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l’Histoire – How To Say Story & History In French

l’Histoire – How To Say Story & History In French

Today we’ll have a look at the feminine noun histoire, which means both story and history. A common mistake is for students to want to pronounce the H, which is completely silent. The pronunciation is: ee-stoir or [istwaʀ].


story, history

l’Histoire – Story & History

Word origin

According to, histoire comes from ἱστορία (historía) in Greek, meaning knowledge from research or a story of what one learned.

Example sentences

The French use the verb raconter for “telling”stories. This first sentence is in the near future tense, which I explain in this lesson.

Je vais te raconter une super histoire.

I’m going to tell you a great story.

Romeo et Juliette est une histoire d’amour.

Romeo and Juliette is a love story.

In French, the expression raconter des histoires means to lie, fib or tell tall tales.

Tu racontes des histoires ? Dis la verité !

Are you telling tall tales? Tell the truth!

En France can translate to both “to” or “in” France. This lesson explains the confusing geographical prepositions.

C’est une bonne idée d’étudier l’histoire française avant de voyager en France.

It’s a good idea to study French history before traveling to France.


Et voilà ! Now you know how to use histoire in French! Now check our this fascinating post covering the top 26 most famous people in French history!

Histoire: (French) Feminine noun meaning story and history.

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David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six 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 online lessons. When procrastinating working on FrenchLearner, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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