I am new to French. I have only studied for a few weeks. When I consult the dictionary I can not find the answer.

Théo: Qui est la fille là-bas avec les cheveaux roux?

Jules: C'est Stéphanie. Une nouvelle de 2nde.

Question: What does "Une nouvelle de 2nde." mean?

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In this sentence, de indicates belonging and 2de (which is preferred to 2nde according to the Académie) is the abbreviation of seconde, which is the first class of the lycée, which is the French equivalent of high school. In seconde, students are generally 15 to 16 years old.

So a good translation would be (assuming you're American):

Jules: That's Stéphanie. A new girl in 10th grade.


2nde, or better 2de, is a shortcut for seconde, like the English 2nd. Here it means classe de seconde, the first class of French high school (similar to the US K10 grade).

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