The 10 Most Beautiful Words I Learned Studying French

Treasures of the French language

Adele Arbi
Curious Compass

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The beauty of a word can be subjective, but French is often lauded for the melodious quality of its language.

French is the second foreign language I learned when I was in middle school, after Italian. While Italian will always remain my first linguistic love, French has conquered my mind with its musicality and elegance.

Each word is a window onto a hidden France, revealing the secrets of a culture bathed in sunshine and moonlight. Some words serve for everyday exchanges, while others hold the key to the heart.

Here are some of my favorite French words that I hold dear in my languages' memory.

1. Douceur

/ doo-seur /

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This word translates simply to “sweetness” but carries a connotation of gentleness, softness, and tenderness. It can refer to physical sweetness, a kind gesture, or a pleasant…

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Adele Arbi
Curious Compass

A curious soul exploring and documenting life. London-based Tech Expat | Muslim | Polyglot | Booklover | Traveler