While the vocabulary of love is known for being charming and sophisticated, French language is also pretty ridiculous sometimes. Let's celebrate a few of French grammar moments that really made us mort de rire.

French is spoken by an estimated 274 million people in the world, but that doesn't mean it's a walk in the park. French pronunciation has up to 17 vowels depending on the dialect, and most of them are nasal. Many words sound the same but mean completely different things. Everything has a gender. It can take days of examining your relationship to someone before you figure out if it's more polite to call them tu or vous. Oh, and also we must not forget the funny French way of counting! Adding all of this together, French sure seems like the hardest language to learn.

Whether you consider yourself a Francophile, or you've barely mastered bonjour, these struggles will be all too real. To make the French learning process a bit easier we've compiled some really funny jokes about it, so at least you can practice your laughing in French.

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Pi...
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4 years ago

This cracked me up.

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JEFF THE KILLER
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4 years ago

When you figure out France is trying to trigger you again.

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Marco Andreas
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4 years ago

great return

Camille Graphliart
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4 years ago

I want to know where 'Butterfly' comes from too!

Eddy Mhalli
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4 years ago

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Martz Migraña
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4 years ago

Talking about that.. I don't know why an "aubergine" it's commonly called "eggplant" in English, it's like "oh, look at that delicious veggie, so purple and smooth, it's just like an.. how d'you say?, Egg!! But it's a plant so, EGGPLANT! HAHHA

Sheepishness
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4 years ago

In Dutch it's aardappel, which literally means Earth Apple as well 😂

Hannah Hanson
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4 years ago

I believe that apple used to mean pretty much any kind of fruit. I guess it is the same way in french.

Dschej Ar
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4 years ago

In the middle ages "apple" was the word for "fruit". The the "pine apple" is a "fruit that lloks like a pine cone", and the "earth apple" is a fruit that grows in the earth. Do some research before you make fun of languages that are older than your country.

Mario Issa
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4 years ago

someone got offended byt he net

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Master Markus
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4 years ago

It's all stupid now, but probably derives from how "apple" used to be a general word for "fruit". Technically incorrect for a potato, but the people who made up these words were not familiar with our modern distinctions of what various plant parts were, capisce?

Hank Wattenscheid
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4 years ago

"Erdapfel" (= earth apple) is also common in Austria AFAIK

A Mueller
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4 years ago

True - greetings from Lower Austria, Austria

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Alix MD
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11 months ago

Ahhh c'est bien ! Merci ! 😂

Mousse
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4 years ago

I can imagine APH France saying this

Sophia Cai
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2 years ago

Especially the laughing part.

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Ronit Rahmani
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4 years ago

In A lot of languages potato is apple of the earth

Yiannis Koumparou
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4 years ago

Well in formal Greek is the same (γεώμηλο) but we commonly use potato (πατάτα)

Bettina Kamann
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4 years ago

Also in german: "Erdapfel" - earth apple. Though "Kartoffel" is much more common.

Isabelle Hadorn
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4 years ago

Also called patate

Enea
Community Member
4 months ago

Austria: HAHAHA, but seriously, folks, it's called Grundbirn (ground pear).

Marie Arsac
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1 year ago

wtf... "pomme de terre" means "land apple", I think. You know, the land in which you plant vegetables.

Willemijn De Ruyter
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1 year ago

Potato in Dutch is "aardappel", which also means earth apple

Brian Mcclaskey
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2 years ago

English would have the phrase "apple of pine" in that case and yet english doesnt. Hmm

Sondre Strøm Linde
Community Member
4 years ago

Also called that in some norwegian dialects. Jordeple.

Angela Ruiter
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4 years ago

in Dutch we also call it earth apple (aardappel)

Benicio del Pilitch
Community Member
4 years ago

oui, mais ... nos pommes de pin ?

Joanna Huang
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm learning French and I'm supposed to know what they are saying, but I don't. (sigh)

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
4 years ago

Ummmm, wha???

Just a Purpler
Community Member
4 years ago

Touché les francais, touché. Not to mention a potato looks a lot more like an Apple than a pineapple does haha

Isabelle Stein
Community Member
4 years ago

loved this

Simon Bousquet
Community Member
4 years ago

Uh... Eggplant?

Eiram
Community Member
4 years ago

For potato we use the word patate

Hank Wattenscheid
Community Member
4 years ago

"Erdapfel" (= earth apple) is also common in Austria and some southern german dialects.

Lorraine
Community Member
4 years ago

Hon hon hon oui oui baguette!

Israel Martinez
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4 years ago

Touche ...

Stephen Harris
Community Member
4 years ago

We could just as easily mock English, as an Englishman living in France I'm laughing whilst sitting firmly on the fence 😁

Sarah Gaudenzi-Sachachrinalatriax
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4 years ago

Oui oui oui !

Julie Brasseur
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4 years ago

Hon, hon, hon!

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Miklós Nagy
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4 years ago

They are counting how many years left before they can go to uni and do dru- I mean study hard.

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Stephen Harris
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4 years ago

But it's pronounced 'kes ke say' a lot of French autograph has silent letters

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#6

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Pi...
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4 years ago

Gosh! Imagine translating that Ariana Grande song into French!

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#7

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Samantha
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4 years ago

The French version of "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers"

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Isabelle Hadorn
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4 years ago

Not all french speaking countries count this way. Belgium and Switzerland still use, septante (70), huitante (80) and nonante (90)

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Leonardo Sinigaglia
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4 years ago

"Go on and cry, you'll piss less". Great! I will use it in italian

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#10

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Pi...
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4 years ago

Gotta remember this line!

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#11

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Rachael Leventhal
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4 years ago

Singing "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" must take forever!

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#12

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Master Markus
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4 years ago

I doubt dying feels that good.

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#13

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giovanna
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4 years ago

Come on this is done in many many languages, it's just you English speakers who don't :D

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Danny Teok
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4 years ago

In China, is just "the aunty" is here.

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#15

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Lauren Webster
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4 years ago

Baguette magique

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#16

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giovanna
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4 years ago

Yeah, let's talk about "laugh"

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#17

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Samuel Vardier
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4 years ago

Actually more like "oil of nut of coco", or else French would be "huile de la noix du coco" whereas it's "huile de noix de coco". Makes sense.

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#18

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Miklós Nagy
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4 years ago

Well, it's actually makes sense.

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JEFF THE KILLER
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4 years ago

Don't worry they are just dumbing it down for beginners XD

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Lorraine
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4 years ago

Oh, you Americans always butcher the French language!

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maryhadalittlelamb
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4 years ago

but then again he spelled it as "handfull". how we know if he meant handful or hand full? it's ok to be confused! ;)

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Jessy Mullings
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4 years ago

Why ?

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#23

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Ophélie Hollyhock
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4 years ago

What's the matter with this one ? :o

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#24

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Master Markus
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4 years ago

I'm fairly certain that "breaking my balls" is also an English phrase. Not sure what country it originates from.

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Camille Graphliart
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4 years ago

Until you meet "actually" "actuellement" "eventually" et "éventuellement" or dramatic/dramatique which ended with different meanings xD

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Kristin Kristin
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4 years ago

Oui = yes in french + ja = yes in german = oui+ja = ouija. Sorry, mate

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Anna Lambert
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4 years ago

"Faire le con" doesn't mean to fuck. This means to be an ass.

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Flo Ris
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4 years ago

I don't get that one... Help, somebody ? (sorry, I'm french...)

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