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Favorite French words & phrases: popote

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la popote (poh-poht) [slang!]

    : cooking; officer's mess, canteen

Note: la cuisine and cuisiner are trustier word choices, should you want to talk about "cooking" with the French! However, if you are looking for a funny synonym, you might give today's word a go!


faire popote = to take one's meal with others
faire la popote
= to cook, to do the cooking
popote (adjective) = stay-at-home, home-loving

=> "popote" is also a child's word for "soup" 

Example Sentence
Aimez-vous faire la popote? C'est qui qui fait la popote chez vous? Do you like to cook? Who does the cooking at your house?

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