Vocabulary

Vocabulary

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Staple
L’agrafe
Stapler
L’agrafeuse
National exam for high-school and university teachers
L’agregation
Person who has passed the national exam
L’agrege(e)
To learn
Apprendre
To study by heart, to memorize
Apprendre (etudier) par coeur
To have homework
Avoir des devoirs
To have stage fright
Avoir le trac
To be very exhaused, to be crosseyed with exhaustion
Avoir les yeux qui se coincent
To have (a composition, homework, etc…) to do
Avoir (une redation, des devoirs, etc) a faire
Degree granted to students having completed their secondary studies
Le baccalaureat
Person who has been granted the Baccalaureat
Le bachelier(ere)
Baccalaureat
Le bachot (bac)
To botch one’s work
Bacler son travail
Library
La bibliotheque
Ballpoint pen
Le bic
Hazing
Le bizutage
First year student, freshman (especially in the Grandes Ecoles)
Le bizut(h)
To haze (first year university students)
Bizuter (bizuther)
A new student
Le bleu
To work very hard
Bosser
Book (used to mean only old book)
Le bouquin
To read (to go through old books)
Bouquiner
Scholarship
La bourse
Rough draft
Le brouillon
To study hard (for a test)
Bucher (un examen)
Desk (teacher’s), office
Le bureau
It’s as easy as one, two, three! (lit: It is as simple as saying « good morning. »)
C’est simple comme bonjour
To snitch — To have the blues
Cafarder — Avoir le cafard
A snitch
Le cafardeur(euse)
Notebook
Le cahier
Small calculator
La calculatrice
Knowledgeable, talented
Cale(e)
Campus
Le campus
Lazy and weak student, dunce
Le cancre
Temperament
Le caractere
To be rowdy in class
Chahuter
Manila folder
La chemise
Teacher’s pet
Le chouchou du prof
Keyboard
Le clavier
Detention
La colle, La consigne
To give a detention to a student
Coller un eleve
Private secondary school
Le college
Competition, entrance exam to a place of higher learning
Le concours
Short vacation, day off
Le conge
Copy, student’s work
La copie
To cheat
Copier
Waste paper basket
La corbeille (a papier)
Class, course
Le cours
Degree, diploma
Le diplome
Person who holds a diploma
Diplome(e)
A computer diskette
La disquette
Paper (as in « to write a paper »)
La dissertation (Slang: Disserte)
Doctorate
Le doctorat
To fail an exam
Echour a un examen
To write illegibly
Ecrire comme un chat
Handwriting
L’ecriture
Illegible handwriting
L’ecriture de chat
Education, also manners
L’education
Physical education
L’education physique
Elementary’secondary school student
L’eleve
Schedule
L’emploi du temps
To do nothing
Enfiler des perles
Late
En retard
To scold
Enguirlander
Teaching
L’enseignement
To teach
Enseigner
Test, examination
L’epreuve
Written tests
Les epreuves ecrites
Oral tests
Les epreuves orales
To fail
etre colle
To be daydreaming
etre dans la lune / etre dans les nuages
To be overwhelmed by work
etre deborde de travail
To be educated
etre instruit(e)
to be exhausted
etre lessive(e)
To fail a test
etre recale(e)
To be snowed under with work
etre submerge de travail
Primary education
les etudes primaires (fem.)
Secondary education
les etudes secondaires (fem.)
Higher education
les etudes superieures (fem.)
University/college student
l’etudiant(e) (masc/fem)
To study relentlessly
etudier avec acharnment
College of a university
la faculte
Law school
la faculte de droit
Liberal arts school
la faculte de lettres
Medical school
la faculte de medecine
To call roll
faire l’appel
To play hookey
faire l’ecole buissonniere
To do a job very quickly
faire un travail a six-quatre-deux / en quatrieme vitesse
Felt tip pen
le feutre
To give detention to a student
ficher une colle a un eleve
Lazy, slow moving
flemmard(e)
Illegible handwriting or messy drawing
la gribouillage
To write or draw in a messy manner
gribouiller
Computer printer
l’imprimante (fem.)
Elementary school teacher
l’instituteur (l’institutrice)
le maitre (la maitresse)
Quiz
l’interrogation (fem.)
Kindergarten
le jardin d’enfants
Laboratory
le laboratoire
Bookstore
la librairie
To work very slowly
lambiner
Software
le logiciel
High-school
le lycee
Typewriter
la machine a ecrire
Material – hardware
le materiel
Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten
la maternelle
To recopy one’s homework, which was written as a rough draft to being with
mettre au propre
To store in a computer
mettre en memoire
Microfilm
la micro-fiche
Not to know what to do, to be overwhelmed by work or by problems
ne pas savoir ou donner de la tete
To be unable to make a decision
ne pas savoir sur quel pieds danser
Oral
l’oral (masc)
Computer
l’ordinateur (masc.)
Spelling
l’orthographe (fem.)
Lazy
paresseux (se)
To take a test
passer un examen
potasser
Illegible handwriting
les pattes de mouches
Study hall
la permanence
To study hard
piocher
High school and college teacher
le professeur (abbreviation: prof)
Program
le programme
Student desk
le pupitre
To fail a test
rater un examen
Composition
La redaction
To fail a test
rater un examen
Graduation
le remise des diplomes
The beginning of the school year
la rentree
To pass a test
reussir a un examen
Ruler (to measure with)
la regle
To apply oneself
s’appliquer
Classroom
la salle de classe
Scotch tape
le scotch
To do nothing, to be lazy
se battre les flancs
To manage
se debrouiller
To get scolded
se faire enguirlander
To take a written examination
se presenter a l’ecrit
To take an oral examination
se presenter a l’oral
To take an examination
se presenter a un examen
To do nothing
se tourner les pouces
To skip a class
secher un cours
Mouse
La souris
Fountain pen
le stylo
Ballpoint pen
stylo a billo
(also BIC)
To take a class
suivre un cours
Highlighter
le surligneur
To type
taper a la machine
Theme
le theme
Thesis
la these
To work very slowly
trainasser
Transparency
le transparent
Work
le travail
To work
travailler
Unending work
le travail de Penelope
To cheat
tricher
Paper clip
le trombone
Vacation
les vacances (fem.)