The French will really appreciate it if you have a go at speaking the language – even if your accent is horrible, or if all you learn are the French phrases & words below:
- Bonjour (hello)
Bonjour is good start when striking up a conversation and is followed by Monsieur (male), Madame (female) or Mademoiselle (young female).
- Au revoir (goodbye)
- Parlez-vous Anglais?
Do you speak English?
A typical French bar, popular and cheap.
- On va en boite?
Fancy going to a nightclub?
- Miam miam (yum yum)
A must in the country of food
- Un canon
An extremely attractive lad or lass.
- C’est combine?
How much is this? The shoppers must-know phrase.
- C’est le coup de bamboo
Literally ‘it’s a bamboo stroke’ referring to something being painfully expensive.
- S'il vous plait (please) / Merci (thank you)
Being polite always helps.
Now you've had a taste of the language, keen to know more? Why not learn French with our French language course.
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