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Essential French Phrases – Learn French!

French is a complicated language, but that doesn’t mean every lesson has to be difficult from the get-go. So this French lesson is keeping it simple by introducing you to the most essential phrases to know. Even with very limited familiarity with the language, you could survive with these phrases. If you’re going to be traveling in a francophone country soon, and will not have the time to learn the entire French language beforehand, knowing these phrases will help you with communicating with French speakers to help yourself get around.

Essential French Phrases - Learn French

Bonjour (Bon-zhoor)


Au Revoir (Ov-wahr)


Oui/Non (Wee/Noh)


Je m’appelle… (Juh ma-pell)

I am called…

Comment vous appelez-vous? (Cohm-ohn vooz app-lay voo)

What are you called? (Formal)

Comment t’appelles-tu? (Cohm-ohn ta-pell too)

What are you called? (Informal)

Parlez-vous anglais? (Par-lay voo ahn-glay)

Do you speak English?

Comment allez-vous? (Cohm-ont alay voo)

How are you?

Je vais bien/mal (Juh vay bee-yahn/mal)

I am doing well/badly

Pouvez-vous parler plus lentement, s’il vous plaît? (Poo-vay voo parlay ploo lohn-tuh-mohn, sil voo play)

Can you speak more slowly please?

Excusez-moi (Excuzay-muah)

Excuse me

Je ne comprends pas (Juh nuh cohm-prahnd pah)

I do not understand

Pouvez-vous répéter, s’il vous plaît? (Poo-vay voo reh-peh-tay, sil voo play)

Can you repeat please?

Je cherche… (Juh share-sh)

I am looking for…


You should practice pronouncing these and using them by recruiting a friend to be your study buddy and having them quiz you. Record yourself and listen to them as well, the best way to learn the language is to hear and speak it often. Get learnin’!

If you missed the first Learn French post which simply shared some of the beautiful words in this language, you can find it here!


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