room Furniture In French
These are the words to describe dining room (salle à manger) furniture in French:
|la nappe de table||tablecloth|
|la vitrine||dish cabinet|
Office/Study Vocabulary In French
If a home or apartment has a home office, this is how to say the furniture and appliance names in French:
|chaise de bureau||desk chair|
|le classeur||filing cabinet|
Laundry Room Vocabulary In French
If a home or apartment happens to have a laundry room Buanderie (this would be quite a luxury), this is how to say the appliance names in French:
|la machine à laver||washing machine|
|le cintre||clothes hanger|
|le panier à linge||clothes basket|
Other French House Vocabulary
These are the other features in a home you may like to know including how to describe levels.
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