1: Basic French Phrases

This page corresponds to the 1st page of the printed booklet

This page contains audio for each of the phrases in Basics: the first page of the booklet. There is also a single audio file you can download and listen to that has the English and the French all in one, so that you can listen on the go. I recommend listening to the audio with the booklet in hand!

English French Audio
Hello Bonjour
Hi/bye! Salut!
Goodbye Au revoir
Yes Oui
No Non
How are you? Comment-allez vous?
Good thanks, and you? (formal) Bien, merci, et vous? (formal)
Good thanks, and you? (informal) Bien, merci, et toi? (informal)
Very well, thanks. Très bien, merci.
Thank you Merci
Thank you very much. Merci beaucoup.
You're welcome De rien. (informal)
Please (formal) S'il vous plaît. (formal)
(often abbreviated s.v.p. in written French)
Please (informal) S'il te plaît. (informal)
Good day Bonjour (til 6PM)
Good evening Bonsoir (after 18:00)
Good night Bonne nuit
See you later À bientôt.
What's up? Comment ça va? (informal)
What's up? Ça va? (slang)
Cheers! (toast) Santé!
Good. Bon (adjective)
Bien (adverb)
May I? Vous permettez?
Sorry! Pardon!
Very good. Très bon (adj)
Very good. Très bien. (adv)
Open ouvert No audio available
Closed fermé No audio available
Pull tirez No audio available
Push poussez No audio available
Small petit/petite (m/f) No audio available
Excuse me! Excusez-moi! No audio available
Big grand/grande (m/f) No audio available
Do you speak English? Parlez-vous anglais?
A little. Un peu.
I don't speak French. Je ne parle pas français.
I only speak a little French. Je parle un peu français.
I understand. Je comprends.
I don't understand. Je ne comprends pas.
Could you please say that again? Est-ce que vous pourriez répéter, s'il vous plaît.
Could you please speak more slowly? Est-ce que vous pourriez parler plus lentement, s'il vous plaît
Could you please write that down? Est-ce que vous pourriez écrire ça, s'il vous plaît
My bag was stolen! On m'a volé mon sac.
My wallet was stolen! On m'a volé mon porte-monnaie.
My passport was stolen! On m'a volé mon passeport!
I need a doctor! J'ai besoin d'un médecin!
Call the police! Appelez la police!