Crossword: How Much Do You Know About The French Language?

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Crossword: How Much Do You Know About The French Language?

When it comes to fine-tuning your French, are you puzzled about new ways to break from the regular routine? Sure, you can use nifty features like Babbel’s Review Manager to brush up on your French language knowledge. But if you’re looking to add a little criss-crossed fun to your language learning, you might want to get a little perpendiculaire. This French crossword is the perfect way to make your review a little more playful (and a little more puzzling).

So what are you waiting for? Try your luck and flex your French crossword smarts with this mots croisés.

If you’re stuck, skip to the end to see the clues linked to other articles and videos that can provide hints to the answers. Bonne chance!

French Crossword Clues (And Some Hints)

Across

1 — a hard-to-pronounce French word that means “hardware store”
5 — “pisser ______,” a French expression that means “to waste your efforts”
8 — the word for “eighty” in French
9 — the French verb that means “to give”
10 — in French, the likely gender for a French noun ending in -and, -oir or -eau
15 — what a speaker might say in French if she can’t find the right words
17 — the language family to which French belongs
18 — how to say “the cheese” in French
19 — a greeting that means “good evening” in French
20 — how to say “brown” in French (in its singular form)

Down

2 — how to say “fifty” in French
3 — how to say “the food” in French
4 — how to say “in the morning” in French when telling time
6 — the only language in the world studied as a non-native language more than French
7 — the island nation at the southern end of Africa where French is an official language
11 — the fourth largest French-speaking city in the world (it’s in Canada)
12 — the continent where roughly half of all native French speakers live
13 — how to say “two o’clock” in French
14 — how to say “I love you” in French
16 — the French verb that means “to be able to” or “can”

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David Doochin
David is a content producer for Babbel USA, where he writes for Babbel Magazine and oversees Babbel's presence on Quora. He’s a native of Nashville and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied linguistics and history. Before Babbel he worked at Quizlet and Atlas Obscura. A geek for grammar and an editorial enthusiast, he speaks Spanish (and dabbles in German, Dutch, Afrikaans and Italian). When he’s not curating his Instagram meme collection, you can find him spending too much money on food and exploring new cities around the world.
David is a content producer for Babbel USA, where he writes for Babbel Magazine and oversees Babbel's presence on Quora. He’s a native of Nashville and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied linguistics and history. Before Babbel he worked at Quizlet and Atlas Obscura. A geek for grammar and an editorial enthusiast, he speaks Spanish (and dabbles in German, Dutch, Afrikaans and Italian). When he’s not curating his Instagram meme collection, you can find him spending too much money on food and exploring new cities around the world.
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