8 March


Pomme pêche poire abricot is a popular French nursery rhymes played in kindergarten and preschool.

The story of the song

Pomme pêche poire abricot (Apple, peach, pear, apricot) is a rhyme about fruits. This little tune is a game to help children get to know and differentiate between them.

Fruits. Photo Prostock-studio via Envato Elements

Photo: Prostock-studio via Envato Elements

Poor apricot!

It is fun to ask the children to find as many different logical reasons why the apricot is excluded from the list.

Here are 11 ideas:

  • Abricot is the only word that doesn't start with a P (it is the only word without a P).
  • There is one syllable for pomme, pêche and poire and three for abricot.
  • Apricot is the only fruit in the basket that does not have five letters.
  • The fruit that is in excess is the one that is masculine (un abricot).
  • Apricot is the only fruit that does not end with the vowel "e".
  • In general, apricots are not peeled, unlike the other fruits in the basket.
  • The apricot is held whole in the mouth.
  • Unlike the other fruits in the basket, abricot is the only one that does not end with a letter included in the name of France!
  • Abricot is the only fruit that does not end with a letter that forms a semi-circle in its writing.
  • The apricot was a spy, the others found him out, and threw him out of the basket!
Apricots. Photo artfotodima via Envato Elements

Apricots. Photo: artfotodima via Envato Elements

Pomme pêche poire abricot

Lyrics, music, free download... let's learn more about the popular song:

The lyrics in French

The original song of Pomme pêche poire abricot 1 verse although there are many versions of the song.


Pomme, pêche, poire, abricot
Y'en a une, y'en a une
Pomme, pêche, poire, abricot
Y'en a une qui est en trop.
C'est l'abricot
Qui est en trop.

Translation of the lyrics into English

Here is an approximative translation into English:


Apple, peach, pear, apricot
There's one, there's one
Apple, peach, pear, apricot
There's one that's in excess.
It's the apricot
That's in excess.

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About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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