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The Computer Magasin: Getting Technical Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Vocabulary

Last week mon ordinateur était en panne (my computer was broken) and I had to go to le magasin d’informatique (the computer store). I was worried that mon vocabulaire d’informatique (my computer vocabulary) wasn’t good enough and that I wouldn’t be able to explain the problem. On top of that, with la canicule, it was so hot I just didn’t want to do anything!

I knew some basic vocabulaire, and that was enough to let me know that I might not be able to say what I needed.

Par exemple (for example), I wasn’t quite sure how to say:

There seems to be a problem with the boot sector, and I’m afraid the hard drive has failed.

I had to try if I wanted my computer fixed! I walked in and said:

-Il me semble qu’il y a un problème avec le secteur boot et j’ai peur que le disque dur ait échoué.

He understood! Although I quickly learned boot sector is le secteur d’intialisation and not le secteur boot. However his prognosis made my feelings of success short lived.

-Ça va prendre cinq jours au moins et si c’est le disque dur, ça va couter 500 € (cinq cents euros) pour le remplacer et l’installer, plus le coût de main d’œuvre.

It will take five days and if it’s the hard drive, it will cost €500 to replace it and install it, plus labor costs.

I wasn’t prepared to pay €500, so I asked:

-Est-ce que je peux le faire moi-même ?

-En fait, si vous voulez, utilisez une live DVD Linux et voir si les données sont toujours là. Alors vous allez savoir si le disque dur est en panne ou non.

-C’est une bonne idée !

Can I do it myself?

In fact, if you want to, use a Linux live DVD and see if the data is still there. Then you will know if the harddrive is broken or not.

That’s a good idea!

I bought un DVD and une fois à la maison (once I was home), his idea worked! I could sauvegarder (backup, save) all my files and nothing was lost!

Voici une liste de mots d’informatique :

La batterie/la pile battery
Le bug, l’erreur glitch, bug (computer problem)
Le clavier keyboard
Le Disque Dur Hard Drive
Les données data
L’écran (m) screen
Effacer, supprimer to delete
Le fichier file
L’imprimante (f) printer
Imprimer to print
L’informatique (f) Computing, computer science, programming
Installer to install
Le lecteur CDROM CDROM player
Le logiciel program (software)
Le lien link
Le matériel hardware
La mémoire memory
La mise-a-jour update
Mettre à jour to update
Le moniteur monitor
L’octet (m) byte
L’ordinateur (m) computer
Le plantage crash
Le réseau network
Le site web website
La touche key (of a keyboard)
Le serveur server
Le son sound
La souris mouse
Le système d’exploitation Operating system
La Toile The Web
La sauvegarde backup, save

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About the Author: John Bauer

John Bauer is an enthusiast for all things language and travel. He currently lives in France where he's doing his Master's. John came to France four years ago knowing nothing about the language or the country, but through all the mistakes over the years, he's started figuring things out.