French Vocabulary – For the birds Posted by Tim Hildreth on Aug 4, 2020 in Language, Vocabulary
This week’s post is brought to you in part by my trip this weekend to la plage (the beach). In these times of social distancing1Dit la distanciation physique, distanciation sociale, ou éloignement sanitaire en français. a trip to the beach seemed like a relatively safe bet what with all the fresh air, sun, and space.
As I relaxed sur la sable (on the sand) I imagined the great post I could write about all the words for things you see à la plage … sadly I quickly discovered we’ve already covered the beach here on the Transparent Language French blog!
Quoi faire ?! (What to do ?!) Fortunately I wasn’t entirely out of luck, because one of the things I saw à la plage gave me another idea.
Les noms des oiseaux
So left without any good beach vocabulary, this week we look at les oiseaux (birds). Starting with:
la mouette / gull, sea gull
la cigogne / stork
l’oie / goose
l’aigle / eagle
le colibri / hummingbird
le cygne / swan
le flamant rose / the pink flamingo
le rossignol3Rossignol is also the name of the famous French ski and sports equipment manufacturer. / nightingale
le corbeau / raven, crow4The proper term for crow is actually une corneille, but most French people will call them corbeau (even if that is really the word for raven).
le moineau / sparrow
le perroquet / parrot
le paon / peacock
le hibou, la chouette6According to this article, while often assumed to be the male and female of the same species, les chouettes et les hiboux are actually different animals … though we call both of them owls in English. / owl
A la semaine prochaine!
Did you notice a few birds missing from the list above? I’ve saved a few for an upcoming post when we’ll look at the birds (and other animals) of la basse-cour.
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