Today I am going to try something different. My blog will share some basic French words and phrases that you can use when visiting France, or another French speaking country. I studied French in high school primarily, with a few classes in college. After that period I practiced what I learned with some conversation classes and by visiting France. I have mentioned that my French is not so good these days, but hopefully I will have the opportunity to return to Paris and practice sooner than later!
The next part of the blog is written with consultation of Lucie, a friend and native French speaker. She is my current language partner who I practice French conversion with in preparation for that next big trip! Thanks for your input Lucie.
**please note: French accents aren’t added below**
Here are a few basic words:
Bonjour: Hello, good morning
Bonsoir: good evening
S’il vous plait: please
Merci: thank you
De rien: you’re welcome
Basic phrases for a traveler:
Parlez-vous anglais?: Do you speak English?
Comment vas-tu? or (Comment) ca va?: How are you? (same meaning, different ways to say it)
Je vais bien or Ca va bien: I’m doing okay (same meaning, different ways to say it)
Comment t’appelle-tu? : What is your name?
Je m’appelle…… : My name is …..
Ou sont les toilettes? : Where is the restroom?
Ou se trouve l’hotel? : Where is the hotel?
Je suis perdu : I am lost
Combien ca coute? : How much is it?
Je voudrais de la biere : I would like some beer
Je voudrais du vin: I would like some wine
A few fun things to say:
Mon amour : My love
Je t’aime: I love you
Un petit peu: A little bit
Comme ci, comme ca : so,so (My kids have added this phrase to their regular vocabulary!)
Going over phrases with Lucie I realized that learning a few words are only a beginning for communicating in French, but it is a big step in the right direction. As they say practice makes perfect, and in my case I will keep practicing until I relearn the complicated verb tenses and can commute without translating everything in my head first.