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Very Basic French

What follows is unashamedly lifted from the truly excellent site http://www.snappyfrench.com/ with the kind permission of it's author. Please go to the site if you need to know anything about surviving the French language. With just the few words below you will never starve, will make friends and know how to refuse that extra glass of wine. Please give it a go - and of course feel free to print it off.

Snappy Basics

hello/good morning bonjour bonzhooer
hello/good evening bonsoir bonswah
hi! salut! salyoo!
goodbye au revoir oh revwah
yes oui wee
no non non
I'm sorry je suis désolé zhe swee dayzohlay
I don't speak French je ne parle pas le francais zhe ne parl pa le fronsay
I don't speak French well Je ne parle pas bien le francais zhe ne parl pa beean le fronsay
(Could you speak) slowly please? lentement s' il vous plaît lontemon seel voo play
do you speak English? parlez-vous anglais? parlay voo onglay?
please s'il vous plaît seel voo play
thank you merci mehrsee
no thank you non merci non mehrsee
my name is... je m' appelle... zhe mappel
what is your name? Comment vous appelez-vous? Kommon vooz applay voo?
how are you? ça va? sa va?
I'm fine thanks ça va bien merci sa va bian mehrsee

 

one un ern
two deux derr
three trois trwa
four quatre katr
five cinq sank
six six seess
seven sept set
eight huit weet
nine neuf nerf
ten dix deess

 

I je

zh

you (for friends) tu tyou
he il eel
she elle el
we nous noo
you (formal) vous voo
they ils (men) elles (women) eel/el

 

big grand gron
small petit petee
how comment kommon
what que ke
who qui  
why pourquoi porkwa
where oo
when quand kon
excuse me excusez-moi exkyoozay-mwa

 

I am hungry j'ai faim zhay fam
I am thirsty j'ai soif zhay swaf
I would like... je voudrais... zhe voodray...
I do not want... je ne voudrais pas... zhe ne voodray pa...
where is...? où est...? oo ay...?
how much is this? c'est combien? say kombeean?
I need... j'ai besoin de... zhay bezwan de...
do you have...? Avez-vous...? avay-voo...?

 

 

TIP - If you really can't remember anything else, try to keep the most

important phrases to hand, i.e.

"I'm sorry, I don't speak French. Do you speak English?"


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Welcome to our Cycling Holidays site - The aim of the site is to give free advice, tests, reviews, background, history and just general chat about cycling in france and cycletouring. - For our commercial site offering cycling holidays in France please go to BRETONBIKES.COM, or contact us directly by email at cycling@bretonbikes.com