French Family

In this section you will find the most complete French family vocabulary that will help you to learn new words used in everyday conversations.


It is a well known fact that European government regulations do not allow their people to work as many hours as, for instance, American citizens are permitted to. While this may result in a lower income, it also represents the opportunity for people to spend more time with their families. This kind of values are of extreme importance in countries like France, where economical aid and social-work services are offered to parents of young children, as well as free education for all nationals, and up to 7 weeks of paid vacations per year, meant to guarantee workers enough “quality time” with their loved ones.


It is to be noted, nevertheless, that the concept of family in France used to be a lot more conservative -and its length extended, as opposed to the current tendency to have only one or two children- before World War II, stemming from Catholic traditions and rural customs. Nowadays the country presents an increasing number of unmarried couples, childless and/or single parent families, as well as a divorce rate that seems to be growing in an opposite direction to that of marriage statistics (which has been decreasing since the 1960s).

 

Lastly, even though homosexual marriage is not legal in France, a form of civil union known as PACS (“Pacte Civil de Solidarité”) was established in 1999 as an alternative for these and other couples (namely heterosexual) wishing to acquire some -but not all- the rights and duties of matrimony.

 

Following is a list of the most popular words related to family and relatives, translated from English to French:

 

 

ENGLISH

FRENCH

Father

(le) Père

Mother

(la) Mère

Parents

(les) Parents

Son

(le) Fils

Daughter

(la) Fille

Children

(les) Enfants

Brother

(le) Frère

Sister

(la) Sœur

Husband

(le) Mari

Wife

(la) Femme

Father-in-law / Stepfather

(le) Beau-père

Mother-in-law / Stepmother

(la) Belle-mère

Stepdaughter

(la) Belle-fille

Stepson

(le) Beau-fils

Stepbrother

(le) Demi-frère

Stepsister

(la) Demi-sœur

Daughter-in-law

(la) Bru

Son-in-law

(le) Gendre

Sister-in-law

(la) Belle-sœur

Brother-in-law

(le) Beau-frère

Nephew

(le) Neveu

Niece

(la) Nièce

Uncle

(l’) Oncle

Aunt

(la) Tante

Cousin (male)

(le) Cousin

Cousin (female)

(la) Cousine

Grandfather

(le) Grand-père

Grandmother

(la) Grand-mère

Grandson

(le) Petit-fils

Granddaughter

(la) Petit-fille


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