If you’re traveling to France, Belgium, parts of Switzerland and many of the countries in Africa knowing some common French phrases will come in pretty handy.

Even if you can only poorly utter a few things in French, locals will respect that you’re at least trying and will be more receptive to helping you out.

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Helpful French Phrases
Good morning
Bonjour  
(bohn-zhoor)
Hello
Salut  
(sah-lou)
Goodbye
Au revoir  
(oh rehvwarr)
One beer please
Une bière s’il vous plaît  
(oon byer seal vu play)
Pardon me
Excusez moi  
(x-scuse-zay mwah)
I’m sorry
Je suis désolé  
(zhuh swee day-so-lay)
My name is
Mon nom est  
(mawn nawn eh)
I don’t understand
Je ne comprends pas  
(zhuh nuh kohm-prahn pah)
Do you speak English?
Parlez-vous anglais?  
(parr-lay-vu ong-lay)
Help
Au secours  
(oh suh-koor)
Please
S’il vous plaît  
(seal vu play)
Thank you
Merci  
(mare-see)
How are you?
Comment ça va?  
(comm-ma sah-vah)
How much does this cost?
C’est combien?  
(say comm-beeyn)
Where is?
Où est?  
(ooo ay)
Yes
Oui  
(we)
No
Non  
(nawh)
cheers!
Numbers in French
1
Un  
(unh)
2
Deux  
(deh)
3
Trois  
(twah)
4
Quatre  
(kah-trah)
5
Cinq  
(sank)
6
Six  
(seece)
7
Sept  
(set)
8
Huit  
(wheet)
9
Nuef  
(nehf)
10
Dix  
(deece)
11
Onze  
(ohnz)
12
Douze  
(dooze)
13
Treize  
(trehze)
14
Quatorze  
(kah-tors)
15
Quinze  
(cans)
16
Seize  
(see-ezz)
17
Dix-sept  
(deece-set)
18
Dix-huit  
(deece-wheet)
19
Dix-neuf  
(deece-nehf)
20
Vingt  
(van)
30
Trente  
(trawnt)
40
Quarante  
(kah-rawnt)
50
Cinquate  
(sank-ont)
60
Soixante  
(swah-sont)
70
Soixante-dix  
(swah-sont-deece)
80
Quatre-vingts  
(kah-trah-van)
90
Quatre-vingt-dix  
(kah-trah-van-deece)
100
Cent  
(son)
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