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French Wordle game: SUTOM Posted by on Jan 27, 2022 in Culture, Vocabulary


You may have already heard the hype around the new addictive word game called Wordle. This simple daily game challenges you to guess a word in six tries, and it lets you know if a letter is in the word or not, and whether it is in the right place. The word is always a 5 letter word and usually pretty common, so it’s not necessarily challenging your English vocabulary knowledge, but it’s a great brain-workout!

Here’s what it looks like (don’t worry, no spoilers for today’s Wordle as this one is a past one!):

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But for language learners, a game like this would be not only a brain-workout, but also a challenging way to test our vocabulary knowledge. Thankfully someone has also created a French version called SUTOM.

The rules are very similar to Wordle:


“Vous avez six essais pour deviner le mot du jour.
Vous ne pouvez proposer que des mots commençant par la même lettre que le mot recherché, et qui se trouvent dans notre dictionnaire.
Les lettres entourées d’un carré rouge sont bien placées,
les lettres entourées d’un cercle jaune sont mal placées (mais présentes dans le mot).
Les lettres qui restent sur fond bleu ne sont pas dans le mot.
Il y a un mot par jour, entre 6 et 9 lettres, et il est identique pour tout le monde. Évitez donc les spoils et privilégiez le bouton de partage.”

“You have six tries to guess the word of the day.
You can only suggest words starting with the same letter as the searched word, and which are in our dictionary.
The letters surrounded by a red square are well placed,
the letters surrounded by a yellow circle are misplaced (but present in the word).
The letters that remain on a blue background are not in the word.
There is one word per day, between 6 and 9 letters, and it is the same for everyone. So avoid spoilers and favor the share button.”


The real fun part is of course then sharing your results, without giving away the answer to anyone who hasn’t yet done their SUTOM of the day. Sharing is similar to Wordle, and looks as such:

SUTOM #20 4/6


If you are wondering what the word SUTOM is from, it’s actually the inverse of the name of the French TV game: MOTUS! 

Si vous adorez Wordle, je vous recommande SUTOM pour ameliorer votre français! Partagez vos résultats ci-dessous si vous en avez envie.

If you love Wordle, I recommend SUTOM to improve your French! Share your results below if you feel like it.


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  1. Lily:

    What is the French wordle answer

    • Tim Hildreth:

      @Lily The answer changes every day! A vous de trouver!

  2. Marie-Claude:

    I like the game a BUT how can I have fun if the world to find is either in English or French… for examples museum, penalty. You should stick to one language.

  3. anna:

    Is this game always nine letters? thanks

    • Tim Hildreth:

      @anna No, Anna, the French is a different length every day! It makes it quite tricky. Bonne chance!