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Describing an apple in French – colour, size, and taste

Kids are so curious about everything, and even something as ordinary as an apple can turn into an engaging (and tasty) scientific observation for them. A few weeks ago, we visited a pumpkin patch and farm, where Surya realized that apples grew on trees. Who knew! I thought it was a great time to channel that amazement into an apple observation and discovery activity, where she could learn to describe an apple in French. While I would have loved nothing more than to take her apple-picking, the orchards were simply too far a drive for us. So, we decided to pick up a few apples from our neighbourhood supermarket for our experiment.

What’s an apple in french?

Apple” in French is “une pomme“.

une pomme

Apple tree – un pommier

un pommier

Apple observation

Apples come in a variety of colours and sizes, which make them great subjects of observation.

Colour – couleur

couleur

To describe the colour of an apple, you can say:

The apple is…

La pomme est…

Since the word “pomme” is feminine, you have to make sure to use the adjective in the feminine form too.

red apple in french

Red – rouge (the same for both masculine and feminine)

rouge
yellow apple in french

Yellow – jaune (the same for both masculine and feminine)

jaune
green apple in french

Green – vert (masculine), verte (feminine)

vert, verte
pink apple in french

Pink – rose (the same for both masculine and feminine)

rose

Size – taille, calibre

taille
calibre

To describe the size of an apple in French, you can point to one and say:

This apple is…

Cette pomme est…

Big – gros (masculine), grosse (feminine)

gros, grosse

Small – petit (masculine), petite (feminine)

petit, petite

Using the feminine form of the adjective, your child can practice describing each apple in French as:

This apple is big.

Cette pomme est grosse.

Cette pomme est grosse.

This one is small.

Celle-ci est petite.

Celle-ci est petite.

Appearance – apparence

apparence

To describe the outer part of the apple and practice some of the French colour and size vocabulary, you can encourage your child to pick one up and say:

Here’s a small red apple. Look how shiny and smooth it is!

Voici une grosse pomme rouge. Qu’elle est luisante et lisse !

Voici une grosse pomme rouge. Qu’elle est luisante et lisse !

Shiny – luisant (masculine), luisante (feminine)

luisant, luisante

Smooth – lisse (the same for both masculine and feminine)

lisse

Firm – ferme (the same for both masculine and feminine)

ferme

Apple taste testing

Taste – goût

goût

Sweet – sucré (masculine), sucrée (feminine)

sucré, sucrée – both are pronounced the same way

Tart – acidulé (masculine), acidulée (feminine)

acidulé, acidulée

Other characteristics

Crunchy – croquant (masculine), croquante (feminine)

croquant, croquante

Juicy – juteux (masculine), juteuse (feminine)

juteux, juteuse

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