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The French Basics

Updated on February 22, 2019
Shubhda Ahlawat profile image

It's good to learn something new. How about a language? I am fluent in English, Hindi, and French. And I'm always wanting to learn more.

Hello dear hodophile,

Even though English is pretty much the lingua franca in almost every corner of the world and the technology is continually amazing us with its advancement; there is little that can compete with roaming the Parisian streets speaking french.

After reading this article you could do exactly that the next time you find yourself in France. Maybe not a full blown debate in french but the basic french translation- Definitely.

Here is a list of popular English phrase that may come in handy while traveling in France or a French speaking country :

Let's get down to it

Hello ------------ Salut ( sah-loo)


Good morning ------------ Bon jour ( bon-zhoor)


Good Evening ------------ Bon soir ( bon-swar)


Glad to meet you ------------ Enchante (on- shohn-tay)


Do you speak English ------------ Parlez vous anglais? (pay-lay-voo/ zon-glay)


Excuse me/ sorry ------------ Excusez moi ( ex-koo-zay/ mwah)



Are you aware?

The French language is quite formal, so one has to always remember to be polite and address people accordingly. Just be sure to say 'hello' before speaking to someone; and a 'thank you' when you're done.

Please ------------ S'il vous plait ( seel/ voo/ play)


Thank you ------------ Merci (mare-see)


My name is ____ ------------ Je m'appelle ____ ( juh/ muh-pell _____)


No ------------ Non ( nohn)


Yes ------------ Oui (ooi)


You're welcome ------------- De rien ( dah/ ree-ehn)


I'm sorry ------------ Pardon ( pahr-don)




Salut

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      Liz Westwood 

      13 months ago from UK

      You could broaden out your article by adding some information about and photos of France or by adding comparable phrases in other languages like German and Spanish as well.

    • Shubhda Ahlawat profile imageAUTHOR

      Shubhda Ahlawat 

      13 months ago from India

      Thanks Monsieur Johnson. I'm glad you found the article useful.

      And yes, even though the French like it when the foreigners try to speak their language,they are still quite strict about politeness. It is a royale language after all.

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      George Johnson 

      13 months ago from San Antonio, TX

      Thanks for the info. I especially like the phonetic translation of the words. I did not realize that French was such a formal language but it makes sense

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