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🪁 French Playground Vocabulary

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

What? An empty playground? Learn the French playground vocabulary and see Olivier, Leyla and I make total fools of ourselves in this small video.

Playgrounds are very popular in France. We call them “une aire de jeux” or “un parc pour enfant”.

French people sometimes have swing sets in their gardens but they are usually much smaller than what I’ve seen in the US, so it’s quite common to take your young children to the playground.

1 – French Playground Vocabulary

Let’s study the French vocabulary for playgrounds .

  1. une aire de jeux – playground
  2. un parc (pour enfants) – playground
  3. une tyrolienne – zip line
  4. un tourniquet – turnstile
  5. un toboggan – slide
  6. une bascule (or familiar: un tape-cul) – see-saw
  7. une cage à poule / à écureuils – monkey bars
  8. un bac à sable – sand box
  9. une toile d’araignée / une structure à grimper – the structure you see in the background of the video with ropes: kids climb on it.
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2 – French Swing set Vocabulary

On a swing set (“un portique”), you’ll often find:

  1. Une balançoire – swing
  2. Une balancelle – face to face swing set
  3. Une balançoire pour bébé – baby swing
  4. Une balançoire en disque – disc shaped swing
  5. Une balançoire nid d’oiseau – meshed swing
  6. Un pneu (vertical / horizontal) – swing made of tire (vertical / horizontal)
  7. Un trapèze – trapeze
  8. Des anneaux – gymnastic rings
  9. Une corde – rope
  10. Une corde à noeuds – knotted climbing rope
  11. Une échelle en corde – rope ladder
  12. Un toboggan – slide

3 – French Playground Vocabulary Video

Watch Olivier, Leyla and I act like kids as we walk by our neighbourhood playground in Paimpol, France.

Using the options on the bottom right of the YouTube video, you may choose no subtitles, or French or English CC.


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Can You Understand Today’s Spoken French?

It’s not just slang. The French everybody speaks in France today is NOT the overly enunciated, extremely formal French usually taught to foreigners.