Planning to travel to France soon? These French travel phrases will surely come in handy! With just a few phrases, you can turn your holiday in France from good to terrific. A simple “bonjour” or “merci” will make a lot of difference, but with this list of phrases, you can turn it up a notch and travel even more confidently in France.
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Met someone interesting and wondering what the person’s name is? Ask away! But remember to use tu and vous appropriately in the right situation!
Got a question? Before you fire away, here’s how to begin.
You’re looking for a place but you just can’t seem to find it. No worries. Ask the nearest person this phrase and you’ll have better chances of getting some help! Remember to say “bonjour” first before diving into your question, and then ending it with “merci !”
Time is of the essence when you’re traveling. If you want to know how much time you’ll be spending on your way to a certain place, this is what you need to ask.
Don’t get lost when driving in France! You can easily pull over and ask someone which exit you need to take. Go on, don’t be shy.
Shopping! Aaahh, how glorious it is to shop while on holiday. To ask about the price of an item, here’s what to say.
Whether you’re at a shop or at a restaurant or cafe, this phrase would come in super handy!
Same as the previous phrase, but this one is for a more pressing need. Regardless of what you need to get, this is what to say.
If you need help, don’t hesitate to ask! And oh, a little trivia: did you know that the distress call “Mayday” came from this phrase? Now you know!
After someone helped you, it’s only proper to thank them correctly. This is what you’ll say.
There goes that French person, talking too fast for you to keep up. Easy, just ask them to repeat what they said and they won’t mind.
A French person just talked to you in straight French and you’re at a loss on what he’s saying. It’s okay to say you don’t understand a word he said. Here’s how to do it.
Finally giving up and wishing to just speak in a different language instead? Maybe that French person you’re talking to knows a bit of English! Ask away!
You’re just tired of following along to French people talking and you just want to stop trying already. There, there. Take it easy. Simply say you don’t speak French and they’ll understand. They probably know already anyway.
So there you go. 15 French travel phrases to help you navigate your way around France. Want to try your hand in a short quiz on French travel phrases? Check out the quiz here.
To help you travel in France with confidence, this big French phrasebook will help you say everything you need to say at the right place and time. See below for details.
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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