Becoming fluent in a foreign language takes years and years of practice. And if you’ve planned a trip abroad, you probably don’t have that kind of time, money or energy. So, if you’re headed over to France, here are some useful phrases you may want to become acquainted with before departure. But what’s the point? Parisians all speak English anyway! However, it’s been said that Parisians are nicer when you at least attempt to speak some French phrases. And after spending some time there, I would absolutely agree! For more French phrases and pronunciations, click here. Bonne chance!
Useful French Phrases for Beginners
Bonjour • Hello
S’il vous plaît • Please
Merci • Thank you
Madame • Ma’am
Monsieur • Sir
Je voudrais • I’d like
Le chèque • The check
Comment ça va? • How are you?
Excusez-moi • Pardon me
Désolé • Sorry
Où sont les toilettes? • Where is the bathroom?
C’est combien? • How much is it?
Répétez • Repeat
Je ne comprends pas • I don’t understand
De l’eau du robinet • Tap water
Avec des glaçons • With ice cubes
Je suis perdu(e) • I’m lost
Je voudrais commander • I’d like to order
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