Learn a Language: French

21 comments

learn-a-language-banner-french-001

The French language, for me,  is the most romantic and sophisticated language. The way they pronounce the words even if you’re insulting someone it would still sound beautiful like whispering some sweet nothings. Kidding aside, it is a language for poets and writers, for wine lovers and foodies. It is a language that is embraced by scholars, teachers, and students the world over, and it is spoken between world leaders in business, politics, and social justice. And on top of all that, it is one of the most beautiful, musical languages the world has ever known.

My fascination started when my parents enrolled me in an international (French-speaking) school in Davao City, Philippines. We were taught how to speak basic phrases like Bonjour, Bon soir, and Au revoir! And some advanced phrases such us Quel temps fait-il? (What’s the weather like?).  And to further enhance it, I enrolled myself in a language-tutorial program (and completed it) six years ago.

I was very happy that I was able to keep up with a few French that I spoke with during my trip to France last year. Nothing beats talking to local. Ordering food and asking for directions was also a breeze! #Bucketlist, ticked!

I’d like to share with you some common French phrases that might be useful. Enjoy!

Common Expressions and Greetings in French

English

French

Pronunciation

Hello/Good day! Bonjour! bohN-zhoohr!
Good evening! Bon soir! bohN-swahr!
Good-bye! Au revoir! ohr-vwahr!
 Please. S’il vous plaît. seel vooh pleh.
You’re welcome. Je vous en prie./De rien. zhuh vooh-zahN pree./duh ryahN.
Thank you.  Merci. mehr-see.
Excuse me. Pardon./Excusez-moi. pahr-dohN./eks-kew-zey-mwah.
My name is . . . . Je m’appelle. . . . zhuh mah-pehl. . . .
Pleased to meet you. Enchanté./Enchantée. ahN-shahN-tey.

Useful Questions in French

English

French

Pronunciation

Do you speak English? Est-ce que vous parlez anglais? ehs-kuh vooh pahr-ley ahN-gleh?
How are you? Comment allez-vous? koh-mahN-tah-ley-vooh?
Would you help me please? Pourriez-vous m’aider? pooh-ree-ey vooh mey-dey ?
What’s your name? Comment vous appelez-vous? koh-mahN vooh-zah-pley-vooh?
What time is it? Quelle heure est-il ? kehl uhr eh-teel?
What’s the weather like? Quel temps fait-il? kehl tahN feh-teel?
How much does . . . cost? Combien coûte…? kohN-byaN kooht. . . ?
Where can I find . . .? Où est-ce que je peux trouver. . .? ooh ehs-kuh zhuh puh trooh-vey….?
Where are the bathrooms? Où sont les toilettes? ooh sohN ley twah-leht?
Do you have. . . ? Avez-vous…? ah-vey vooh. . . ?
Where is. . . ? Où est…? ooh eh…?
Could you please speak more slowly? Pourriez-vous parler plus lentement, s’il vous plaît? pooh-ree-ey-vooh pahr-ley plew lahNt-mahN, seel vooh pleh?
Could you repeat that, please? Pourriez-vous répéter, s’il vous plaît? pooh-ree-ey-vooh rey-pey-tey, seel vooh pleh?

Days of the Week in French

English

French

Pronunciaton

Monday lundi luhN-dee
Tuesday mardi mahr-dee
Wednesday mercredi mehr-kruh-dee
Thursday jeudi zhuh-dee
Friday vendredi vahN-druh-dee
Saturday samedi sahm-dee
Sunday dimanche dee-mahNsh

Months of the Year in French

English French Pronunciation
January janvier zhahN-vyey
February février fey-vryey
March mars mahrs
April avril ah-vreel
May mai meh
June juin zhwaN
July juillet zhwee-yeh
August août ooht
September septembre sehp-tahN-bruh
October octobre ohk-toh-bruh
November novembre noh-vahN-bruh
December décembre dey-sahN-bruh

When ordering in French Restaurant

English

French

Pronunciation

The menu, please. Le menu, s’il vous plaît. luh muh-new, seel vooh pleh.
I’d like. . . . Je voudrais. . . . zhuh vooh-dreh. . . .
What do you recommend/suggest? Qu’est-ce que vous recommandez/suggérez? kehs-kuh vooh ruh-kohh-mahN-dey/sooh-zhey-rey?
Another (beer) please. Encore (une bière), s’il vous plaît. ahN-kohr (ewn byehr), seel vooh pleh.
The check, please. L’addition, s’il vous plaît. lah-dee-syohN, seel vooh pleh.
A receipt, please. Un reçu, s’il vous plaît. uhN ruh-sew, seel vooh pleh.
Enjoy your meal. Bon appétit! bohN-nah-pey-tee!

So there, I hope you find the lists helpful.  Until then, bonne journée!

polly-signature

 

pin-this-post PIN THIS POST

learn-a-language-french-pinterest-001

21 comments on “Learn a Language: French”

  1. I never studied French but us Italians can understand almost everything the French say because our language and French have the same origin. Whenever I visit France I always experience the weird situation where I get what they tell me but I don’t know how to put a phrase together to reply…. pambihira talaga. Pero masarap talaga ang wine nila…

    Like

  2. Love this!! I took 4 years of french in high school and this brought back some very fond memories! Looks like its time to freshen up my skills.

    Like

  3. I think that, when we travel, the locals appreciate us knowing just a bit of how they communicate. So, this is helpful for those who dare to attempt some French!

    Like

  4. I took Spanish in high school and college. My husband took French in high school and college. We are both planning to try to learn Spanish for real now. Maybe adding French later.

    Like

  5. French seems like an easy language to learn! Thanks for the easy sentences and words! I am going to learn more French!

    Like

  6. I always say that we should learn some new skill during quarantine and this is one of the best that we can invest on! I’ve always wanted to learn other languages when I was in college but I hadn’t have the opportunity because it was not part of our curriculum. Now, I’m going to save this! Thanks for this easy material you have shared! ☺ Very helpful!

    Like

  7. French is quite a great language, though I studied it in highschool for 2years but never got to be an expert…lol

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.