French Sports Vocabulary

Here you will find a complete list of French sports vocabulary. A lot of names for sports words are borrowed from English, with only the first word or syllable being used.  For example, volleyball is “le volley” and basketball is “le basket“. Most of the borrowed words use the masculine gender and therefore take the direct article, “Le“. An exception is boxing, which is written in the feminine form: la boxe. NOTE: This is an audio lesson. Click on any of the French words or pictures below, listen and repeat.

la boxe
la boxe
boxing
la course
la course
running
la dance
la dance
dancing
la gymnastique
la gymnastique
gymnastics
la lutte
la lutte
wrestling
la marche
la marche
walking
la musculation
la musculation
bodybuilding
la peche
la pêche
fishing
la plongee
la plongée
la plongée
la randonnee
la randonnée
hiking/backpacking
la voile
la voile
sailing
l'alpinisme
l’alpinisme
mountaineering
l'athletisme
l’athlétisme
track and field
l'aviron
l’aviron
rowing
le base-ball
le base-ball
baseball
le basket
le basket
basketball
le cyclisme
le cyclisme
biking
le foot
le foot
soccer/football
le football americain
le football américain
American football
le golf
le golf
golf
le handball
le handball
handball
le hockey sur gazon
le hockey sur gazon
field hockey
le hockey sur glace
le hockey sur glace
ice hockey
le jogging
le jogging
jogging
le parachutisme
le parachutisme
skydiving
le parpente
le parpente
paragliding
le patinage artistique
le patinage artistique
figure skating
le patinage de vitesse
le patinage de vitesse
speed skating
le ping-pong
le ping-ping
ping-ping
le ski de descente
le ski de descente
downhill skiing
le ski nautique
le ski nautique
water skiing
le tennis de table
le tennis de table
table tennis
le tennis
le tennis
tennis
le tir
le tir
shooting
le velo
le vélo
biking
le volley
le volley
volleyball
l'equitation
l’équitation
horseback riding
les arts martiaux
les arts martiaux
martial arts
les sports de combat
les sports de combat
combat sports
l'escrime
l’escrime
(f) fencing
l'halterophilie
l’haltérophilie
(f) weightlifting
le rugby
le rugby
rugby

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