If you have your heart set on visiting Paris, France, then you need to learn a few useful French vocabulary to arm you in case you stumble upon someone who does not speak English while visiting the “City of Lights”.
Why Learn French?
French is a language which is spoken by more than 70 million people in the world – including those who are from the United States, Italy, Switzerland, Canada and Belgium. So bring out that phrasebook and start to learn French now!
A Quick Guide to French Pronunciation
Perhaps the most difficult challenge that you need to face if you want to learn French is the pronunciation part. A lot of people say that the French language is one of the most beautiful languages in the world, but it is also the second most difficult to learn.
Here’s a quick guide on what you need to learn about French pronunciation:
- The French language also has a 26-letter alphabet just like the English alphabet.
- There are combination of consonants which are pronounced differently, just like ‘ch’ which is pronounced like the ‘sh’ in the word shadow. The ‘qu‘ consonant combination is pronounced like the ‘qu‘ in the workd quick.
When you see the letter â, the word is pronounced like ‘ea’ in heart. é is pronounced like the ‘ay‘ in the word day although the accent is a bit sharper. These little intricacies in the pronunciation of the words is what makes the French language a bit more difficult to learn.
Learn French: Useful Phrases
So what are the most common phrases that you need to learn if you want to speak basic French? Take a look at the following useful French vocabulary, and their English translation:
Do you speak English? – Parlez-vous Anglais?
Excuse me – Excusez-moi.
Good evening/Goodnight – Bonsoir.
Hello/ Good day – Bonjour.
How much/How many? – Combien?
How do I get to…? – Comment est-ce que je fais pour aller à…?
Have a nice day! – Bonne journée!
Have a safe journey – Bon voyage.
I only speak very little French. – Je parle un tout petit peu Français.
I don’t know – Je ne sais pas.
I think so –Je crois que oui.
I don’t understand. – Je ne comprends pas.
Is it far? – C’est loin?
How do you say that in English? – Comment dit-on cela en Anglais?
May I? – Puis-je?
No – Non.
Of course – Bien sûr.
Pardon. – Sorry.
Please - S’il vous/te plait.
Please speak slower. – Parlez plus lentement, s’il vous plaît.
See you soon – A bientôt.
Take care – Prends garde.
Thank you very much – Merci beaucoup.
What does that mean? – Qu’est-ce que cela veut dire?
Where? – Où?
Which bus goes to…? – Quel autobus va à…?
With pleasure – Avec plasir.
Yes – Oui.
You’re welcome – Je t’en prie.