Use this page to quickly learn some basic French words and common French phrases. 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

  1. Salut - is the informal way of saying "Hi" or "Hello".
  2. Bonjour - is the formal way of saying "Hello" or "Good morning".
  3. 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.

English
French
Yes
Oui
wee
No
Non
nong
Yes, please
Oui, s'il vous plaît
wee, seel voo play
No, thank you
Non, merci
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
Voici...
vwah-see
Here are
Voici...
vwah-see
There is
Voilà...
vwah-la
There 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? / How are you feeling?
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
Ça va.
sah vah
Agreed
d'accord.
dah-korr
That's fine.
C'est bien.
say byang
I love you (singular)
Je t'aime
zhuh tem
I love you! (plural)
Je vous aime
zhuh voo zem



Pronouncing French words

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

French Letter
English Sound
a ah
ai eh
au oh
eau oh
e ee
eu uh
ei eh
i ee
in eh
ien yeh
o oh
ou oo
on aw
om aw
oi wah
u uu
un eh


French measurements

English Word
French Word
Centimeter
le centimètre
(0.39 in.)
Meter
le mètre
(3.28 feet)
Kilometer
le kilomètre
(0.621 mile)
Liter
le litre
(1.75 pints)
Gram
le gramme
(0.0352 oz.)
Kilogram
le kilo(gramme)
(2.20 lbs)


French Colors (US) / Colours (UK)

The below English French translations show 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.

English Word
French Word
Beige beige
Black noir/e
Blue bleu/e
Brown marron
Green vert/e
Grey gris
Orange orange
Pink rose
Purple violet/te
Red rouge
Yellow jaune
White blanc/-che
Dark foncé
Light clair/e


Weekly French words with Lya - colors

2 minute lesson
Here's a 2 minute video by Lya (weekly French words with Lya - colors), how to say colors in French.
Play

Learn French - French Color Vocabulary

2 minutes 43 second tutorial
FrenchPod101 have also created this great French colors vocabulary video which shows you how to say 17 colors with pictures.
Play

French words for saying the time

English Phrase
French Phrase
Time l'heure
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
noon midi
midnight minuit
today aujourd'hui
morning le matin
afternoon l'après midi(m)
evening le soir/la soirée
night la nuit
tonight ce soir
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
soon bientôt
yesterday hier
the day before yesterday avant hier
that day ce jour là
at that moment à ce moment là
tomorrow demain
the day after tomorrow aprés-demain

What Time Is It? - part 1

10 minutes 31 seconds tutorial
Join Alexa in "What Time Is It? - part 1". Alexa will teach you the basics about how to tell time in French.
Play Part 1

What Time Is It? - part 2

14 minutes 5 second tutorial
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.
Play Part 2

Choosing a Delivery Time in France

2 minutes 14 second listening exercise
Now that you have learnt some vocabulary, how about testing yourself with this listening exercise.
Play

French words for weather

English Phrase
French Phrase
Weather Météo
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

The French Weather

11 minutes 53 seconds tutorial
In this 12 minute lesson Alexa teaches you the French words for weather and the seasons.
Play

Weekly French Words with Lya - Weather

1 minute 48 seconds tutorial
Lya sums up the Weather with her weekly French words.
Play

Listening to a French Weather Forecast

3 minutes 2 second listening exercise
If you are feeling up for a challenge, try FrenchPod101's Listening to a French Weather Forecast listening comprehension video.
Play

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 concider, 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!

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