70 Basic French Phrases To Kickstart Your French Now

In this lesson, we will talk about basic French phrases that we use in daily life, different ways of greetings, and a set of survival phrases to get you understood (with audio). Let’s get started!

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Basic French Phrases

You probably know “Bonjour!” and “ça va?”, but French speakers use more than those, there are different greetings used in different situations throughout the day, and learning to use them will make you sound more natural while speaking.

Good morning!Bonjour!
Good evening!Bonsoir!
Good night!Bonne nuit!
How are you doing?Comment ça va ?
How are things going?Comment ça se passe ?
How is life going?Comment va la vie ?
Well / Very wellBien / Très bien
Not goodPas bien
More or lessPlus ou moins
I am fine.Je vais bien.
And you?Et toi?
Not very well, unfortunatelyPas très bien, malheureusement
How is the family?Comment va la famille ?
Everything is fine.Tout va bien.
Thank youMerci
Thank you very muchMerci beaucoup
You are welcomeDe rien
What’s up?Quoi de neuf ?
Pleasure to see youRavi de te voir
How’s your day?Comment va ta journée ?
Let’s meet tomorrowOn se voit demain
Bye.Au revoir.
See you tomorrow.À demain.
See youÀ plus
See you laterÀ plus tard
See you next timeÀ la prochaine

Note: you can practice what you’ve learned here, and learn how to pronounce each of the words in our Memrise course here, don’t know how to use the platform or sign up? we’ve got you covered in this easy-to-follow tutorial here.

Survival Phrases

What is your name? (informal)Comment tu t’appelles ? (informal)
What is your name? (formal male)Quel est votre nom? (formal)
My name is …Je m’appelle…
Nice to meet youRavi de te connaître
nice to meet you tooRavi de te connaître aussi
I’m sorryJe suis désolé
Excuse me / PardonPardon
Let’s go!Allons-y!
Where are you from? (informal)D’où tu viens ?
I’m from …Je viens de…
How old are you? (informal)Tu as quel âge ? / quel âge as-tu ?
I am … years old.J’ai… ans
Do you speak English? (informal)est-ce que tu parles anglais ?
I don’t speak…Je ne parle pas…
I speak…Je parle…
I speak a little Frenchje parle un peu français
Just a moment pleaseUn instant, s’il te plaît
How do you say … in French?Comment dit-on … en français?
Can you help me?Tu peux m’aider ?
Can you say that again?Tu peux répéter ça ?
Do you understand?Est-ce que vous comprenez?
I don’t knowJe ne sais pas
I don’t understandJe ne comprends pas
Of courseBien sûr
What does it mean … ?Qu’est-ce que cela signifie?
What is that?c’est quoi ça ?
What’s the matter?Quel est le problème ?
It doesn’t matterPeu importe
What’s happening?Qu’est-ce qui se passe ?
I have no ideaJe n’en ai aucune idée
I’m tiredJe suis fatigué
I’m sickJe suis malade
I’m hungryJ’ai faim
I’m thirstyJ’ai soif
I’m hotJ’ai chaud
I’m coldJ’ai froid
Don’t worryNe t’inquiète pas
Good luck!Bonne chance!
I must go nowJe dois partir maintenant
That’s alright.C’est bon.
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Happy learning!

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