As we come upon the last few weeks of summer, many of us may be thinking ahead to future travel plans, taking advantage of the beautiful, slow change of weather into Fall, or perhaps are currently enjoying a nice time in the bigger cities of France, empty of most locals, as the country slowly makes their way back into the groove of everyday life after taking their designated and much anticipated summer holidays, most of whom flock to the beach or mountain lakes. Wherever and whenever your travel plans may take you, let this quick Language map guide you through the most common situations where knowing some French can be very helpful for all parties involved. As is true with most foreign states, an appreciation for effort in language acquisition can be the biggest factor in finding great help from the locals and even to discover many hidden treasures off the beaten tourist track! Treat this guide as a a template, many phrases can be mixed and matched to create a long phrase or even to begin a simple conversation. Most are basic terms that will likely be needed everyday and in most common situations. French can be easily sounded out for the most part, but check out online guides to help with pronunciation and practice:
Link to practice: https://forvo.com/word/bonjour/#fr
À tes souhaits! Bless you
Pardon! Sorry/Pardon me
Qu'est-ce qui se passe? What's going on?
Je suis desolé(e) I'm so sorry (feminine)
Oh là là! Wow!
Avec plaisir! With pleasure!
Plus ou moins More or less
J'en doute I doubt it
S'il vous plait Please
Merci (beaucoup). Thank you (very much)
De rien. You're welcome
Excusez-moi Excuse me
Je ne comprends pas I don't understand
Je n'ai pas compris I didn't understand
Je ne vous ai pas entendu I didn't hear you
Parle plus lentement Speak more slowly
J'ai besoin de... I need...
Je voudrais.... I would like...
Attention! Look out!/ Heads up!
Bonjour/Bonsoir/Bonne nuit Good day/Good evening/Good night
Enchanté(e) Nice to meet you.
A bientôt/a demain See you soon/See you tomorrow
Tournez à gauche Turn left
Tournez à droite Turn right
Continuez Keep going
Tout droit Straight ahead
Au feu At the light
Je me suis perdu (perdue) I'm lost (feminine)
Où se trouve...l'hopital? Where is/Where do I find....the hospital?
C'est loin/C'est près It's far/It's nearby
Un taxi A taxi
Le métro The metro/subway
Merci, je regarde Thanks, I'm just browsing
Est-ce que je peux l'essayer? May I try this on?
Ca me plait/Ca ne me plait pas I like this/I don't like this
Ca coûte combien? How much does this cost?
C'est trop grand/petit/cher It's too big/small/expensive
Je voudrais acheter... I would like to buy...
Comptant/carte de crédit Cash/credit-card
Une table pour 5 personnes, s'il vous plait. A table for 5 people please.
Je prendrai... I'll have...
L'addition, s'il vous plait. Check please
Qu'est-ce que vous reccomendez? What do you recommend?
Bien cuit/a point/saignant Well done/medium/rare
J'ai faim/soif I'm hungry/thirsty
Un peu/petit peu a little/very little
Ca suffit, merci. That's enough, thanks.
C'est délicieux! It's delicious!
La boulangerie The bakery
La boucherie The butcher shop
La laiterie The dairy shop
La charcuterie The deli
L'épicerie/Le marchand The grocery store/The market
Le Marchand de poissons The fish market
You should be ready to take on the city of lights with this language guide!
Pauline, Apparis Bloguette