Common French Phrases and Words for Travel and Everyday

Common French Phrases for Conversation

  1. Bonjour! (Good morning, hello)
  2. Bienvenue. (Welcome.)
  3. Madame/Monsieur/Mademoiselle (Mrs. /Mr. /Miss)
  4. Pardon, excusez-moi. (Pardon, excuse me.)
  5. Parlez-vous anglais? (Do you speak English?)
  6. Je ne parle pas français. (I do not speak French.)
  7. À tout à l’heure! (See you later!)
  8. Merci/Merci beaucoup. (Thank you/Thank you very much.)
  9. Au revoir! (Goodbye!)
  10. De rien. (You’re welcome.)
    Common French Phrases for Getting Information

  1. Pourriez-vous m’aider? (Can you help me?)
  2. Je ne comprends pas. (I do not understand.)
  3. Parlez lentement, s’il vous plaît. (Speak slowly, please.)
  4. Répétez, s’il vous plait. (Repeat, please.)
  5. Où sont des toilettes? (Where are the toilets?)
  6. Où est un bon restaurant/un bon café? (Where is a good restaurant/a good café?)
  7. Où est la plage/le centre-ville? (Where is the beach/city center?)
  8. Je cherche le métro/le gare/l’aéroport. (I am searching for the metro/train station/airport.)
  9. Je cherche l’hôtel/l’hôpital/la banque. (I am searching for the hotel/hospital/bank.)
  10. Pourriez-vous prendre ma photo/notre photo? (Are you able to take my photo/our photo?)
    Useful French Phrases for Directions

  1. Où sommes-nous? (Where are we?)
  2. C’est à gauche. (It’s to the left.)
  3. C’est à droite. (It’s to the right.)
  4. C’est tout droit. (It’s straight ahead.)
  5. Est-ce que c’est loin/proche? (Is it far/close?)
    Useful French Phrases for Transportation

  1. Où est le guichet? (Where is the ticket window?)
  2. Je voudrais regarder l’horaire. (I would like to look at the schedule.)
  3. Je voudrais réserver un billet. (I would like to reserve a ticket.)
  4. Je voudrais acheter un billet aller simple/aller-retour pour Paris. (I would like to purchase a one-way ticket/a round-trip ticket.)
  5. À quelle heure faut-il arriver? (What time should it arrive?)
    Useful French Phrases for Accommodations

  1. Quelles chambres avez-vous de disponible? (What rooms do you have available?)
  2. Est-ce qu’il y a de climatisation? (Is there air conditioning?)
  3. Je voudrais une chambre pour deux. (I would like a double room.)
  4. Je voudrais annuler ma réservation. (I would like to cancel my reservation.)
  5. À quelle heure est-ce qu’il faut régler la note? (At what time should we check out?)
    Common French Phrases for Shopping
  1. Où sont les magasins? (Where are the shops?)
  2. Où est le centre-commercial? (Where is the mall?)
  3. Est-ce que je peux payer avec une carte de crédit? (Can I pay with a credit card?)
  4. À quelle heure est-ce que s’est ouvert? (At what time is it open?)
  5. À quelle heure est-ce que s’est fermé? (At what time is it closed?)
  6. Je cherche un sac/une carte postale/un livre. (I am searching for a bag/a postcard/a book.)
  7. Combien ça coûte? (How much does it cost?)
  8. C’est trop cher! (It’s too expensive!)
  9. C’est bon marché! (It’s a great deal!)
  10. C’est bon/mal/terrible. (It’s good/bad/terrible.)
    Useful French Phrases for Dining

common phrases in French

  1. La carte/le menu, s’il vous plaît. (The menu/fixed-price menu, please.)
  2. Je voudrais un café. (I would like a coffee.)
  3. Je voudrais un verre. (I would like a glass*.) *usually refers to a glass of beer
  4. Je voudrais de l’eau. (I would like some water.)
  5. L’addition, s’il vous plaît. (The bill, please.)
  • #1 Bonjour! – Hello! (the standard greeting in French)
    • (bon jour)
  • #2 Bon soir! – Good evening! (replaces bonjour in the evening)
    • (bon swah)
  • #3 Salut! – Hi! (a more informal greeting)
    • (sa loo)
  • #4 Enchanté(e)! – Nice to meet you! (a standard expression when meeting someone for the first time)
    • (on shon tay)
  • #5 Ça va? – How are you? (the basic way to enquire how someone is)
    • (sa va)
  • #6 Ça roule? – How’s it going? (a much more informal way to ask the same question, to be used with people you are on very informal terms with)
    • (sa rule)
  • #7 Comment vas-tu/comment tu vas? Comment allez-vous? – How are you? (a slightly more elegant version of ça va? in both the formal and informal forms)
    • (komon va too, komon too va, komon tallay voo) – the ‘n’ is nasal and not pronounced strongly
  • #8 Ça va/je vais bien – I’m well (the first version is the same as the question but with different intonation. The second is another way to say it)
    • (sa va/juh vay byan)
  • #9 Et toi? – And you?
    • (ay twah)
  • #10 Ça va le travail/le boulot/le taf? – How’s work? (boulot and taf are much more informal words for ‘work’ that you may hear)
    • (sa va luh tra vai, luh boo low, luh taff – the last syllable of travail rhymes with ‘eye’)
  • #11 Comment va ton père? Ton père va bien? – How’s your father? (two ways to express this)
    • (komon va ton pair, ton pair va byan)
  • #12 Tu fais quoi comme travail/c’est quoi ton travail? – What’s your job?/What work do you do? (can also be used with the vous form)
    • (too fay kwah kom tra vai/say kwah ton tra vai)
  • #13 Merci – Thank you (the standard word for this)
    • (mair see)
  • #14 Merci bien – Thank you (the bien adds some extra politeness or friendliness to the expression)
    • (mair see byan)
  • #15 Merci beaucoup – Thank you very much (when you want to express extra gratitude)
    • (mair see bo coo)
  • #16 De rien – It’s nothing (the standard reply to merci)
    • (duh ryan)
  • #17 Il n’y a pas de quoi – It’s nothing/don’t mention it (another, perhaps stronger, way to respond to merci)
    • (ill nee ah pah duh kwah)
  • #18 Excusez-moi/pardon – Excuse me, sorry (both can be used to apologise or when trying to get past)
    • (eh skyoo zay mwah/pah don)
  • #19 Excusez-moi?/Comment? – Sorry? Excuse me? Pardon? (used when you don’t hear what someone says. Note that the French word pardon shouldn’t be used for this)
    • (eh skyoo zay mwah/komon)
  • #20 Je suis desolé(e) – I’m sorry (a stronger apology than excusez-moi/pardon)
    • (juh swee dehsolay/ pah don)
  • #21 Vas-y, Allez-y – Go on, go ahead (a way to tell somebody to advance, move forward; also to tell someone they can do something: vas-y, sers-toi! “Go ahead, help yourself!”)
    • (va zee, allay zee, sair twah)
  • #22 Pouvez-vous…? – Can you…? (can be combined with a range of other verbs)
    • (poo vay voo)
  • #23 Pouvez-vous parlez plus lentement s’il vous plaît? – Can you speak more slowly please?
    • (poo vay voo parlay ploo lon tuh mon sih voo play)
  • #24 Pouvez-vous le répéter s’il vous plaît? – Can you repeat it please?
    • (poo vay voo luh reh peh tay sih voo play)
  • #25 Pouvez-vous m’aider s’il vous plaît? – Can you help me please!
    • (poo vay voo mayday sih voo play)
  • #26 Je ne comprends pas – I don’t understand
    • (juh nuh compron pah)
  • #27 Je n’ai rien compris! – I didn’t understand anything/I haven’t understood anything
    • (juh nay rien compree)
  • #28 Je ne parle pas (beaucoup de) français – I don’t speak (much) French
    • (juh nuh pahl pah bo coo duh fron say)
  • #29 Je suis perdu – I’m lost
    • (juh swee pair doo)
  • #30 Qu’est-ce que ça veut dire? – What does that mean?
    • (kess kuh sa vuh deer)
  • #31 Parlez-vous français/anglais? – Do you speak French/English?
    • (parlay voo fron say/ong glay)
  • #32 Je ne me sens pas très bien – I don’t feel very well
    • (juh nuh muh son pah tray byan)
  • #33 Je suis malade – I’m ill/sick
    • (juh swee ma lad)
  • #34 J’ai envie de vomir – I’m going to vomit (literally, “I feel like vomiting”)
    • (jay onvee duh vomeer)
  • #35 Attention! Fais/faites attention! – Careful! Be Careful!
    • (ah ton sion, fay/fet ah ton sion)
  • #36 Au secours! – Help!
    • (oh suhcoor)
  • #37 Quoi? – What?
    • (kwah)
  • #38 Quand? – When?
    • (kon)
  • #39 Qui? – Who?
    • (kee)
  • #40 Comment? – How?
    • (komon)
  • #41 Combien? – How many?
    • (kom byan)
  • #42 Où? – Where?
    • (oo)
  • #43 Pourquoi? – Why?
    • (pour kwah)
  • #44 Quel(le)? – Which? (this question word agrees with the noun. The four possible forms are quel, quelle, quels, quelles – but they are all pronounced exactly the same)
    • (kell)
  • #45 Comment tu t’appelles? (tu t’appelles comment?) – What’s your name? (the first one, you are more likely to find in a textbook – the second is more likely in spoken French)
    • (komon too tappel, too tappel komon)
  • #46 Quel âge as-tu? (t’as quel âge?) – How old are you? (the same here – the first version is the “textbook” form, the second is more common in informal spoken French)
    • (kel aj ah too, too ah kel aj)
  • #47 Quelle heure est-il? (il est quelle heure?) – what’s the time (both forms are possible, the second is more common in informal spoken French)
    • (kel er et ill/ill ay kell er)
  • #48 C’est combien? Ça coûte combien? – How much is it? How much does that cost?
    • (say kom byan, sa coot kom byan)
  • #49 Tu viens d’où?/t’es d’où? – Where do you come from?/where are you from?
    • (too vyen doo/tay doo)
  • #50 Tu comprends? – Do you understand? (make the question with intonation)
    • (too kom pron)
  • #51 Tu parles anglais/français? – Do you speak English/French? (spoken, informal version – make the question with intonation)
    • (too pahl ong glai/fron say)
  • #52 Parlez-vous anglais/français?  – Do you speak English/French? (formal, polite version)
    • (parlay voo ong glai/ fron say)
  • #53 Où est la salle de bains?/Où sont les toilettes? – Where is the toilet?
    • (oo ay lah sal duh ban/oo son lay twah let)
  • #54 Je m’appelle… – My name’s… (the standard expression)
    • (juh mappel)
  • #55 Je suis (Roger/Irlandais(e)/professeur) – I’m Roger/Irish/a teacher (can be used to give your name, nationality, job or many others)
    • (juh swee roh jay/ear lon day/ear lon days/proh feh suhr)
  • #56 J’ai 30 ans – I’m 30 (literally, “I have 30 years” – and note that you must not omit ans at the end or the sentence won’t make sense)
    • (jay tront on)
  • #57 Je viens de l’Écosse/je suis de l’Écosse – I come from Scotland/I am from Scotland
    • (juh vyen duh lekoss/juh swee duh lekoss
  • #58 Oui – Yes
    • (wee)
  • #59 Non – no
    • (noh)
  • #60 Peut-être – Maybe
    • (puh tetr)
  • #61 Tout le temps/tous les jours – All the time/every day
    • (too luh ton/too lay jour)
  • #62 Parfois, des fois – sometimes
    • (pah fwah, day fwah)
  • #63 Jamais – Never
    • (ja may)
  • #64 Bien sûr – Of course
    • (byan sure – pronounced with an ‘s’ sound and not a ‘sh’)
  • #65 Amuse-toi bien! Amusez-vous bien! – Have fun!
    • (ah myooz twah byan, ah myoozay voo byan)
  • #66 Bon voyage! – Bon voyage!  – Have a good trip!
    • (bon voyaj)
  • #67 Bonnes vacances! – Have a good holiday!
    • (bonn vah konce)
  • #68 Bon appétit! – Bon appétit! (note that the final ‘t’ is not pronounced in French – and nor should it be in English for that matter!)
    • (bon appuh tee)
  • #69 Félicitations! – Congratulations!
    • (fay liss ee tah sion)
  • #70 Bienvenue! – Welcome!
    • (byan vuh noo)
  • #71 Joyeux anniversaire! – Happy birthday!
    • (jway uh zannee ver sair)
  • #72 Joyeux Noël! – Happy/merry Christmas!
    • (jway uh no ell)
  • #73 Bonne année! – Happy New Year!
    • (bonn annay)
  • #74 Au revoir! – Good bye! (the standard phrase)
    • (oh ruh vwah)
  • #75 Bonne journée! – Good day! (the feminine form of bonjour is used at the end of a conversation)
    • (bonn jour nay)
  • #76 Bonne soirée! – Good evening! (again, the feminine form of bon soir is used)
    • (bonn swah ray)
  • #77 Bonne nuit! – Good night!
    • (bonn nwee)
  • #78 À bientôt! – See you soon!
    • (ah byan toe)
  • #79 À demain! – See you tomorrow!
    • (ah duh man)
  • Bonjour = Hello, Good morning
  • Au revoir = Goodbye
  • Oui = Yes
  • Non = No
  • Merci = Thank you
  • Merci beaucoup = Thank you very much
  • Fille = Girl
  • Garçon = Boy
  • Femme = Woman
  • Homme = Man
  • Amour = Love
  • Français = French
  • S’il vous plaît = Please
  • Bonsoir = Good evening
  • Bonne Nuit = Good night
  • Excusez-moi = Excuse me
  • De Rien = You’re welcome (casual, informal way)
  • Je vous en prie = You’re welcome (formal)
  • Temps = Time
  • Jour = Day
  • Monde = World
  • Monsieur = Mister, gentleman
  • Raison = Reason
  • Mademoiselle = Miss, unmarried woman
  • Madame = Married woman, older woman
  • Beau = Handsome
  • Belle = Beautiful
  • Chat = Cat
  • Chien = Dog
  • Fort = Strong

More French Phrases & Common Things You May Say in French

  • Je suis désolé(e)= I’m sorry
  • Comment vous appelez-vous?= What is your name?
  • Parlez-vous anglais?= Do you speak English?
  • Je m’appelle= My name is
  • Comment allez-vous?= How are you doing?
  • Quelle heure est-il?= What time is it?
  • Pouvez-vous m’aider?= Can you help me?
  • Combien ça coûte?= How much is this?
  • Je t’aime= I love you

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