Useful French Phrases for Travellers

Difficulties with the language

English Pronunciation French
I understand zhe com-prohn Je comprends
I don't understand zhe neh com-prohn pah Je ne comprends pas
Do you speak English? Parlay vooz anglay Parlez-vous anglais?
I don't speak French zhe neh parl pah frohn-say Je ne parle pas francais

Useful Words

English Pronunciation French
big grond grand
small peh-tee petit
before ah-vohn avant
after ah-preh aprés
tomorrow de-mahn demain
yesterday yeah heir
many/much boo-coo beaucoup
cheap bohn mar-shay

pa sher

seh cheep
bon marché

pas chére

c'est cheap
expensive share cher

Directions

English Pronunciation French
I want to go to... zhe vur ahlay a... Je veux aller à...
left a go-sh à gauche
right a drwat à droit
near prosh proche
far lwahn loin
here ee-see ici
there lah

Getting Around

English Pronunciation French
Where is...? oo eh...? Ou est?
What time does the... leave/arrive? a kel ur pahr/ahreev le....? A quelle heure part/arrive le...?
bus oh-toh-booss autobus
train trahn train
plane a-vee-ohn avion
train station gar gare
platform kay quai
bus station sta-seeyon d'ohtoh-booss station d'autobus
one-way ticket beeyay sam-pluh billet simple
return ticket beeay alay eh reh-tour billet aller et retour
bicycle veh-loh vélo
petrol (gasoline) eh-sohns/gaz essence/gas

Accommodation

English Pronunciation French
Do you have any rooms available? ehs-ker voo zah-vay day shombr
leebr?
Est-ce que vous avez des chambres
libres?
hotel o-tell hôtel
youth hostel o-birzh de zheuness auberge de jeunesse
a room oon shombr une chambre
a double room oon shombr doobl une chambre double
with a bathroom ahvek sahl de bahn avec salle de bain
with a kitchenette ahvek kwee-zee-net avec cuisinette

Around the city

English Pronunciation French
bank bohnk banque
beach plazh plage
the bill la-dis-yohn

le reh soo
l'addition

le reçu
bridge pohn pont
convenience store day-pahn-nur dépanneur
department store mag-a-zhn magasin
grocery store ay-pee-seh-ree épicerie
museum mew-zay musée
opening hours oh-rair horaires
post office bew-roh de post bureau de poste
the police la polees la police
show/concert spek-tahk'l spectacle
toilet twah-leh toilet
tourist office bew-ro doo too-rism bureau do tourisme
travellers cheque shek vwoy-yazh cheque voyage

Food and Drink

English Pronunciation French
bakery boo-lohn-zheree boulangerie
buffet meal tab'l-doht table d'hôte
fresh fish store pwa-sohn-eree poissonnerie
restuarant rest-a-rohn restuarant
snack bar kass krewt casse croûte
bread pahn pain
cheese fro-mahj fromage
vegetables lay-gyoom légumes
fruit frwee fruit
water oh eau
milk leh lait
beer bee-yair bière
wine vahn vin
red wine vahn roozh vin rouge
white wine vahn blohn vin blanc

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