I hear many mistakes when students translate “I am taking a French class” in French. They tend to translate word by word from English, and unfortunately, it doesn’t work. I’ll give you many options to translate “French class” in French.
1 – Mistake translating French class in French
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In French you cannot say “French class”. Your class is not French itself: it’s a class about the French language. “French class” is an idiom in English.
So translating word by word and saying: “une classe française” is a mistake.
2 – How to translate ‘I’m taking a French class’ in French
When you say ‘I’m taking a French class’, what you are really saying is that you are taking a class about the French language.
‘I take a French class = I take a class of French language’ = je suis une classe DE FRANÇAIS.
On a side note, people have been pointing out that it should be “je suis un cours de français”, the class being the people, the course the content.
It may be a mistake, but it’s very common in French to say “une classe de français” for both people and content.
So here are a few possible translations to talk about your French class:
- “Je suis un cours de français” (of the verb “suivre”: ‘to follow’)
I’m taking a French class
- “Je fais partie d’une classe de français”,
I’m enrolled in a French class
- “J’adore ma classe/mon cours de français”,
I love my French class
- “Je déteste ma prof de français”
I hate my French teacher
In any case, to say “French” for a class, it’s “de français“, never “français/française”, which is my point :-)
More about how to translate French and France in French.
3 – How to translate ‘I study French’ in French
To say ‘I study French’, here is what you can say: