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03:39 Jun 13, 2001
English to French translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: bicycle

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Didier Fourcot
nabicyclette or velosteviet



3 mins

or vélo.

Bicyclette is the given dictionary translation but vélo is more often used (in mail order catalogues, daily use etc...).

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bicyclette or velo

To ride a bike - Faire de la bicyclette OR faire du velo. In everyday use, 'velo' is used more often!

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Explanation of the usage of the terms in France:

- "bicyclette" is the proper and formal term, used in formal written language or litterary work, specially in the past "La bicyclette bleue" is a famous novel with action around World War II, elderly people probably only use this term: "les ouvriers allaient au travail à bicyclette": this is a tool, an everyday vehicle, you use it because you have to

- "vélo" is the more fashioned term, any sunday biker "fait du vélo": this is a sport or fashion item, you use it because you like, to show off or to be proud of your performance

There is also a famous idiomatic expression in Frnch "la petite reine" that may be useful to avoid the difficult choice!

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Didier Fourcot
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