4 Cheap (or Free) Ideas for French Vocab Labels

Picture this: You walk up to your fridge and you immediately think le frigo (fridge). You head to the couch to watch some TV, and find yourself muttering le canapé (couch), le salon (living room) and la télévision (TV).

You can keep the immersive French learning going all over your house with French labels for the home.  I’ve picked out the best options to find high-quality French labels so you can begin actively applying your French to everyday life.


1. LinguaPosta

LinguaPosta offers both labels and posters available as downloads that are delivered to you in PDF form.

They’re a cheap option, costing just $5 per poster, plus a free download of their house words label sheet. That label sheet currently includes vocabulary for the kitchen but is being expanded to cover words for all rooms.

For now, their label sheet contains words like la chaise (chair), le placard (cupboard), le couteau (knife) and l’évier (kitchen sink).

One of the fantastic things about these labels is that they each contain an example sentence in French with the English translation below, an added resource for those looking to practice using new vocabulary in conversations.

The poster options include common verbs, French people and places and French conversations in a bistro.

You can either hang them up where you’ll see them each day or cut the words out and label individual objects.

For those who don’t want to go through the trouble of printing them yourself, there’s an option to have LinguaPosta print them for you, but it’s more expensive at $25.

2. Vocabulary Stickers


Vocabulary Stickers is unique in that they offer a vocabulary label package for both your house and your office. Why stop at house vocabulary when you can learn all sorts of great French business words during the workday?

Their package includes 132 labels of words like le tapis (carpet), la plante (plant), la télécommande (remote control), l’écran (screen), le clavier (keyboard) and le bureau (office).

One of the fantastic advantages of these labels is that they include the English word in small font at the top corner of each label, so you have a reference when you need it.

Between the English definition and the fact that each label contains a small graphic, these are really easy to set up without having to do any research about definitions beforehand.

Like FlashSticks, Vocabulary Stickers also color-coordinates their labels, with red denoting feminine nouns, blue denoting masculine nouns and purple denoting plural words.

Their labels are supposed to be really easy to remove from objects without leaving residue and each package costs €16 (roughly $20), which includes free worldwide shipping.

3. Teachers Pay Teachers


Teachers Pay Teachers is a site run by educators who want to share their ideas and educational resources that they’ve created for their classrooms.

At the link above, you can find their household items label package created by educator Jacqueline Barnett that’s a very affordable option for learners, available for just $2.

The labels include 64 words that cover objects in every room of the house, including vocabulary such as la fenêtre (window), les rideaux (curtains), les escaliers (stairs), l’horlage (clock) and la brosse à dents (toothbrush).

While the labels don’t include English translations, they do contain pictures for easy placement and further visual association.

Labels are delivered to you as a PDF download.

4. DIY!

If none of the above options suit you, you’re really looking to save a buck or you just love being crafty, I recommend simply making your own labels!

Creating your own labels is a fantastic way to personalize your product to cater to your learning needs. For example, if you already know kitchen vocabulary, then skip it and spend time memorizing the words you struggle with.

It’s super easy to make your own labels by creating a label sheet in a PDF, Word or Pages document. You can then either print the words out on sticky labels or on regular paper, cutting them out and taping them around the house.

Besides being a great way to save money, you can change up the words whenever you want! Once you learn the vocabulary from round one, edit your labels document with new words and phrases rather than having to purchase a new package.

Plus, you can customize your labels with English definitions, graphics, pronunciation guides or other features you personally find useful when learning new French vocabulary.

Color code them however you want and really have fun with creating a resource that works specifically for you!

How Are Labels a Language Learning Tool?

While sticking labels around your home may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to achieving French fluency, it’s one of the best ways to ensure you’re practicing and learning 24/7.

Labels are big time-savers as you don’t need to sit down and deliberately study them. Rather, you simply go about your day and business as usual while continually picking up French words in the process.

French labels are super easy to set up and once you’ve got them placed where you want, the rest of your learning experience is essentially effortless.

Seeing French labels around the house will ensure the words stick in your mind from endless repetition, and remembering vocabulary becomes that much easier when you can associate the words with everyday objects.

Plus, seeing a visual of the word, rather than just hearing it, ensures you learn the spelling as well.

As a bonus, they’re really cheap for such an effective study resource.


You’ve got plenty of options when it comes to spreading French around your home, so it’s time to get labeling!

And one more thing...

If you like learning French on your own time and from the comfort of your smart device, then I'd be remiss to not tell you about FluentU.

FluentU has a wide variety of great content, like interviews, documentary excerpts and web series, as you can see here:


FluentU brings native French videos with reach. With interactive captions, you can tap on any word to see an image, definition and useful examples.


For example, if you tap on the word "crois," you'll see this:


Practice and reinforce all the vocabulary you've learned in a given video with learn mode. Swipe left or right to see more examples for the word you’re learning, and play the mini-games found in our dynamic flashcards, like "fill in the blank."


All throughout, FluentU tracks the vocabulary that you’re learning and uses this information to give you a totally personalized experience. It gives you extra practice with difficult words—and reminds you when it’s time to review what you’ve learned.

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