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Jeux Olympiques – How to say the Olympic Games in French

Jeux Olympiques – How to say the Olympic Games in French

Following all excitement about France hosting the Summer Olympics in 2024, we thought it would be fun to answer the question: “How do you say the Olympic Games in French?” The answer: les Jeux olympiques. Today’s lesson will explore several example sentences about this year’s olympics. Keep reading!

les Jeux Olympiques

Olympic Games

Jeux Olympiques = Olympics games in French

Word origin

The French word jeu (game) comes iŏcus in Latin. According to, “olympics” comes from Ολυμπιακός (olimpiakos) in Greek, meaning “from Olympia or Olympus”.

Example sentences

In this first example sentence, auront lieu is the future tense of avoir lieu (to take place). There are two main ways to say “year” in French: an and année.

Quand auront lieu les Jeux olympiques cette année ?

When will the Olympic games take place this year?

This next sentence use the reflexive verb se tenir which means “to take place”. Tenir in the non-reflexive form means “to hold”. Été in French means “summer” and is also the past paritciple of être (to be), meaning “was” or “have been”. This lesson on our site covers how to say the date in French.

Les Jeux olympiques d’été se tiendront à Paris du 26 juillet au 11 août 2024.

The Summer Olympic Games will take place in Paris from July 26 through August 11, 2024.

This next sentence uses the personal pronoun on, which has many meanings including you, we and people in general. This post on our site covers the conjugation of acheter (to buy).

Où peut-on acheter les billets des Jeux olympiques ?

Where can you buy tickets for the Olympic games?

For this final sentence, the verb recevoir means both to receive and to host. In this lesson we cover the word pays (country) in detail.

Quel pays reçoit les prochains Jeux olympiques ?

Which country is hosting the next Olympic Games?


Et voilà ! Now you know how to use les Jeux olympiques in French! Now check our lesson covering French sports vocabulary! Curious about the mascot of this year’s olympics? Check our our article on the phryges!

les Jeux Olympiques = Olympic Games
les Jeux Olympiques = Olympic Games

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