img_7949Summer is here, and some of us are heading to France or one of the many French speaking countries. So the question is, how is your French? If the answer to that question is, not so good, well this blog post is for you! As a Mum of an 8 year old, I have noticed that my son like nothing more than me getting to speak foreign languages, it fascinates him and gives him that little push to give it a try.

Obviously, we have all noticed that more and more French can actually speak English. As a French person, I can tell you that if you make an effort as little or as big as you can, you will receive the best welcome, service available in France. It’s an ice breaker, start with saying Bonjour and give it a go! The French love it!

So here your ‘survival kit in France’ with audio [to listen click on See the source image, the link will open to a new window/tab] and free downloadable & printable flashcards French – flashcards July 2018.


My Post (3) (1).jpgFirst of all let’s review how to say hello & some useful sentences

Bonjour See the source image … good day
Au revoir See the source image … good bye
A bientôt See the source image… see you soon
Comment allez-vous? (formal)See the source image … How are you doing?
Ça va bien, merci! See the source image… I am good, thank you!


Introducing yourself – useful sentences

Bonjour, je m’appelle John See the source image … Hello, my name is John
Comment vous appelez-vous? (formal) See the source image … What is your name?
Je vous présente Caroline See the source image…. let me introduice you to Caroline
Enchanté See the source image … pleased to meet you

 


Manners – useful sentences 

S’il vous plait (formal) See the source image … please
Merci See the source image … thank you
Merci beaucoup See the source image … thank you very much
De rien See the source image … don’t mention it / it was nothing
Excusez-moi (formal) See the source image … excuse me


Book a table at a restaurant / a taxi / a train ticket – useful sentences

Je voudrais See the source image …. I would like
Je voudrais réserver See the source image …. I would like to book ….
Une table See the source image … a table
Un taxi See the source image … a taxi
Une chambre  See the source image … a room
C’est combien? See the source image … How much is it?
Quand ? See the source image … when


Asking for directions – useful sentences 

est la gare? See the source image … where is the train station?
Le musé See the source image… the museum
Léglise See the source image … the church
La boulangerie See the source image … the bakers
La plage See the source image … the beach
L’hôtel See the source image… the hotel
La banque See the source image .. the bank
Tournez à gauche See the source image … turn to the left
Tournez à droite See the source image .. turn to the right
Allez tout droit (formal) See the source image … go straight on
C’est loin? See the source image … is it far?


Understand the menu  – useful sentences

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Couscous night

Le restaurant See the source image … the restaurant
La carte See the source image … the menu
L’entréSee the source image … the starter
Le plat principal See the source image … the main course
Le plat du jour See the source image … the dish of the day
Le dessert See the source image .. pudding
La boisson See the source image … the drink
Le vin See the source image …. wine
La bière See the source image … beer
L’eau See the source image … water
Le jus See the source image … juice
Le jus d’orange See the source image … orange juice
Le jus de pomme See the source image …. apple juice
Les pâtes See the source image … pasta
Le poisson See the source image … fish
La viande See the source image … meat
Le fromage See the source image … cheese


Place an order – useful sentences

Passer la commande See the source image … to place an order
Je voudrais (formal) See the source image …. I would like
Je voudrais  une table pour deux (formal) See the source image ….. I would like a table for two
Un accompagnement See the source image … a side dish
Avec cela? See the source image … with this
Rien d’autre merci See the source image … nothing else, thank you
un supplement See the source image … extra charge


Understanding and questioning the bill – useful sentence

Excusez-moi il y a une erreur (formal) See the source image … sorry there is a mistake
Nous n’avons pas commander cela See the source image … we have not ordered this
Excusez-moi, il y a une erreur dans le prix (formal) See the source image … excuse me there is a mistake in the price


General – useful sentences 

Pouvez-vous répéter? (formal) See the source image … could you repeat?
Lentement s’‘il vous plait (formal) See the source image … slowly please (speak)
Je ne comprend pas See the source image … I do not understand

 


What’s the big deal with Tu a nd Vous?

I always stress the importance of using ‘vous’ – it represents the formal way of communicating, it is also the sign of good manners and politeness.


Get the kids involved using the free printables Holiday FlashCards – children (available in the next blog post soon!)


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Thank you, Merci, Danke schön, Gracias and shukraan شكرا

Maîtresse Salèha

French tutor & language passionnada

@ www.LingoLango.Blog

@ www.CanSpeakFrench.com
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