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TILT: Parlez-vous Français?

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The French language, for me,  is the most romantic and sophisticated language. The way they pronounce the words I think even if you’re insulting someone it would still sound beautiful like whispering some sweet nothings. My fascination started when my parents enrolled me in a French-speaking school in Davao. We were taught how to speak basic phrases like Bonjour, bon soir, and Au revoir! And some advanced phrases such us Quel temps fait-il? (What’s the weather like?).  And to further enhance it, I enrolled myself in a language-tutorial program (and completed it) last year.

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I’d like to share with you some common French phrases that might be useful. Enjoy!

Common Expressions and Greetings in French

English

French

Pronunciation

Hello/Good day! Bonjour! bohN-zhoohr!
Good evening! Bon soir! bohN-swahr!
Good-bye! Au revoir! ohr-vwahr!
 Please. S’il vous plaît. seel vooh pleh.
You’re welcome. Je vous en prie./De rien. zhuh vooh-zahN pree./duh ryahN.
Thank you.  Merci. mehr-see.
Excuse me. Pardon./Excusez-moi. pahr-dohN./eks-kew-zey-mwah.
My name is . . . . Je m’appelle. . . . zhuh mah-pehl. . . .
Pleased to meet you. Enchanté./Enchantée. ahN-shahN-tey.

Useful Questions in French

English

French

Pronunciation

Do you speak English? Est-ce que vous parlez anglais? ehs-kuh vooh pahr-ley ahN-gleh?
How are you? Comment allez-vous? koh-mahN-tah-ley-vooh?
Would you help me please? Pourriez-vous m’aider? pooh-ree-ey vooh mey-dey ?
What’s your name? Comment vous appelez-vous? koh-mahN vooh-zah-pley-vooh?
What time is it? Quelle heure est-il ? kehl uhr eh-teel?
What’s the weather like? Quel temps fait-il? kehl tahN feh-teel?
How much does . . . cost? Combien coûte…? kohN-byaN kooht. . . ?
Where can I find . . .? Où est-ce que je peux trouver. . .? ooh ehs-kuh zhuh puh trooh-vey….?
Where are the bathrooms? Où sont les toilettes? ooh sohN ley twah-leht?
Do you have. . . ? Avez-vous…? ah-vey vooh. . . ?
Where is. . . ? Où est…? ooh eh…?
Could you please speak more slowly? Pourriez-vous parler plus lentement, s’il vous plaît? pooh-ree-ey-vooh pahr-ley plew lahNt-mahN, seel vooh pleh?
Could you repeat that, please? Pourriez-vous répéter, s’il vous plaît? pooh-ree-ey-vooh rey-pey-tey, seel vooh pleh?

Days of the Week in French

English

French

Pronunciaton

Monday lundi luhN-dee
Tuesday mardi mahr-dee
Wednesday mercredi mehr-kruh-dee
Thursday jeudi zhuh-dee
Friday vendredi vahN-druh-dee
Saturday samedi sahm-dee
Sunday dimanche dee-mahNsh

Months of the Year in French

English French Pronunciation
January janvier zhahN-vyey
February février fey-vryey
March mars mahrs
April avril ah-vreel
May mai meh
June juin zhwaN
July juillet zhwee-yeh
August août ooht
September septembre sehp-tahN-bruh
October octobre ohk-toh-bruh
November novembre noh-vahN-bruh
December décembre dey-sahN-bruh

When ordering in French Restaurant

English

French

Pronunciation

The menu, please. Le menu, s’il vous plaît. luh muh-new, seel vooh pleh.
I’d like. . . . Je voudrais. . . . zhuh vooh-dreh. . . .
What do you recommend/suggest? Qu’est-ce que vous recommandez/suggérez? kehs-kuh vooh ruh-kohh-mahN-dey/sooh-zhey-rey?
Another (beer) please. Encore (une bière), s’il vous plaît. ahN-kohr (ewn byehr), seel vooh pleh.
The check, please. L’addition, s’il vous plaît. lah-dee-syohN, seel vooh pleh.
A receipt, please. Un reçu, s’il vous plaît. uhN ruh-sew, seel vooh pleh.
Enjoy your meal. Bon appétit! bohN-nah-pey-tee!

So there, I hope you find the lists helpful.  Until then, Au revoir! Bonne journée!

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