Translation Exercises

French translation practice
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Exercices de traduction

A classic way to practice your language skills is by translating passages from one language to another. Take a look at this selection of resources and put your translation skills to work, in both directions.

 Note: Translation is an art, not a science.

There is virtually always more than one way to translate any given word or phrase, so don’t worry if your translation doesn’t exactly match the one provided: it probably won’t. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wrong – use common sense to recognize synonyms and different ways to explain the same thing.*

French to English Translation Practice

These free exercises show French passages with the English translation hidden. Try writing or typing your translation in a text document, then reveal the English so you can compare your translation to mine.

Level A1

Level A2

Level B1

Level B2

Level C1

Find more French articles and excerpts to translate in the following indexes, most of which have French text with hidden English translation:

English to French Translation Practice

To practice translating from English to French, try Progress with Lawless French writing challenges. These are set up a little differently: after translating each passage, you’ll be shown the French translation so that you can compare it to yours and give yourself a score.

 Writing challenges require a Progress with Lawless French account. The first exercise in each level is free, the rest require a Premium upgrade.

Level A1

Level A2

Level B1

Level B2

Level C1

If you like these, you’re in luck, because Progress with Lawless French has dozens of writing challenges for all levels.

* Not sure about a particular sentence? Post the original and your translation on the forum to request a second opinion. Please include the link to the source document for context.

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