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Can You Pass This Basic French Test?

Scottish kids take exams like this all the time. Are you better at French than them?

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  1. 1.

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    40 rooms, behind the hotel
    30 rooms, in front of the hotel
    20 rooms, behind the hotel
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Correct answer: 20 rooms, behind the hotel.

    Vingt means 20, and derrière means "behind"...and it also means a person's buttocks.

    Correct answer: 20 rooms, behind the hotel. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
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    "Quel type de soupe êtes-vous?"
    "Quelle est la soupe du jour?"
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Correct answer: "Quelle est la soupe du jour?"

    If you said "quel type de soupe êtes-vous?" you would have been asking "which type of soup are you?" Actually, come to think of it, that would make a great BuzzFeed quiz.

    Correct answer: "Quelle est la soupe du jour?" Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
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    17 years
    35 years
    16 years
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Correct answer: 17 years.

    Oui! "Dix-sept" means 17. It translates as "ten-seven", because the French are a very literal people when it comes to numbers.

    Correct answer: 17 years. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
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    Name: A party for my friend Ganesh. Day: Saturday.
    Name: Celebration of the god Ganesh. Day: Sunday.
    Name: Celebration of the god Ganesh. Day: Saturday.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Correct answer: The festival of the god Ganesh, Sunday.

    "Fête" means party or celebration, "dieu" means god, and "dimanche" means Sunday. This is an annual festival run by the Hindu temple Sri Manicka in Paris.

    Correct answer: The festival of the god Ganesh, Sunday.
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  5. 5.

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    Turn left at the church.
    Turn left at Greggs.
    Turn right at the chemist.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Correct answer: Turn left at the church.

    French people don't have any branches of Greggs at all. What a shame for them. They probably don't eat Scotch pie sandwiches either.

    Correct answer: Turn left at the church.
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Correct answer: Left

    "Gendarmerie" means police station.

    Correct answer: Left Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
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  7. 7.

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    She won the first series of Star Academy.
    She lost the first series of Star Academy.
    She was a judge on the first series of Star Academy.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Correct answer: She won the first series of Star Academy

    "Gagné" means win, and "première" means first. Jenifer was also a judge on the French version of The Voice.

    Correct answer: She won the first series of Star Academy Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
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    Between midday and 6pm
    Between midday and 4pm
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Correct answer: Between midday and 4pm.

    "Seize" means 16, and France uses the 24-hour clock, so in this case they're saying 16:00, which is 4pm.

    Correct answer: Between midday and 4pm. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
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    The number 11 and the colour blue.
    The number 10 and the colour red.
    The number 12 and the colour red.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Correct answer: The number 10 and the colour red.

    "Rouge" means red, hence the name of the Moulin Rouge (it means "red windmill.")

    Correct answer: The number 10 and the colour red. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
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    She takes Sylvie's clothes and leaves their room in a mess.
    She stole Sylvie's money and boyfriend.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Correct answer: She takes Sylvie's clothes and leaves their room in a mess.

    "Vêtements" means clothes, "chambre" means room, and "désordre"...well, you can probably guess that one.

    Correct answer: She takes Sylvie's clothes and leaves their room in a mess. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
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    Ask her parents to speak to her sister.
    Tell her parents to let her have her own room.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Correct answer: Ask her parents to speak to her sister.

    "Demande a tes parents de lui parler" translates as "ask your parents to talk to her."

    Correct answer: Ask her parents to speak to her sister. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
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    "Laisse-moi sortir."
    "Laisse-moi rester."
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Correct answer: "Laisse-moi sortir."

    "Sortir" means leave or exit. "Laisse-moi rester" means "let me stay."

    Correct answer: "Laisse-moi sortir." Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
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  13. 13.

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    Cycling lessons
    Cookery classes
    A boat trip
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Correct answer: Cookery classes.

    "Cuisine" = cookery.

    Correct answer: Cookery classes. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
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  14. 14.

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    "Une boîte de thon, du beurre, et du pain."
    "Un seau de bulots, du bière, et du carton."
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Correct answer: "Une boîte de thon, du beurre, et du pain."

    If you go into a shop and ask for "un seau de bulots, du bière, et du carton", you'll receive a bucket of whelks, some beer, and some cardboard. You'd definitely need to take a cookery class to make something with those ingredients.

    Correct answer: "Une boîte de thon, du beurre, et du pain." Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
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Can You Pass This Basic French Test?

Oops, you failed French.

Oh well, never mind. There’s more to life than learning other languages. Everyone knows all you need to do is say everything slowly and loudly in English when you're abroad and everyone will understand you.

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B-grade French student

Très bien! You don’t remember all your high school French, but you did pretty well regardless. Give yourself un grand pat on le back.

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A-grade French student

Félicitations à vous! You're officially smarter than a Scottish kid, when it comes to French, anyway. You're so good at French, in fact, that you could probably go to France and actually speak French to French people, which as everyone knows is a huge achievement. Go to the top of the class.

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