Frequency List: 5,000 Most Popular List

5,000 of the most popular french words:
  1. Word # 24: tout - everything, all and every.

    It is an adjective so it must agree with the number and gender with its noun. For example, tous les soirs - every evening; toutes les femmes - all the women. To remember this word, I know tout le monde means everybody.
  2. Word # 86: même - same.

    Lots of words are derived from this word, for example la même chose - same thing.
  3. Word # 121: quelque - some.

    Quelques is used quite frequently. For example, quelque chose is something, quelque fois is sometimes.
    Practice: Elle achète quelque chose à manger au magasin tous les soirs. - She buys something to eat at the store every evening.
  4. Word # 134: avant (prep) - before.

  5. Word # 238: puis (adv) - then, after and next.

    This adverb is commonly used. Similar sounding word is depuis which means since.
  6. Word # 348: mettre (verb) - to put, to set or to place

    This verb is one of the most common verb and it is an irregular verb. Need to study the conjugation throughly.See conjugation of the verb monter and examples here.
  7. Word # 648: le bout (noun) - the end, the edge, scrap.

    I keep missing this one.
  8. Word # 678: devoir - this word has lots of meaning. For example, as a verb it means, have to, should, must, need and owe. As a noun, it means duty, obligation and homework

    This word has lots of meanings.
  9. Word # 838: tranquille (adj) - quiet.

    Very easy to remember since is similar to the english work tranquil.
  10. Word # 904: monter (verb) - go up.

    Monter has losts of meaning but in this text it means to go up. See conjugation of the verb monter and examples here.
  11. Word # 1101: inutile (adj) - useless, unnecessary or meaningless.

    I had this on Anki but missed it in the reading. I am having problems with adjectives.
    Practice: Depuis la voiture a cassé, elle est inutile.
    -Since the car broke, it is useless.

  12. Word # 1610: maigré (pre) - peaceful.

    This is not a common preposition.
  13. Word # 1892: paroles (mas) (noun) - words.

    Write something here.
  14. Word # 2238: déranger (verb) - to bother.

  15. Word # 3445: sourde (adj) - deaf.

  16. Word # 4319: allumer (verb) - to turn on, to light or to switch.

    This verb has several meanings but it is commonly used as to turn on. For example. Il allume la lampe - He turns on the lamp.
    Practice: Il allume la télévision et regarde les informations. - He turns on the television and watches the news.
  17. Word # 5001 (not in the frequency list): rentre chez lui or rentrer chez soi (verb) - go home.

    The verb rentrer means to return but when used with rentrer chez soi or rentrer chez lui it means to go home.
    Practice: D'habitude, il rentre chez lui à sept heures. - Usually, he returns home a 7pm.
  18. Word # 5002 (not in the frequency list): d'habitude (adv) - usually.

    This adjective is formed from the noun une habitude which means a habit. So d'habitude means habitually or usually. Easy to remember this way.
  19. Word # 5003 (not in the frequency list): d'abord (adv) - first of firstly.

    This adjective comes from the noun abord (m) which means accessibility. I will remember d'abord by relating first to accessibility.
  20. Word # 5004: paisible (adj) - peaceful.

    This is not a common adjective.
  21. Word # 5005: le metteur un scène(noun) - director

    Very simple noun le metteur meaning director.
    Practice: Monsieur Speilberg est un bon metteur en scène, parse il a fait plusieurs bons des films.
    - Mr Speilberg is a good director, because he has made several good films.

  22. Word # 5006: mâcher (verb) - to chew.

    Practice: Quand je suis triste, j'adore mâcher du chewing-gum.
    -When I am sad, I love chewing-gum.

  23. Word # 5007: articuler (verb) - to articulate.

  24. Word # 5008: tout à l'heure - just now.