20 Useful French Phrases Even Your Kids Can Learn

Nice has sunshine practically all year round
Nice has sunshine practically all year round
Don’t be that person who didn’t bother to learn a few simple words and phrases before you left on your trip to France.

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 Useful Phrases & Words To Learn Before You Travel To France & Beyond

20 French Phrases and words

(from the video)



1- Hello Bonjour
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

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Annie André

Annie André

About the author

I'm Annie André, a bilingual North American with Thai and French Canadian roots. I've lived in France since 2011. When I'm not eating cheese, drinking wine or hanging out with my husband and children, I write articles on my personal blog annieandre.com for intellectually curious people interested in all things France: Life in France, travel to France, French culture, French language, travel and more.

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