30 French Water Words 💦

Author: Camille Chevalier-Karfis

List of French water terms and how to ask “I would like some water” in French. French vocabulary + English translation.

How do you Say Water in French?

Water in French is “l’eau”. It’s feminine, and pronounced [lo]. Plural is “les eaux” pronounced [lé zo].

How do you Say I Would Like Some Water in French

To say I would like some water in French, at a restaurant for example, say:

Je voudrais de l’eau – I’d like some water

Maybe you’d like to be more precise:

  1. Je voudrais une bouteille d’eau – I’d like a bottle of water
  2. Je voudrais une carafe d’eau – I’d like a pitcher of water
  3. Je voudrais un verre d’eau – I’d like a glass of water

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Different Types of Water

  1. L’eau plate – still water
  2. L’eau gazeuse – sparkling water
  3. L’eau minérale – mineral water
  4. L’eau du robinet – tap water
  5. L’eau douce – freshwater (for aquariums for example)
  6. L’eau de mer – sea water
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Common French Water Brands

This can be useful at a restaurant in France:

  1. still mineral water: Evian, Vittel, Contrex
  2. sparkling water: Perrier, Badoit,

More French Water Terms

  1. La pluie : rain
  2. La flotte ( slang) : rain / water
  3. la mer : the sea
  4. L’océan : the ocean
  5. Une fontaine : fountain
  6. Un robinet : tap

River French Vocabulary

  1. Le ruisseau = stream
  2. La rivière = river (often mistaken by students with “la rive” = the river bank)
  3. La berge, la rive = the river bank
  4. Le fleuve = river which ends in the sea (so watch out: may students use this word for “river”, but it’s a specific kind of river… the generic term you should use is “une rivière”
  5. Le lit de la rivière = river bed
  6. Le courant =  current
  7. La source = the source, the spring
  8. L’embouchure (f) = the mouth
  9. L’éstuaire (m) = estuary, where “le fleuve” meets the sea
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French Flood Vocabulary

  1. La crue : rise in the water level
  2. L’inondation (f) : flood
  3. Le débordement : overflowing
  4. Déborder : to overflow
Author: Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Born and raised in Paris, I have been teaching today's French to adults for 23+ years in the US and France. Based on my students' goals and needs, I've created unique downloadable French audiobooks focussing on French like it's spoken today, for all levels. Most of my audiobooks are recorded at several speeds to help you conquer the modern French language. Good luck with your studies and remember, repetition is the key!

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