Fall / L'automne (v)

List of useful French vocabulary related to autumn/fall

Vocab

L'automne The autumn
La saison The season
Les vendanges The grape harvest
Le raisin Grapes
Un grain de raisin One grape
Un arbre A tree
Nu Bare
Perdre To lose
Une feuille A leaf
Tomber To fall
Les feuilles mortes Fallen leaves
Rouge Red
Orange Orange
Jaune Yellow
Balayer To sweep
Un marron (d'Inde) A conker (UK) / a horse chestnut
Un marron A sweet chestnut
Une châtaigne A chestnut
Le gland Acorn
La pomme de pin Pine cone
Un champignon A mushroom

Q&A Forum 1 question, 2 answers

LucienC1Kwiziq community member

Marrons, marrons d'Inde

Les marrons are sweet chestnuts; horse chestnuts, popularly known as conkers, are marrons d'Inde. They are of a similar appearance but from different trees. Also, I wouldn't recommend eating horse chestnuts.

Asked 4 weeks ago
AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Lucien !

Thank you very much for this clarification :)
After looking it up myself, I have an explanation as to where the confusion occurs: indeed, in French, we tend to use the term marron on its own to refer to both edible sweet chestnuts (also called châtaignes) and non-edible horse chestnuts, the long name of which is indeed marron d'Inde

Thanks to your feedback, I've now updated our vocabulary list to reflect these nuances :)

Merci beaucoup et bonne journée !

CélineKwiziq team member

Bonjour Lucien,

Good point! Thank you for pointing this out. I did not know that. 

Bonne journée. 

 

Marrons, marrons d'Inde

Les marrons are sweet chestnuts; horse chestnuts, popularly known as conkers, are marrons d'Inde. They are of a similar appearance but from different trees. Also, I wouldn't recommend eating horse chestnuts.

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