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Emergency! - French Emergency Vocabulary

Essential French vocabulary for talking about emergencies and disasters

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I hope you'll never be in a situation where you need to use French emergency vocabulary, but if you ever do, you'll be glad you took the time to memorize this list of French vocabulary for both medical and non-medical emergencies.

English French
Emergency! Urgence !
Help! Au secours !
Fire! Au feu !
Thief! Au voleur !
Watch out! Attention !
accident un accident
crash une collision
explosion une explosion
fire un feu
flood une inondation
gunshot un coup de feu
police officer un policier
fireman un pompier
to need ... avoir besoin...
help d'aide
   a doctor d'un médecin
an ambulance d'une ambulance
to have asthma être asthmatique
to need an inhaler avoir besoin d'un inhalateur
to have diabetes être diabétique
to need sugar now avoir besoin de sucre immédiatement
to have a heart attack avoir une crise cardiaque
to have a stroke avoir une attaque
to be drowning se noyer
to be in labor être en travail
to be lost être égaré
to break one's arm, leg  se casser le bras, la jambe (French body parts)


Quiz on French emergency vocabulary

The French verbs you really need to know avoir and être. For other verb conjugations, take a look at my verb conjugator.

For terms related to natural disasters, see French news vocabulary.


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