key phrases in french

Fifteen phrases anyone coming to Paris should know

September 2, 2014 8:55 am

The best tourist comes to a foreign city with some knowledge of the language. It’s common sense, as well as common decency. Although it’s easy to hope you can get by with some gestures and confidence, it’s always better to arrive prepared.

Even if it’s just a few sentences or phrases, you should probably brush up on your French before you come to Paris – it’s courteous and will help avoid any sticky situations! Plus, if you show good will you’re more likely to have a better experience because of it.

Here are our key fifteen phrases you should learn before you come, or even write them on a piece of paper and keep it in your pocket. They should help you order at a bar, greet someone in the street and even help with a bit of shopping, too!

1)    Bonjour / BonsoirHello / Good evening

2)    Oui / Non – Yes / No

3)    S’il vous plaît –  Please

4)    Je m’appelle …My name is…

5)    Parlez-vous anglais ?Do you speak English?

6)    Je parle un peu françaisI speak a little French

7)    Je ne comprends pasI don’t understand

8)   Parlez lentement, s’il vous plait – Please speak slowly

9)   Comment dit-on ____ en français? – How do you say ____ in French?

10)  Où sont les toilettes?Where is the toilet? 

11)   Prendriez-vous notre ma photo, s’il vous plaît?Would you take my picture, please?

12)  Est-ce que vous acceptez les cartes étrangères ?Do you take foreign [credit] cards?

13)   C’est combien ?How much is this?

14)   Où est Notre Dame / la Louvre / Tour Eiffel ? – Where is Notre Dame / the Louvre / Eiffel Tower?

15)   Un verre de vin s’il vous plaitPlease may I have a glass of wine?

If you combine your fluent (well, nearly!) French with a Paris Pass you’re guaranteed to have a holiday of a lifetime. Explore Paris with ease and make some great savings.

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