Paris Apartment: Glossary of French-English terms
To help English speaking renters and owners to wend their way through contracts, leases and advertisements as the hunt for the Paris apartment moves along FUSAC has compiled a glossary of terms for Housing.
accusé de réception: receipt that is signed by the recipient of a letter and sent back to the send as proof of reception
acompte: advance payment, down payment
agence immobilière: estate agency [UK], real estate agency [US]
ancien: built more than 20 years ago
appareils électriques: appliances
appartement vide: unfurnished flat [UK], unfurnished apartment [US]
armoire: storage cabinet
assurance habitation: homeowner's or renter's insurance. Note: it is obligatory for renters to have an insurance policy.
bail, contrat de location (plural = baux): (rental) lease / contract
bien immobilier: property
box: enclosed parking space with a locked door
cage d'escalier: stairwell
canapé: sofa, settee
Newcomers, stay with us here: you might need this some day. Old-timers, has something like the following happened to you?
You’ve moved to France and after several weeks, your nice bakery-lady realizes that you’re not a tourist but a bona fide resident of the quartier. She’s always found you genial, so one day she tries her luck, saying in French, “I want to put a sign in the window about all our offerings, to attract English-speaking clients. I would be thrilled to translate it myself, as I know a bit of English, but I’m not familiar with specific words related to gastronomy. Could I ask you to do me a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiig favor and translate it? It’s not long-only three paragraphs. That said, please feel free to say no.”
Several months go by and you find a job. You get along well with everyone, from the floor sweeper all the way up to the CEO. On your way out to lunch one day, the receptionist corrals you and says in French, “My son is looking for an internship in the UK…
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