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Grand-père – Grandfather, grandpa

Grand-père – Grandfather, grandpa

In today’s lesson we’ll look at formal and informal terms for grandfather in French: grand-père. Allez, papi! Come on, grandpa!

grand-père

grandfather

Example sentences

This first sentence is the imperfect tense, which the French use to describe actions which “used to” occur.

Mon grand-père adorait la pêche.

My grandfather used to love fishing.

In France, kids often call thier grandfather papi.

Bonjour papi, ça va ?

Hello grandpa, how’s it going?

The term pépère is often used for grandfather in Quebec and north America.

Mon pépère vient du Québec.

My grandfather is from Quebec.

Pépé also means grandpa. In this sentence, pépé is being used as a derogatory term for “old man” or “gramps”. Allez is the second-person plural (vous) form of aller (to go) and means “come on” in this sentence.

Allez pépé, dépêche-toi !

Come on gramps, hurry up!

Conclusion

Et voilà ! Now you know how to say grandfather (grand-père) in French! Now check out our lesson covering grand-mère (grandmother).

Word of the Day lessons

Grand-père means grandfather in French. Other terms for grandpa include papi and pépère.
Grand-père means grandfather in French. Other terms for grandpa include papi and pépère.

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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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