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Basic French words & phrases

Here are 37 common French words & phrase which will help you to understand and communicate whilst travelling in France. Your trip will be much more enjoyable if you have a basic French vocabulary and the locals will appreciate your efforts.

English
French
Pronunciation
Yes/No
Oui/Non
wee/nong
Yes, please/No, thank you
Oui, s'il vous plaît/Non, merci
wee, seel voo play/nong, mair-see
Please
S'il vous plaît
seel voo play
Thank you
Merci (madame/monsieur)
mair-see (mah-dahm/mer-syer)
You're welcome
Il n'y a pas de quoi
eel nyah pah der kwah
Here is/are
Voici...
vwah-see
There is/are
Voilà...
vwah-la
Hello/Good morning/afternoon
Bonjour, (madame/monsieur)
bong-zhoor, (mah-dahm/mer-syer)
Hello/Good evening
Bonsoir (madame/monsieur)
bong-swahr, (mah-dahm/mer-syer)
Goodbye
Au revoir
oh rer-vwahr
Good night
Bonne nuit
bonn nwee
How are you?
Comment allez-vous?
kommahng tahlay voo
Very well, thanks
Très bien, merci
tray byang mair-see
Excuse me
Excusez-moi
ex-kewzay mwah
Do you speak English?
Est-ce que vous parlez anglais?
essker voo pahrlay ahng-glay
Can you help me?
Est-ce que vous pouvez m'aider?
essker voo poovay may-day
I don't understand.
Je ne comprends pas.
zher ner kong-prahng pah
I don't know.
Je ne sais pas.
zher ner say pah
Could you please write it down
Est-ce que vous pouvez l'écrire?
essker voo poovay lay-kreer
Sorry
Désolé(e)
day-zo-lay
Leave me alone!
Laissez-moi tranquille.
lay-say mwah trahng-keel
Where?
Où?
oo
When?
Quand?
kahng
How?
Comment?
kommahng
Why?
Pourquoi?
poor-kwah
Who?
Qui?
kee
Which?
Lequel?/Laquelle?
ler-kell/lah-kell
Where is...?
Où est...?
oo ay
How much?
Combien?
kong-byang
How many?
Combien?
kong-byang
What's that?
Qu'est-ce que c'est?
kessker say
I'd like...
Je voudrais...
zher voodray
I want...
Je veux...
zher ver
I like it.
Ça me plaît.
sahm play
I don't like it.
Ça ne me plaît pas.
sah ner mer play pah
OK/Agreed.
Ça va/d'accord.
sah vah/dah-korr
That's fine.
C'est bien.
say byang

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