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 month 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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