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French vocabulary: The Senses

By April 12, 2012

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Learn French words and verbs related to the five senses, as well as some French vocabulary related to the sixth sense.
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April 16, 2012 at 8:28 am
(1) Jim in Phila says:

Under one of the senses, “smell / l’odorat,” does French make a distinction between a pleasant and an unpleasant smell (stink), other than saying “ça sent bon / mauvais”?

April 16, 2012 at 9:18 am
(2) LKL - French Guide says:

Sure. Une odeur is neutral, but can be modified with adjectives like bonne and mauvaise. Un arôme is a nice smell, while une puanteur is a stink. There’s also a verb: puer = to stink.

April 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm
(3) Jim in Phila says:

Thanks. Your explanation is very helpful.

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