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Essential French Expressions

Essential French Expressions

If you’re off on holiday to France this summer, or are just taking a short weekend break, you will want to have these useful expressions in your pocket.

HelloBonjour (bohn-zhoor)
GoodbyeAu revoir (oh-reh-vwar)
PleaseS’il vous plaît (see voo play)
Thank youMerci (mehr-see)

YesOui (we)
NoNon (nohn)
Excuse me/sorryExcusez-moi/désolé(e) (ehk-kew-zay mwah)
My name is…
Je m’appelle (zhuh mah-pehl)
What is your name?Comment vous vous appelez? (kohn-mahn voo voo zah-play)
Nice to meet you
Enchanté(e) (ohn-shahn-tay)
Where do you come from?
Vous venez d’où?



I come from Great BritainJe viens de Grande Bretagne
How are you?Ça va? (sah vah)
Where is…?
Où est…? (oo es…)

I would like (2 bottles of water)Je voudrais (deux bouteilles d’eau)
How much is that?
C’est combien? (say comb-bee-en)
How do I get to…?Comment aller à…? (co mo alay ah)
I don’t understand
Je ne comprends pas (zhuh nuh kohn-prahn pah)
I’m sorry, I don’t speak FrenchJe suis désolé(e), je ne parle pas français…
Do you speak English?Parlez-vous anglais? (pahr-lay voo ahn-leh)

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