Reading / La lecture (v)

Useful list of French vocabulary related to books and reading

Vocab

la lecture reading
un lecteur a reader (m)
une lectrice a reader (f)
lire to read
feuilleter to leaf through
dévorer to devour
se plonger dans un livre to get absorbed in a book
un livre a book
une couverture a cover
un titre a title
une page a page (book)
un marque-page a bookmark
un manuscrit a manuscript
un roman a novel
une biographie a biography
une nouvelle a short story
un journal a newspaper
un magazine a magazine
une bande dessinée / une BD a graphic novel
une bande dessinée / une BD a comic strip / comic book
la bibliothèque the library
une librairie a book shop/store

Q&A Forum 1 question, 1 answer

LucienC1Kwiziq community member

Frenchshort stories

I would have expected 'un conte' to be a 'short story'. I was under the impression that 'Une nouvelle' tends to be a long short story. Thus 'Bel-Ami' is a 'roman', 'Boule de Suif' is a 'nouvelle' but 'Une Vendetta' is a 'conte'. What do you think/?

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Lucien, 

The definition of ‘un conte’ is :

a récit, en général assez court de faits imaginaires. 

For me, the translation of conte is ‘tale’ as in 'fairy tale' ( conte de fées) so it is not the word I would use for a short story.

P.s. I love 'Boule de Suif' ...

Bonne continuation!

Frenchshort stories

I would have expected 'un conte' to be a 'short story'. I was under the impression that 'Une nouvelle' tends to be a long short story. Thus 'Bel-Ami' is a 'roman', 'Boule de Suif' is a 'nouvelle' but 'Une Vendetta' is a 'conte'. What do you think/?

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