You don’t need to be fluent. You just need to know enough French phrases to get by.
Don’t underestimate how useful knowing just a few French phrases can be when you travel to France.
When I was at university, I worked as a waitress, cocktail server and banquet server at a busy hotel that catered to many business people from all over the world.
Most of the time, these business people spoke English, but sometimes these international business travellers brought their spouses who didn’t speak any English.
It’s complicated to take someone’s order when you don’t speak their language, and they don’t speak yours, which is why it’s important to know at least a few phrases you think you’ll use and learn how to count.
I live in France now, in a city that receives tourists from around the world. Most visitors to France know a few phrases, but every once in awhile, I’ll see tourists plop themselves down at a table next to mine and go straight into English. Many of these travellers aren’t even Anglophones. They just assume that the waiter or server speaks English then get irritated when the server doesn’t understand them.
Don’t be that person.
Watch And Learn as my daughter teaches you 20 Useful French Words and Phrases. This is an old video we did for fun when she had just turned four years old.
20 French Phrases and words
(from the video)
|2- Please||s’il vous plaît|
|3- Thank You||Merci|
|4- You’re Welcome||De rien|
|5- Excuse Me||excusez-moi|
|6- Where is the toilet?||Où sont les toilettes?|
|7- Do you take credit cards?||Acceptez-Vous Les cartes de crédit (ou cartes bancaires)|
|8- How much does this cost?||ça coûte Combien ?|
|9- Where is …||Où est …?|
|10-Where can I find a train/metro/bus/taxi||où puis-je trouver un train / métro / bus / taxi|
|11- I need a doctor.||J’ai besoin d’un médecin/ doctueur|
|12- Where can I get something to eat?||Où puis-je trouver quelque chose à manger?|
|13- Do you speak English?||Parlez-vous anglais?|
|14- I don’t understand||Je ne comprends pas|
|15- I am lost. Can you help me?||Je suis perdu. Pouvez-vous m’aider?|
|16- I would like to go to the airport.||Je voudrais aller à l’aéroport|
|17- May I have a beer||Puis-je avoir une bière|
|18- I would like a glass of red wine||Je voudrais un verre de vin rouge|
|19- Learn to Count to 10||un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix|
|20- I Love You Mommy||Je t’aime maman|