Thursday, 18 September 2014

47 French words/phrases you should know

Other than the obvious “bonjour” and “merci”, there are many words or phrases that will help you when travelling to another country – phrases that you may not think to learn before you go. Here is some lingo that could make your life a bit easier whilst holidaying in France or any French-speaking country!



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Necessities (even if you have minimal time, try to learn all of these) –
  • Bonjour – Hello
  • Bonsoir – Good evening
  • Ça va? – How are you?
  • Bien – Good
  • Et toi? – And you?
  • S’il vous plaît – Please
  • Merci – Thanks
  • Excusez-moi? – Excuse me?
  • Où est ___? – Where is ___?
  • Je m’appelle ___ – My name is ___
  • Au revoir – Goodbye
Added basics –
  • Je suis perdu – I’m lost
  • Je suis desolé – I’m sorry
  • Parlez-vous anglais? Do you speak English?
  • Je parle un peu français – I speak a little French
  • Je ne comprends pas – I don’t understand
Restaurants –
  • Le petit-déjeuner – Breakfast
  • Le déjeuner – Lunch
  • Le dîner – Dinner
  • L’entrée – Starter
  • Le plat principal – Main course
  • Je voudrais.. – I would like..
  • Le poulet – Chicken
  • Les frites – Chips
  • La salade – Salad
  • Les pâtes – Pasta
  • L’agneau – Lamb
  • L’hamburger – Burger
  • Le bifteck – Steak
Hotels –
  • J’ai un problème – I have a problem
  • Il y a ___ – There is ____
  • Ma chambre – My room
  • L’hôtel – The hotel
  • La piscine – The swimming pool
  • La réception – The reception
Emergencies
  • 15 – Medical emergency phone number
  • 17 – Police emergency phone number
  • 18 – Fire services phone number
  • 112 – General emergency services (including coastguards)
  • C’est un cas d’urgence – It’s an emergency
  • Au secours! – Help!
  • Un feu – A fire
  • Il me faut une ambulance – I need an ambulance
  • Perdre connaisance – Unconscious
  • Le SAMU – Medical services
  • La police – Police
  • Les sapeurs-pompiers – Fire service
A lot of French people speak basic English, so they love when tourists make the effort to say phrases in their language, even if you mess up the pronunciation! Remember to customise the above for your own situation. For example, if you’re visiting France for a sporting event, learn a few words and phrases related to that sport. Bon voyage!






originally posted at mystudentstyle.co.uk






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