French phrases for travelling

If you’re travelling 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.

Use your hands

If all else fails, try communicating with charades.  People have been communicating with each other for centuries using their hands and actions to act out what they’re trying to say.
Helpful French Phrases
Hello
Bonjour  
(bohn-zhoor)
Good bye
Au revoir  
(oh rehvwarr)
Pardon me
Excusez moi  
(x-scuse-zay mwah)
My name is
Mon nom est  
(mawn nawn eh)
Do you speak English?
Parlez-vous anglais?  
(parr-lay-vu ong-lay)
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!

You’re definitely going to want to learn this is French – it’s A votre santé!
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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