Traveling to France soon? Learn some essential phrases to help with everyday interactions!
Most French people speak English. But just like travelers coming to America assuming we will speak their language, the French appreciate those who attempt to speak the language of the country they’re visiting. These phrases will give you a head start–and maybe help make you some new friends!
Bliss Travels clients are always excited to talk to locals during our trips, and these are the first phrases we teach. Test them out and get comfortable!
1. “Bonjour, Monsieur/Madame!”
As simple as this seems, a friendly greeting in French will almost always elicit a smile!
Tip: Especially in Paris, addressing someone immediately as Monsieur or Madame is a “politesse” that simply must be used.
2. “Je voudrais ca.”
Pronounced “zje voo-DRAY sah,” this means “I would like that.” Especially in markets and bakeries, where you must point and ask for something instead of getting it yourself, this phrase is important!
3. “S’il vous plait.”
The previous phrase should always be followed by this one–“please!” Manners are very important in France! Pronounced “see voo play,” this is one that sounds familiar to most people.
4. “Ou est…”
“Oo eh” means “where is…” This can be followed by monuments, addresses, or the all-important bathroom! That phrase is “Ou est la toilette?”
5. “Pardon!” or “Pardonnez-moi!”
“Par-DON-ay mwah” means “excuse me.” For times on busy metros or crowded market streets, this one is important!
6. “Merci, Monsieur/Madame! Au revoir!”
End every interaction, no matter how short, with this. (Again, the Monsieur/Madame should be there!) “AH ruh-VWAH” literally means “until we see each other again.”
A Blissful trip awaits you with these phrases under your belt! Need a chance to try them out? Come with Bliss Travels on a trip to France! Our upcoming tours include our October trip to Provence–with an emphasis on photography!–and our winter holiday trips to Paris. Check out our trip itineraries to find the best trip for you!