Learn these basic French words and common phrases with the correct French pronunciation. If you are serious about learning French then start at The French Language page where you will find free language videos for learning the alphabet, numbers, French greatings, apologizing and French listening skills for absolute beginners.
When you are more confident, you can move onto English to French grammar where we have listed useful French videos and information to get you started. You will learn about diacritical marks, French pronunciation, nouns, masculine and feminine and the rules of stress.
Three French words for saying hello
Salut - is the informal way of saying "Hi" or "Hello".
- Bonjour - is the formal way of saying "Hello" or "Good morning".
- Bonsoir - is the formal way of saying "Good evening".
French word list for everyday conversation
Here's a list of common French phrases that will help you 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.
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French word pronunciation list
The following examples show you how to pronounce French letter combinations. The italic examples are the English equivalents.
French Colors (US) / Colours (UK)
The below English French translations show a list of colors and there pronunciation with links to French lessons by Lya and FrenchPod101. You can watch all the French videos here: French Colors | Tutorial Videos.
French words list for saying the time
|What time is it?||Quelle heure est-il?|
|It is a quarter to two||Il est 2 heures moins le quart|
|1am||une heure du matin|
|1:05||une heure du matin|
|2:10||deux heures dix|
|3:15||trois heures et quart|
|4:30||quatre heures et demie|
|5:35||six heures moins vingt-cinq|
|11:25 am||onze heures quarante cinq or midi moins le quart|
|evening||le soir/la soirée|
|an hour ago||il y a une heure|
|a long time ago||il y a longtemps|
|not so long ago||il n'y a pas si longtemps|
|next month||le mois prochain|
|next summer||l'été prochain|
|next year||l'année prochaine|
|this weekend||cette fin de semaine|
|the day before yesterday||avant hier|
|that day||ce jour là|
|at that moment||à ce moment là|
|the day after tomorrow||aprés-demain|
French word list for talking about the weather
|What's the weather like?||Quel temps fait-il?|
|The weather is nice||il fait beau|
|It's warm||il fait chaud|
|It is foggy||il fait du brouillard|
|It is sunny||il fait du soleil|
|It is windy||il fait du vent|
|It's cold||il fait froid|
|The weather is bad||il fait mauvais|
|It rains / It's raining||il pleut|
|It snows / It's snowing||il neige|
|It is cloudy||le temps est nuageux|
Learn French words with native speakers
You will learn French words faster when you listen to native speakers. These videos and lessons have been developed by French speaking teachers in a fun and friendly way. You will find your ability to remember essential words improves with every lesson and your pronunciation will being to flow much more naturally. We have included speaking exercises were ever possible. Listening to conversations in real life situations that you will expect to find whilst travelling around French speaking countries will be your greatest asset.
Common French words
The advantage of learning the most common French words first is that you will have a better chance of understanding parts of the conversations going on around you, helping you to pick up more French word patterns.
To become fluent in French you will need to learn around 5% of all available words which equates to 10,000 words. We can break this down into smaller steps: Learning just 100 of the most common words will enable you to understand half of the words you can expect to read in a book or online in a blog. Learn 1000 words and you will start to understand 75% of what you read.
Now consider, when you learn a word, how many words which sound similar are related?
On average, for every word you learn you will be able to work out 50 other words. Suddenly the world is a smaller place!