Basic French words and phrases

From please and thank you to good morning and good night you'll have what you need to be polite and win a smile for trying.

French Words

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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Letter Combinations

How to pronounce letter combinations

The following examples show you how to pronounce French letter combinations. The italic examples are the English equivalents.


Measurement Translations

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Colors & Colours

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.

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French Time

Time to talk

At some point you will need to know the time or will be asked for the time. These words & phrases will teach you the basics and the lessons below will have you conversing in no time!

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  • What Time Is It? - part 1
    What Time Is It? - part 1

    10 minutes 31 seconds tutorial

    Words & phrases for telling the time

    Join Alexa in "What Time Is It? - part 1". Alexa will teach you the basics about how to tell time in French.

  • What Time Is It? - part 2
    What Time Is It? - part 2

    14 minutes 5 second tutorial

    Time Pronunciation

    Once you have learnt the basics you can move on a more difficult lesson "What Time Is It? - part 2". Alexa will now show you how to build a sentence for telling the time.

  • Choosing a Delivery Time in France
    Choosing a Delivery Time in France

    2 minutes 14 second listening exercise

    French Listening Exercise

    Now that you have learnt some vocabulary, how about testing yourself with this listening exercise.

French Weather

Words you may use when talking about the weather

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Free French Lessons

Here are 30 French language lessons that teach you basic french words & phrases.