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Famille – Family

Famille – Family

Today we’ll have a look at the feminine noun famille, which means family. Many students mistake the pronunciation of this word by pronouncing the double-LL. Don’t say the LLs! Famille in French sounds like “fam-ee” with a slight Y sound.

la famille

family

FrenchLearner Word of the Day lesson explaining the feminine noun famille (family).

Word origin

The Modern French feminine noun famille comes from familia (household) in Latin.

Pronunciation

The pronunciation of family in French is: famille or [famij]. This post covering the French reading rules explains the LL in detail.

Example sentences

The expression être issu de means “to come from”.

Marc est issu d’une grande famille. Il a beaucoup de cousins.

Marc comes form a big family. He has a lot of cousins.

In French, la belle-famille can refer to both the family-in-law and stepfamily.

Nous allons dîner chez la belle-famille aujourd’hui.

We’re going to have dinner at the in-laws today.

Interestingly, the feminine noun guêpe translates to both wasp and yellow jacket.

Les abeilles et les guêpes appartiennent à la famille des insectes.

Bees and yellow jackets belong to the same of insects.

Word of the Day Lessons

The feminine noun la famille means family in French.
The feminine noun la famille means family in French.

French Lessons by David Issokson

Conclusion

Et voilà ! You now know how to use famille in French. Now check out this lesson covering French family vocabulary!

References

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David Issokson is a lifelong language learner and speaks over seven languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private lessons. When not teaching or writing his French Word of the Day lessons, David enjoys his time skiing, hiking and mountain biking in Victor, Idaho.

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David Issokson is a lifelong language learner and speaks over seven languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private lessons. When not teaching or writing his French Word of the Day lessons, David enjoys his time skiing, hiking and mountain biking in Victor, Idaho.

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