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French Vocabulary

Learn French Vocabulary With Minecraft – Cats and Dogs

Leyla By Leyla on September 15, 2016

Hello – I’m Leyla, Camille and Olivier’s daughter and today I’ll teach your the French pet vocabulary using my favorite video game: Minecraft! I’m sure you and your kids will love it!

Bonjour, c’est Leyla, and welcome to French Today !

Today, I’m going to tell you about cats and dogs in French: here is the French transcript and the English translation of my video: scroll down to play it and learn the correct French pronunciation of all these words!

1 – French Pets Vocabulary

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Les chiens et les chats sont des animaux de compagnie.
Dogs and cats are pets.

2 – Cat in French = Le Chat, La Chatte

Alors, nous allons commencer par les chats.
So let’s start with the cats.

Souvent, en France, on appelle “un chat” “un minou, ou un minet, ou encore un matou”…
Mon chat ici s’appelle “Mistigri”.
Often in France, a cat is called …
My cat is called here “Mistigri”.

Une dame chat s’appelle “une chatte”. Souvent, en France on dit “une minette”, et c’est aussi le nom que j’ai décidé de lui donner.
A lady cat is called “une chatte”. Often, in France we say “a pussycat” and this is also the name that I decided to give her.

Et un bébé chat s’appelle “un chaton”. Il est trop mignon !
And a baby cat is called a “kitten”. He is so cute !

Quand il veut quelque chose, le chat miaule. En français, il fait “miaou”.
Quand il est content, il ronronne.
Et quand il est en colère, il feule.
Il peut aussi grogner, et parfois, il va griffer.

When he wants something, the cat meows. In French it says “meow”.
When he is happy, he purrs.
And when he is angry, he hisses.
It can also growl, and sometimes it will scratch.

3 – Dog in French = Le Chien, La Chienne

Et maintenant, on va voir les chiens.
And now we’ll see the dogs.

On a beaucoup de noms familiers pour “un chien” : “un toutou, un clébard, un roquet, un cabot”. Ils ne sont pas toujours gentils…
We have many familiar names for “a dog”: … They are not always nice …

Mon chien ici s’appelle Rintintin.
My dog is called here Rintintin.

Une dame chien s’appelle “une chienne”.
Celle-ci s’appelle Lassie.
A dog lady called “a bitch”.
This one is called Lassie.

Lassie et Rintintin sont des noms de chiens traditionnels en France. Ils viennent de séries de télévision.
Lassie and Rintintin are traditional dog names in France. They come from television series.

Et un bébé chien s’appelle “un chiot”. Oh, il est mignon !
Baby and a dog called “a puppy”. Oh, he’s cute!

Les chiens aboient souvent. En français, ils vont faire “ouaf ouaf”.
Et s’ils voient un chat, ils vont grogner, c’est certain !
S’ils sont tristes, ils vont gémir: on dit aussi qu’ils pleurent mais ce n’est pas vraiment correct.
Quand leur maître part, ils hurlent parfois.
Et bien sûr, les gentils chiens ne mordent pas !

Dogs often bark. In French, they will do “woof woof”.
And if they see a cat, they will growl, that’s for sure!
If they are sad, they will moan: we also say they cry but it is not really correct.
When their master leaves, they howl sometimes.
And of course, friendly dogs don’t bite!

Et vous ? Est-ce que vous avez un animal de compagnie ? Si oui, comment s’appelle-t-il ?
And you ? Do you have a pet? If so, how is it called?

Voilà, c’est tout pour aujourd’hui.
Here you go, that’s all for today.

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