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French Phrases for Traveling

Updated on September 11, 2015
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French Phrases for Traveling

This hub's goal is to arm you with the necessary vocabulary to survive when you visit France! If you already know French, then skip to 2.,if you're new, start with the basics!

The hub is split as follows:

  1. The Basics
  2. French Phrases for the Airport
  3. French Phrases for the Emergencies
  4. Out and About (Directions)
  5. French Phrases for the Restaurant

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Pronunciation
Unlike my articles for traveling to Japan and Russia, this hub includes the french words as they are spelt and not as they are pronounced.

This is because the pronunciation of French and English is much more similar than English and Japanese or Russian.

However, it is important to keep in mind that there are certain spelling rules that the French use and do not use compared to the english language.

The S on words are almost never pronounced e.g. in "parles" (as in elle parles - she speaks) the S is not pronounced at all. For newcomers, accept that 99% of the time the S on the end of words will not be pronounced.

Another key difference is the prononciation of R's (See the video below for an explanation).

1. Basic French Phrases

Just in case you didn't know the basics already, here they are!

Yes - oui
No - non
Hello - bonjour
Good bye - au revoir

Good morning - bon matin
Good evening - bon soir
Good night - bon soir
See you later - adieu/ciao

Please (polite) - s'il vous plaît
Please (informal) - s'il tu plaît
Thank you - merci
Thank you very much - merci beaucoup
No thank you - non s'il vous plaît (no please)

Pleased to meet you - enchanté
How do you do? - ça va?
I'm fine thanks - oui ça va

Pardon? - excusez-moi?
I understand - je comprends
I do not understand - je ne comprends pas

How to Pronounce French R's! With a pencil?!

2. French Phrases For The Airport

Excuse me - excusez-moi
Sorry - pardon/ je suis desolée
Could you speak more slowly? - parlez plus lentement s'il vous plaît
Could you repeat that please? - pourriez vous répéter s'il vous plaît?
One more time please - encore une fois s'il vous plaît

I would like to rent a car - je voudrais louer un voiture
I've run out of gasoline - Je n'ai plus d'essence
Could you check the tire pressure please? - Pourriez-vous verifier la pression des pneus?
Can you check the tire? - Pourriez-vous changer le pneu
How much is it? - C'est combien?
Where can I park? - Où est-ce qu'on peut stationner?
Can we park here? - Est-ce qu'on peut stationner ici?
How long can we park here? - Combien de temps est-ce qu'on peut stationner ici?
How much is it per hour? - Combien ça coût de l'heure
Where are the taxis? - ou se trouvent les taxis?
How much is to x? - combien ça coute pour aller à X
How much is it to go to Montmartre? - combien ça coute pour aller à Monmartre?

I am lost - je me suis perdu
May I use the phone? - est-ce que je peux utiliser votre portable
I would like to go to Orly Airport - je voudrais aller à l'aeroport d'Orly
Where are the toilets? - où sont les toilettes?/ Ou se trouvent les toilettes?
Airport - l'aeroport
Aeroplane - Avion

3. French Phrases For Emergencies

Help! - Attention!
Stop! - Arrete!
I need a doctor! - J'ai besoin d'un docteur!
Call a doctor! - Va chercher le docteur!

I've lost my x - J'ai perdu mon/ma X
I've lost my passport/camera/wallet - J'ai perdu mon passport/camera/portefeuille
It's an emergency! - C'est une urgence!
Fire! Help! - Feu! Au secours!
I've been mugged - J'ai été victime d'une agression

Where is the nearest X around here? - Où est le X par içi?
Where is the nearest hospital/police station? - Où est l'hôpital par ici?
Call an ambulance - Appelez l'ambulance!
Could you help me please? - Pouvez-vous m'aider s'il vous plaît

I'm really sorry - Je suis tellement desolée
Can I use your phone? - Puis-je utiliser votre portable?

My X is missing! - Mon/Ma X est perdu
My child/wife/husband is missing! - Mon enfant/ ma femme/ mon marie est perdu

Can I have a lawyer who can speak english? - Est-ce que je peux avoir un avocat anglophone?

I didn't do it! - Je ne l'ai fait pas!

4. Out and About (Directions)

Excuse me, how do I get to x? - Excusez-moi, pour aller à X?
Where is x, please? - Où c'est X, s'il vous plaît?
Where is the train station? - Où est la gare?
How far is it (is it far)? - est-ce que c'est loins?
Can you show me where it is on the map? - Pourriez vous me montrer sur le carte?

How do I get there? - Comment puis-je y aller?
Turn left - Tourner à goût
Turn right - Tourner à droit
Go straight - Aller tout droit
It's on the corner - C'est a côté de

Here - Ici
There -

Bus stop - l'arrêt d'autobus
Train station - La gare
Bank - La banque
Police station - Poste de police
Cinema - Cinéma
School - L'école
House - Maison

5. French Phrases For Restaurants

Restaurant - Restaurant
I'd like a table for two please - Une table pour deux s'il vous plaît
Could I have a menu please? - Est-ce que je peux avoir un menu s'il vous plaît?
Can I order some food? - Est-ce que je peux commander de la nourriture?
What's good here? - Ce qui est bien ici?
What do you recommend? - Que recommandez-vous?

Fork - Fourchette
Knife - Couteau
Spoon - Cuillère
Could I have a knife and fork please? - Est-ce que je peux avoir un fourchette et un couteau?
Glass - Verre

I don't eat X - Je ne mange pas le/la X
Do you have vegetarian food? - Est-ce vous avons la nourriture végétarienne?
I don't eat meat - Je ne mange pas de la viande
I'm allergic to x - Je suis allergique à/au X
I'm allergic to nuts - Je suis allergique aux noix
Excuse me, could I have some butter/sugar/water please? - Excusez-moi, est-ce que je peux avoir un peu plus de beurre/sucre/d'eau (not de l'eau) s'il vous plaît.

It's very delicious - C'est absolument délicieux!
Bill please! - L'addition s'il vous plaît!

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