You don’t have to be fluent in French to interact with native speakers. A few basic phrases make up most of the questions or ideas that a visitor may need. Master these and you’ll be ready for many of the situations in which you might find yourself – be it shopping, ordering food, or looking for places. Click on the speaker icon to listen to clips of native speakers.
|Est-ce que vous avez … ?||es kuh voo zah vey||Do you have …?|
|Ou est …?||oo ay||Where is …?|
|J’aimerais …||zham ray||I would like …|
|Combien?||cohn bee en||How much?|
|Je ne comprends pas||zhuhn kohn-prahn pah||I don't understand.|
|Je ne sais pas||zhuhn say pah||I don't know.|
|Pardon||Excuse me. Use it to pass by someone or through a group of people.|
|Bonjour||bohn-zhur||Hello, good day|
|Je vais||zhuh veh||I go|
|S’il vous plaît||seel voo play||Please|
|Merci||mehr see||Thank you|
|Je veux acheter …||zhuh vuh ash tay||I want to buy …|
|Je veux aller||zhuh vuh a lay||I want to go|
|Je cherche||zhuh shersh||I am looking for …|
You may also be interested in:
BBC "Learn French" Web site: Free, resource packed with words, lessons and videos of conversations in French.
Audiobase of French words: Free database featuring audio files of French words spoken by native speakers.