50 Common French Phrases Every French Learner Should Know
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50 Common French Phrases Every French Learner Should Know

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Sometimes, it is great to memorize some phrases that might come handy when talking with a French native-speaker.

So, here I will share 50 common phrases in French, which I am sure you will find useful. If you want to learn even more, you can also check out 2 of my e-books: the French Phrasebook (useful for travelers) and French Slang (great for people who want to speak French more naturally).

I also offer an extended version of this blog post, (90 Common French Phrases)  saved as a PDF that you can print for daily use. Click the button below to get your copy.

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attendez-nous làwait for us there
avez-vous faim?are you hungry (formal)?
c'est pour vousit is for you (formal)
c'est quoi?what is it?
c'est tout?is that all?
c'est très gentilit is very nice
c’est combien?how much is it?
c’est grave?is it serious?
ça n'est pas graveno problem
ce n’est pas comme çaIt is not like that
combien cela coûte?how much is this?
comment as-tu passé... ?how have you spent...? (informal)
comment t'appelles-tu?what's your name (informal)?
comment vas-tu?how are you (informal)?
depuis quand?since when?
il est prêthe is ready
il veut y allerhe wants to go there
j'ai déjà dit queI have already said that
j’attends mes amisI am waiting for my friends
je ne comprends pasI don't understand
je ne sais pasI don't know
je serai àI will be at
je suis arrivéI have arrived (m)
je suis désoléI am sorry (m)
je suis perduI'm lost (m)
je suis près deI am close to
je te tiens au courantI'll let you know (informal)
je vais être en retardI'll be late
ne t'inquiète pas!don't worry (informal)!
nous parlerons plus tardwe will speak later
où on se retrouve?where do we meet?
où pouvons-nous manger?where can we eat?
où sont les toilettes?where is the bathroom?
où veux-tu dîner?where do you want to have dinner? (informal)
parlez-vous anglais?do you speak English? (formal)
pas du toutnot at all
pas pour moinot for me
peux-tu m'aider?can you help me (informal)?
pourquoi pas?why not?
pourriez-vous répéter?can you say it again? (formal)
puis-je faire ça?can I do that?
qu'est-ce qui se passe?what is happening?
qu’est-ce que vous recommandez?what do you recommend (formal)?
que voulez-vous faire?what do you want to do (formal)?
qui est-ce?who is it?
quoi de neuf?what's new?
tu vas y alleryou are going to go there (informal)
va-t'en!go away!
viens avec moi!come with me! (informal)

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Let me know which ones you find the most useful for you in the comments section.

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About the Author Frederic

Frederic Bibard is the founder of Talk in French, a company that helps french learners to practice and improve their french. Macaron addict. Jacques Audiard fan. You can contact him on Twitter and Google +

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  • lesley says:

    Merci pour cette liste. Comment dit on “sit down” (informal) assieds-toi?

  • Arina says:

    Hi Frederic,

    I’m afraid when I open the pdf version there is only one page there!
    Can you look into this?

    Thank you!


    • Frederic says:

      I double checked and it is working from my side. There is in total 4 pages in the pdf. Perhaps your computer or electronic device cannot open it properly. I just sent you an email with the file again.

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  • Molly says:

    I’m not sure I ever heard my grandfather use ‘toilettes” for a washroom— he usually said “bécosse” or “biffy”.

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  • mary christina says:

    I love it l need more thank you

  • John Hextall says:

    Very useful list, thanks. I would like to add two phrases I have found indispensable – ‘puis j’avoir..’. and ‘je t’empris’.

  • John says:

    “Laisse-moi tranquille” or “Laissez-nous tranquilles.” Leave me/leave us alone.

  • pablo byamasu says:

    c’est interessant pour les etudiants de francais. merci et bob courage

  • Edna Esther Siah Fayiah says:

    Thank you for what you have been doing for we the french learners. You did very well for us. Thanks a lot!

  • iwmpop says:

    I speak French after over 25 years in France and school learning as a kid I would hope so!
    I’ve had some amusing episodes from UK Tourists in French, particularly ‘Je vais vous tuer’ (I’m going to kill you) instead of ‘Je vais vous tutoyer’ (I’m going to speak to you in the personal form’) and ‘Sausaages’ instead of ‘Saucisses’…..We learn from mistakes!

  • Katya Rousseva says:

    “Ça n’est pas grave” – is not correct.
    ” Ce n’est pas gtave” – that is correct.

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