Fall / L'automne (v)

List of useful French vocabulary related to autumn/fall

Vocab

L'automne The autumn
Une saison Season
Les vendanges The grape harvest
Le raisin Grapes
Un grain de raisin One grape
Un arbre 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 11 months 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.

Sign in to submit your answer

Don't have an account yet? Join today

Let me take a look at that...