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French for beginners : Basic french words and how to introduce yourself

14 days ago
Bonjour à tous,

For those who never spoke a word of french and want to start learning it , here are the basic words/ phrases you should know.

Oui — Yes
Non — No
Bonjour — Hello (Add a monsieur — sir or madame — ma’am to be polite.)
Salut! — Hi/hey! (This is a more casual version of “hello.” You’ll hear the young folks throwing this one around.)
Au revoir — Goodbye
À plus (tard)! — See you later!
À la prochaine! — See you next time!
Bisous/Bises! — Kisses! (This is a casual way to say goodbye.)
Bonsoir — Good evening
Bonne journée! — [Have a] good day!
Bonne soirée! — [Have a] good evening!
Pardon — Excuse me (For example, after you bump into someone on the metro.)
Merci — Thank you
S’il vous plaît — Please
Excusez-moi monsieur/madame — Excuse me sir/madam
Parlez-vous anglais? — Do you speak English?
Comment dit-on ___ en français? — How do you say ___ in French?
Je m’appelle… — My name is…
Moi, c’est… — Me, I’m… (This is a more casual way of introducing yourself.)
Comment vous appelez-vous? What is your name?
Tu t’appelles comment? — What’s your name? (For when you want to keep things casual. Notice the tu form.)
Comment allez-vous? — How are you?
Ça va? En forme? — How are you? You good?
Je suis ravi(e) de faire votre connaissance. — I am delighted to meet you. (You’ll raise some eyebrows—in approval, of course!—if you bust out this fancy French “nice to meet ya.”)
Enchanté. — Pleased to meet you.

This list is part of an article intended for people who want to travel to a french speaking country. There you will find plenty of useful travel phrases, you should definitely check it out if you are planning on visiting France soon : https://www.fluentu.com/blog/french/french-travel-phrases-3/

À bientôt :)