"Bonjour!" How Well Can You Translate These Simple French Phrases?

By: Isadora Teich
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French is considered an international language, and while you may not "speak" French, you might be surprised how much you actually know. From greetings to simple phrases French is a common part of our daily lives. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the French language - "Bonne chance!"

Bonjour.

Bonjour is the classic French way to say hello. "Salut" and "Allô" are other greetings.

Merci.

Regardless of where you are in the world or what language you're speaking, it's important to be polite. This is how you say "Thank you" in French.

Oui.

Knowing how to say "Yes" and "No" in any language is key. In French, "Yes" is "Oui" and "No" is "Non."

De rien.

This literally translates to "Of nothing." It's the polite response to "You're welcome."

Je ne comprends pas.

When traveling abroad or learning a new language, it's inevitable that a few things will slip by you. Keep this phrase handy.

Je suis désolé.

There are a few ways to say sorry in French and each is appropriate in different situations. This one is for more formal situations.

Excusez-moi.

You can use this phrase to get a server's attention in a restaurant. It is also useful for minor informal situations, such as when you bump into someone.

Où est...?

When traveling, getting lost is almost guaranteed at one point or another. This can be used for anything from restaurants to museums and other attractions.

Un billet, s’il vous plaît.

Regardless of where you are in the world, you usually can't get on a bus, subway, or train without fare or a ticket. Knowing this phrase will help your journey go smoothly.

Bonsoir.

"Bonjour" covers "Hello," "Good day," and "Good morning" all in one. "Bonsoir is how one says "Good evening."

Bonne nuit.

The French use this phrase before going to bed. It is a goodbye spoken in this situation.

S'il vous plaît.

In French, speaking formally to strangers, superiors, authority figures and people who are older than you in some situations is important. This is the polite and formal way to say "Please."

Ça va?

This informal French phrase is a small talk staple. The answer to it is also "Ça va."

Comment vous appelez-vous?

In French using informal and formal language in the appropriate situations is key to being polite. Speak this phrase when you want to find out someone's name and want to make sure you are observing good manners.

Où sont les toilettes?

For anyone traveling to a French-speaking country, this is a key question to memorize. Knowing where restrooms are is important.

Tu t'appelles comment?

This is an ideal way to ask acquaintances and people of about your own age their name in non-formal settings. Try to remember both the formal and informal in order to not offend anyone.

Je m'appelle...

Keep this phrase on hand in order to introduce yourself. For example, you might say "Je m'appelle Karl."

Je suis de...

This is one way you can let people know where you are from in French. Pop your country of origin on the end and you are good to go.

Je suis Américain.

In French, many words are gendered to reflect the subject of a sentence. If you are an American woman, you would say "Je suis américaine."

Je vais bien.

This is a common answer to "Comment allez-vous?" This is the formal way of asking "How are you?"

Je suis fatigué.

This is French for "I'm tired." Grammatically, when speaking about a woman, the phrase is written out "Je suis fatiguée," but pronounced the same in conversation.

J'ai faim.

This is French for "I'm hungry." I'm thirsty is "J'ai soif."

Bonne chance!

This classic French phrase is used to wish others luck. Keep it on hand as you travel.

Je t'aime.

French is often referred to as the language of love, and knowing how to say a few romantic phrases can't hurt, whether you're a traveler or just a romantic. This is how to tell someone you love them in French.

Allons-y.

This phrase translates to "Let's go." It's how you announce the end of one activity or start another.

Je ne sais pas.

When learning a new language or traveling to a new place, everyone comes across new things they don't know or understand yet. This is a helpful phrase to have on hand.

C’est combien?

For avid shoppers abroad this is a key phrase to know. It comes in handy when shopping or haggling.

Je ne comprends pas.

If you're a beginner at French remember this phrase. It comes in handy when trying to get a handle on the language.

Je suis perdu.

This can come in handy while traveling. For a woman, it is written "Je suis perdue," but pronounced in the same way.

Pourquoi pas?

"Why" in French is "Porquois." These are very basic French phrases.

Je veux...

In restaurants and in life in general, you can let people know exactly what you want with this French phrase. For example: "I want an apple," would be "Je veux une pomme."

Ce n'est pas grave.

This French phrase can be used like the English phrases "Don't worry about it," and "No problem." It's a common way to respond to apologies and let people know that you are alright after minor accidents.

Au Revoir.

This is one way to say goodbye in French. "Adieu" and "Salut" are also used.

Je comprends un peu.

If you know a little bit of French and want to get some language practice going, this is a great way to let people know where you stand as far as French language skills go. Real world practice is key to learning.

Que veut dire....?

When learning French, keep this phrase on hand so you can find out what any unfamiliar words mean. It's great for travelers as well.

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