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Le Collège – Middle School, Junior High School

Le Collège – Middle School, Junior High School

Today’s lesson focuses on the masculine noun collège. Many students have a hard time with this word as it is a faux ami or false cognate. Collège in French means middle school or junior high school and not university, which is l’université.

le collège

middle school, junior high school

French lesson explaining the masculine noun collège, meaning middle school or junior high school.
collège = middle school, junior high in French

Le Collège

Word origin

The modern French word collège comes from collegium (partnership) in Latin.

Example sentences

This sentence is autobiographical. I started learning French when I was in the seventh grade in 1987!

J’ai commencé à apprendre le français quand j’étais au collège.

I started learning French when I was in middle school.

In French the word for teenager is un(e) adolescent(e).

Les adolescents vont au collège avant le lycée.

Teenagers go to middle school before high school.

I included this final sentence to show that collégien/collégienne means middle school or junior high school student.

Guillaume est un collégien. Véronique est une collégienne.

Guillaume is a middle school student. Veronique is a middle school student.

Conclusion

Et voilà ! Now you know how to use collège in French. Now check out this related lesson covering le lycée (high school).

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