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How to say ‘I’m taking a French class’

Camille Chevalier-Karfis By Camille Chevalier-Karfis - updated on Jul 7, 2020
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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:

  1. “Je suis un cours de français” (of the verb “suivre”: ‘to follow’)
    I’m taking a French class
  2. “Je fais partie d’une classe de français”,
    I’m enrolled in a French class
  3. “J’adore ma classe/mon cours de français”,
    I love my French class
  4. “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:

  1. “J’étudie le français”
    I study French
    The name of the language is “le français”, and it’s masculine.
  2. J’étudie la langue française
    I study the French language
    “La langue” being feminine, the adjective “française” is also in the feminine.
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