Friday, February 19, 2010

French: Tourism & Vacation Vocabulary (Inter.-Adv.)



Hi everyone, Aurore here. Here is a list of useful vocabulary related to tourism and vacation abroad. It is designed for all levels. I asked my students to choose a French-speaking country, and organize a trip from scratch: book your flights, choose a hotel... Then they had to talk in front of the class and explain what they would visit, where they would stop... They really appreciated it because it is very practical. It made them want to travel in fact!!! Mission completed!

Le voyage, les transports et les vacances.


* Le transport routier : road transport

La voiture : car

Le car/le bus : bus

La caravane : caravan

La remorque : trailer

Le conducteur/le chauffeur : driver

Le passager : passenger

Klaxonner : to hoot

La station service : gas station

La panne : breakdown

L’embouteillage : traffic jam

La contravention : ticket



* Le transport ferroviaire : rail transport

La gare : railway station

Le train : train

Le TGV (train à grande vitesse) : high speed train

Le train de banlieue : commuter train

La voiture-restaurant : dining car

La voiture-lit : sleeping car

Le bagage : baggage/luggage

La carte d’abonnement : travel card

Les horaires : rail schedule

Le chariot : baggage cart

La consigne : baggage room

Le bureau des objets trouvés : lost property office

La correspondance : connection

La voie : line

Le billet de train : train ticket

A l’heure/en avance/en retard : on time/early/late

Composter son billet : to check one’s ticket

S’arrêter à telle gare: to call at such station



* Le transport maritime : sea transport

Le bateau : boat

La péniche : barge

Le pont : deck

Le gilet de sauvetage : life jacket

Le voilier : sailing boat

Le port : port/harbour

La mer : sea

Avoir le mal de mer : to be sea-sick

* Le transport aérien : air transport

L’avion : plane

L’aéroport : airport

La compagnie aérienne : airline

La réception des bagages : baggage reclaim

Le tapis roulant (à bagages) : carousel

La carte d’embarquement : boarding card/pass

La salle d’embarquement : departure lounge

La porte d’embarquement : gate

L’hôtesse de l’air (f): air hostess

Le trafic aérien : air traffic

L’équipage (m): crew

Le bagage à main : hand luggage

Le vol : flight

L’atterrissage (m): landing

L’escale (m): stopover

Le décollage : take off

Les turbulences : turbulence

S’écraser : to crash

Voler/atterrir/décoller : fly/land/take off



* Les vacances: vacations

Le pays: country

La campagne : countryside

La station thermale : health resort

La colonie de vacances : summer camp

La station balnéaire : seaside resort

La station de ski : ski resort

Le bain de mer : bathing

La plage : beach

La montagne : mountains

Le guide : guide

La carte : map

Le voyage organisé : all-in tour

La location : rental

Réserver : book

Annuler : cancel

Vérifier : check

Faire ses bagages/valises : to pack up

Visiter : visit

La location/réservation : booking

Le tarif/le prix du billet : fare

Le renseignement : information

L’itinéraire : itinerary



* Les hôtels : hotels.

La pension de famille/la maison d’hôtes : boarding house

La femme de chambre : chambermaid

Le portier : doorman

Le réceptionniste : receptionnist

Le grand lit : double bed

Chambre pour une personne : single room

Chambre pour deux personnes : double room

Chambre et pension complète : full-board

Chambre avec demi-pension : half-board

L’auberge (f) : inn

L’ascenseur (f) : elevator

Le motel : motel

L’auberge de jeunesse (f) : youth hostel

Le service des chambres : room service

Les chambres libres : vacancies

Climatisé : air-conditioned

Plein/complet : full/booked up

Libre : vacant

Remplir une fiche à l’arrivée : check in/register

Régler la note/partir : check out

Se renseigner sur qqch : to enquire about

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