Going to France? Take Along our Easy French Phrase Guide

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Useful Phrases    [with pronunciation]

Hello -– Bonjour [bohn-joor]
Good morning — Bonjour
Good afternoon — Bonjour
Good evening –- Bonsoir  [bohn-swa]
Good night — Bonne nuit [bun nwee]
How are you? –- Comment ça va? [koh moh sa vah?]
I’m fine. – Ça va bien. [sah vah bee-ehn]
Nice to meet you. —  Enchanté  [ohn shant ay]
What is your name? — Comment vous appelez-vous?  [koh moh vooz appehlay voo?]
My name is… — Je m’appelle… [juh ma pell…]
Goodbye — Au revoir  [oh reh vwa]

Thank you –- Merci  [mehr see]
You’re welcome
— (informal)  De rien [deh ree-ehn]
— (formal)  je vous en pris  [juh vooz ehn pree]
— s’il vous plait [seel voo play]
Excuse me/pardon me
— Pardonnez-moi  [par dohn ay mwa]
I’m sorry
-– Je m’excuse [juh mex kooz]
— Oui/non   [we]/[noh]

What time is it? — Quelle heure est-il?  [kell uhr eh teel?]
Do you speak English? — Parlez-vous anglais? [par lay voo ahn glay?]
I don’t speak French. — Je ne parle pas français.  [juh nuh parl pah frahnsay.]
I speak a little French. — Je parle un peu de français. [juh parl uhn puh duh frahnsay.]
How do you say…in French?— Comment dit-on…en français?  [koh moh deet ohn…ehn frahnsay?]
I understand. — Je comprends. [juh kohm prehn]
I don’t understand. – Je ne comprends pas.  [juh nuh kohm prehn pah].
Can you speak more slowly? —  Plus lentement, s’il vous plaît.  [ploo lehnt mehnt seel voo play.]
How? — Comment  ?  [koh moh?]
When? — Quand?  [kohn]?

Who? — Qui?  [kee?]
I/we — Je/Nous  [juh/noo]
— Il/Elle  [eel/ehl]
— Tu/Vous (“vous” is used for plural and formal address)  [too/voo]
– Monsieur  [mohn see uhr]
— Mademoiselle/Madame  [mah dehm mwa zell]/[mah dahm]

Finding Your Way Around

What time does the…leave? —  À quelle heure part…..?  [ah kell huhr pahr?]
Bus —  Le bus  [leh boos]
Train — Le train  [leh trehn]
Boat — Le bateau  [leh bahtoh]
Airplane — L’avion  [lah vee-ohn]

Where is…?
— Où est?   [ooh ay]
Is it far to …? —  C’est loin à….   [say lwahn ah…]
the airport? — L’aéroport   [lehr-oh-pohr]
the bank? — La banque   [lah bahnk]
the bus stop? — L’arrêt de bus   [larray duh boos]
the grocery store? — Le marché    [leh mahr shay]
the hospital? — L’hôpital   [loh pea tahl]
the library? — La biliothèque    [lah bib lee oh teck]
the post office? — La poste   [lah pohst]
the toilet? — Les toilettes (où sont les toilettes?)   [lay twalet]/[ooh sohn lay twalet?]
the train station? — La gare [lah gahr]

left —   à gauche   [ah gohsh]
right —  à droit   [ah dwaht]
straight — ahead  tout droit   [too dwaht]
north — au nord   [oh nohr]
south —  au sud   [oh sood]
east — à l’est   [ah lest]
west — à l’ouest   [ah loo-est]


One –- un   [uhn]
Two –- deux   [duh]
Three -– trois   [twah]
Four -– quatre   [kat]
Five –- cinq   [sank]
Six –- six   [sees]
Seven –- sept  [set]
Eight –- huit   [weet]
Nine –- neuf   [nuhf]
Ten –- dix   [dees]
Eleven –- onze   [ohnz]
Twelve –- douze   [dooz]
Thirteen –- treize  [trehz]
Fourteen –- quatorze  [katohrz]
Fifteen –- quinze   [kanz]
Sixteen –- seize  [sayz]
Seventeen — dix-sept   [dees-ept]
Eighteen — dix-huit  [dees-weet]
Nineteen — dix-neuf [dees nuhf]
Twenty –- vingt  [vahn]
Twenty –- one– vingt-et-un   [vahn-ay-uhn]
Thirty –- trente   [trohnt]
Forty –- quarante  [kayrahnt]
Fifty –- cinquante   [sankahnt]
Sixty –- soixante   [swazahnt]
Seventy — soixante-onze  [swazahnt-ohnz]
Eighty — quatre-vingts   [katra vahn]
Ninety — quatre-vingts-dix   [katra vahn dees]
One hundred – cent   [sohn]
Two hundred — deux cent   [duh sohn]
Five hundred — cinq cent   [sank sohn]
One thousand — mille   [meel]
Five thousand — cinq mille   [sank meel]


Help! — Au secours!  Aidez-moi! [oh sekoor!] [Ayday-mwa!]
Fire! —  Feu!   [fuh!]
Watch out! —  Attention!  [ah-tohn-see-ohn!]
Please call a doctor/ambulance/fire brigade. —  Appellez un medecin/   pompiers   [ahpellay uhn mehdehsehn]/[pohmpea-ay]
I feel ill. – Je suis malade.   [juh swee mahlahd]
Get away from me. – Laisse-moi tranquille (laisse-moi).   [lehss mwa trahn keel]


I’m ready to order. –-  Je suis prêt(e) à commander.   [juh swee preht ah kohmahnday]
I am vegetarian. –- Je suis vegetarien(ne). [juh swee vehjaytahree-ehn]
I am allergic to…
— Je suis allérgique… [juh swee ahlehrjeek]
Eggs –- aux oeufs   [ohz uhffs]
Nuts –- aux noix [oh nwah]
Wheat — au blé  [oh blay]
Dairy/Milk products –- au lait/aux produits laitiers   [oh lay]/[oh prodwee lay-tee-ay]

bill/check — l’addition [lah dee-shee-ohn]
Can I have the bill?
— L’addition, s’il vous plaît.   [lah dee-shee-ohn, see voo play]
Is service included? —  La service est comprise?  [lah sehrvees ay kompreez?]
It is delicious/not very good. —  C’est délicieux/ce n’est pas très bon.  [say deh- lee- see- uhz/ suh nay pah tray bohn]

Breakfast — le petit déjeuner [luh pehtee dayjuhnay]
Lunch —  le déjeuner [luh dayjuhay]
Dinner — le diner [luh deenay]
Dessert — le dessert [luh dayssehr]
Coffee — le café [luh kahfay]
Beer — la bière [lah bee-a-yer]
Wine — le vin [luh vehn]


How much is it? – C’est combien?  [say kombee-ehn?]
Can I try this on? – Puis-je l’essayer?  [pwee juh less-ay-yay?]
Can you wrap this? Pourriez-vous l’emballer  [poovay voo lumballay?]
Do you take credit cards? Acceptez-vous les cartes bleues?  [Ahk-septay voo lay kart bluh?]

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  1. says

    Wow that is really useful. It is much better when you actually engage with the people in the places you travel to. You know, you can see a lot more of the UK if you travel by coach. In fact you can see the whole of Europe quite cheaply by coach. Have you thought about a European Coach Pass. You can read about them on http://www.europeancoachnetwork.co.uk . With a coach pass you can actually get to meet local people and not just see airports.

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