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La Maison – How To Say House In French

La Maison – How To Say House In French

In today’s lesson we’ll have a look at the feminine noun maison which means “house” and “home”. This is a pretty basic word but it’s important to get the pronunciation right!

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La maison – house in French

Word origin

According to, the modern French feminine noun maison comes from mansionem in Latin.


The pronunciation of maison is: may-sohn or [mɛzɔ̃]. The final ON is a nasal sound and the N is not pronounced. Camille at French Today explains the French nasal sounds in this post.

Example sentences

This example sentence is somwhat autobiographical. At the bottom of the page I’ve included a picture of the house where I lived as a student in the north of France in high school!

Les maisons dans le nord de la France sont construites en briques.

The houses in the north of France are made of brick.

The word depuis means “since”. When combined with the present tense, it translates to “have/has been”. This lesson explains depuis in detail.

Nous habitons dans cette maison depuis quinze ans.

We’ve been living in this house for 15 years.

This example sentence uses the construction faire + infinitive, which is used to express having an action done or carried out.

La famille fait construire une maison à la campagne.

The family is having a house built in the countryside.

The adjective for homemade is masion. In this usage, maison is an invariable adjective and doesn’t take an E in the feminine form or an S in the plural form. Fait maison is another adjective for homemade.

La confiture maison de grand-mere est délicieuse.

Grandmother’s homemade jam is delicious.


Et voilà ! You now know how to use maison in French. Now check out this lesson covering ville (city) in French.

Picture of a house in northern France.
Voici la maison où j’ai vécu dans le nord de la France. Here’s the house where I lived in northern France.

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David Issokson

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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