Can You Ace This French Noun Gender Quiz?

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By: Isadora Teich

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About This Quiz

Think you can parlez with the best of them? For centuries French was the language of European high society and an international language of art, science and intellectual pursuits. Today it is known as the language of love, but for non-French speakers, it can be incredibly tricky. It's grammar, pronunciation, verb tenses, and use of accents can really throw English speakers for a loop. 

One very significant way that French differs from English is in its nouns. French is a Romance language, meaning that it descends from Latin. Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian and French are the most commonly spoken Romance languages on earth, and they all share a certain quirk. In all of these languages, nouns are gendered. Depending on the language, there might be 2 or even 3 genders.  

In French, nouns can be either masculine or feminine, and it is not always clear which noun is which, which can make it easy for beginner French speakers to slip up. Sometimes, changing the gender of a noun can change the meaning of a word entirely!  

If you think your French grammar is parfait and you know your masculine nouns from your feminine nouns, they try your hand at this quiz! Bonne chance! 

____ Bouche

This body part is a feminine noun. La bouche means "the mouth."

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_____ Maison

La Maison is a feminine noun. It is French for house.

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______ Table

This is French for table. It is a feminine noun.

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____ Fromage

Le fromage is french for "the cheese." It is a masculine noun.

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____ Chemise

La chemise means "the shirt." It is a feminine noun.

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_____ Pain

Le pain is French for "the bread." It is a masculine noun.

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___ Dîner

Le dîner means "dinner" in French. It is a masculine noun.

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__ Frère

This noun means brother. It is a masculine noun.

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___ Cœur

This masculine noun is French for "the heart." It is pronounced "cuhrr."

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___ Gare

La gare refers to the train station. It is a feminine noun important for travelers to know.

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____ Stylo

Le stylo means "the pen." It is a masculine noun.

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_____ Vie

"La Vie" means life or existence. It is a feminine noun.

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___ Mer

La mer means "the sea" in French. It is a feminine noun.

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_____ Pomme

La pomme is French for "the apple." This is a feminine noun.

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_______ Femme

Une Femme means "a woman." This feminine word also means wife.

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____ Magasin

Le magasin is French for "the store." Be sure to pronounce the "s" in this masculine noun as a "z" to make it sound more authentically French.

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_____ Jour

This is a masculine noun. It means day or daytime.

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_____ Ami

If you have "un ami" then you have a friend. This noun is masculine.

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______ Tête

La tête means the face or head in French. It is a feminine noun.

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____ Amour

In French, love is a masculine noun. Since it starts with a vowel, it is written and pronounced "L'amour."

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___ Ville

La ville means city or town. It is a feminine noun.

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_______ Cahier

Le cahier is a masculine noun. It means "the notebook."

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___ Matin

Le matin means "the morning" in French. It's a masculine noun.

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____ Printemps

La Printemps means spring in French. It is a masculine noun.

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____ Chambre

La chambre refers to the bedroom. It is a feminine noun.

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____ Parapluie

Un parapluie means "an umbrella." It is a masculine noun.

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____ Homme

Un homme means "a man." This noun is masculine

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____ Bateau

Le bateau means "the boat." It is a masculine noun.

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___ Portefeuille

Un portefeuille means "a wallet" in French. It is a masculine noun.

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__ Beurre

Le beurre means "the butter" in French. It is a masculine noun.

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_____ Bras

This masculine noun is French for "arms." Don't pronounce the "s" at the end for a proper sound.

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___ Jardin

Le jardin is French for "the garden." It is a masculine noun.

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___ Rue

La rue is French for "the street." It is a feminine noun.

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_____ Monde

This noun is masculine. It can be used to refer to the world or all the world's people.

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_____ Manteau

Le manteau means "the coat." It is a masculine noun.

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