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1001 Easy French Phrases

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May 10, 2012


The perfect companion for tourists and business travelers in France and other places where the French language is spoken, this book offers fast, effective communication. More than 1,000 basic words, phrases, and sentences cover everything from asking directions and renting a car to ordering dinner and finding a bank.
Designed as a quick reference tool and an easy study guide, this inexpensive and easy-to-use book offers completely up-to-date terms for modern telecommunications, idioms, and slang. The contents are arranged for quick access to phrases related to greetings, transportation, shopping, services, medical and emergency situations, and other essential items. A handy phonetic pronunciation guide accompanies each phrase.
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1001 Easy French Phrases - Heather McCoy


Chapter 1

Greetings and Everyday Expressions


One of the ways in which French differs from English is that French uses formal and informal registers of language. These are expressed in the choice of the subject pronoun (vous is formal; tu is informal); the form of the verb; and, sometimes, in the way a question is formed. Always address adults whom you don’t know well using the formal form of the verb, and reserve the informal for friends and children. It is interesting to note that Americans have a tendency to be informal in many situations in which the French prefer to interact formally. We’ve indicated below whenever a given sentence is formal or informal.

You will discover that although the subject pronoun for we is nous, the pronoun on frequently is used instead. You can usually tell by the context whether the speaker using on is referring to someone in general, or to the first-personal plural form "we."

As far as greetings are concerned, keep in mind that these are quite important, and are another way that the formal and informal registers of language are expressed. To show politeness, greet a shopkeeper or hotel employee with "Bonjour Madame or Bonjour Monsieur." And a smile is universal!

You also will note that another difference between French and English is that nouns in French are either masculine or feminine. This has nothing to do with actual gender—say, the inherent masculine nature of le stylo (the pen), so it’s better to memorize the gender of a noun rather than try to figure out this system of classification! Another important aspect to remember about the gender of nouns in French is that articles, adjectives, pronouns, and some verbs must agree with nouns in gender and number. We have indicated this below where appropriate by providing both the masculine and feminine forms, with the feminine form indicated either with an e in parentheses or given in a separate example. Note that when choosing sentences to describe yourself, you’ll want to choose the appropriate form.

1. Good morning. Bonjour. Bohn-zhoor

2. Good evening. Bonsoir. Bohn-swahr

3. Good night. (bedtime) Bonne nuit. Buhn nwee

4. Hello. Bonjour. Bohn-zhoor

5. Hi. Salut. Sah-loo

6. Good-bye. Au revoir. Oh ruh vwahr

7. See you soon. À bientôt. Ah byehn-toh

8. See you tonight! À ce soir! Ah suh swahr

9. See you tomorrow! À demain! Ah duh-mihn

10. See you later! (formal) À plus tard! Ah ploo tar

11. See you later! (informal) À plus! Ah ploos

12. Have a nice day. Bonne journée. Buhn zhoor-nay

13. Have a nice evening. Bonne soirée. Buhn swa-ray

14. My name is . . . Je m’appelle . . . Zhuh ma-pel

15. Allow me to introduce you to . . . (most formal)

Permettez-moi de vous présenter . . .

Per-meh-tay mwah duh voo pray-zehn-tay

16. This is . . . (formal) Je vous présente. . .

Zhuh voo pray-zehnt

17. This is . . . (informal) Voici . . . Vwa-see

18. Pleased to meet you.

Enchanté. (if you are male) Enchantée. (if you are female)


19. How nice to see you again. (formal)

Quel plaisir de vous revoir.

Kell play-zeer duh voo ruh-vwahr

20. Nice to see you again. (informal) Quel plaisir de te revoir.

Kell play-zeer duh tuh ruh-vwahr

21. I am here on a business trip. Je suis ici en voyage d’affaires.

Zhuh swee zee-see ehn voy-yahzh da-fare

22. We’re on vacation. On est en vacances.

Ohn et ehn va-kanse

23. I work for . . . Je travaille pour . . . Zhuh tra-vy poor

24. What line of work are you in? Quelle est votre profession?

Kell ay vote pro-fess-yion

25. Where do you work? Où est-ce que vous travaillez?

Oo ess-kuh voo tra-vy-yay

26. I am . . . Je suis . . . Zhuh swee

. . . a stay-at-home mom. . . . femme au foyer.

fahm oh-fwa-yay

. . . a doctor. . . . médecin. made-sihn

. . . a teacher. . . . prof. prohf

. . . a university professor. . . . un(e) universitaire.

uhn / oon oo-nee-vers-uh-tare

. . . a business man. . . . homme d’affaires. umm dah-fare

. . . a business woman. . . . femme d’affaires.

fahm dah-fare

. . . an architecte. . . . architecte. are-shee-tekt

. . . an engineer. . . . ingénieur.

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