So, you’re traveling to the French speaking world? Perhaps it’s a lovely romp through Paris, the city of light, you’ve got in mind? Or perhaps you’re headed towards the beautiful Canadian city of Montreal? Perhaps you’re even planning on a wonderful week in the gorgeous, French speaking Caribbean island of Saint-Martin?
Honestly, you’re not going to have any problems getting around as an English speaker in these places, but I say half the fun of traveling somewhere that they speak a different language is getting to put a little bit of that language into practice!
Here are a few useful phrases you can use when traveling through the French speaking world:
Please: S’il vous plaît.
Thank you: Merci.
Thank you very much: Merci beaucoup.
You’re welcome: De rien.
How are you?: Comment allez-vous?
I don’t understand: Je ne comprends pas.
Do you speak English?: Parlez-vous anglais?
I don’t speak French: Je ne parle pas français.
I don’t speak French very well: Je ne parle pas très bien français.
Excuse me: Excusez-moi.
Pardon me: Pardon.
Can you help me, please?: Pouvez-vous m’aider, s’il vous plaît?
Can I get on the internet?: Puis-je me connecter à l’Internet?
Is there a public phone here?: Y a-t-il un téléphone public ici?
Where is the bathroom?: Où sont les toilettes?
How much does that cost?: Combien ça coûte?
Could you repeat that?: Pourriez-vous répéter?
What’s your name?: Comment vous appelez-vous?
Where is the metro (subway)?: Où est le métro?
If you’re really interested in learning more than just a few phrases in French, you can also check out these resources that I’ve used myself in my French studies and have found useful and enjoyable (also, they are free, which is a huge plus):
Podcast: Coffee Break French
Also check out this YouTube Video from JeFrench:
(they also have another good basic phrases video on their site).