Phrases to Learn When Visiting France


Planning a trip to France? 

Join us as we take you through important French phrases you need to learn so you would seamlessly blend in with the locals and enjoy your trip, these keywords would also make communication just a little bit easier. There are few travel phrases you need to get right to help you have a good time in France. It is advised to take you time and learn the language properly for a better experience, but if you don’t have that kind of availability, you could make use of these phrases to brush up your French.

Hello… (Bonjour)

When you approach someone to ask a favor or start up a conversation, the first word of greeting you should say is “Bonjour.” From here you can ask your question or let the person know that your French is not that pretty. If you are going to ask a favor, then “Bonjour, S’il Vous Plait” is a polite way to strike a conversion. From here you can proceed to ask your question and be sure to get a friendly reply. Using this phrase is better off than just saying “Hello” as you would get the attention of the person, especially if his English is not so good.

Do You Speak English? (Parlez-Vous Anglais?)

Well, this is the second most-used French phrase by tourists as it is easier for them to switch to English than continue the conversation in French. You can say this after the first phrase, to know if you can change to English. Using this phrase before continuing the conversation is acceptable because most French natives speak basic English and aren’t against conversing with a foreigner in that language, but it is always good to strike a conversation in their mother tongue. Just make sure you use “Bonjour” to sound polite enough before switching to English.

Where Can I Find A City Map? (Où Est-Ce Queue Je Peux Trouver Un Plan De La Ville?)

It’s easier to use the city map than endlessly ask for directions. So, once you certify that your guy cannot speak English, the next thing you should do is ask for a map. Most maps have the English version on it, so you wouldn’t find it difficult to read one.

Where is…? (Où est…?)

Searching for something that isn’t a map or a landmark, this phrase comes in handy. You may be looking for a specific hotel, restaurant, church or someplace that is not on the map. You could use this phrase and then attach what you are looking for at the end of the sentence.

Where Is the Ticket Window? (Où Est Le Guichet?)

Trying to buy a ticket for a concert or a train trip, you will need this phrase to ask for a ticket window. Once you step into a mall or any other place where you will need directions for a ticket, this phrase will help see you through your quest. You should go ahead and learn some other French words that you will need in your everyday conversation for a better experience in France. Have a nice trip!

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