Essential French

Essential French phrases
Share / Tweet / Pin Me!

Français indispensable

Knowing just a few key words and phrases can be very helpful in your French classes, while traveling in France, and everywhere in between.

Here are some general terms; please see the list at the end for more specific vocabulary.

Communication Issues

Do you speak English?  Parlez-vous anglais ?
(or some other language)
I speak (a little) French.  Je parle (un peu de) français.
What? Comment ?
I don’t understand. Je ne comprends pas.
Repeat, please. Répétez, s’il vous plaît.
More slowly Plus lentement
One more time Encore une fois
I have a problem. J’ai un problème.


What does ___ mean? Que veut dire ___ ?
How do you say ___ in French? Comment dit-on ___ en français ?

Questions and Answers

   Related lessons
I have a question. J’ai une question.Asking questions
I don’t know. Je ne sais pas.
who quiInterrogative pronouns, Relative pronouns
what quoi
when quand Interrogative adverbs
why pourquoi
how comment
yes oui Yes in French
yes (in response to no) si
no non No in French
OK d’accord
and etCoordinating conjunctions
or ou

 More essential French

French for beginners French for beginners

Self-study checklist with lessons, quizzes, and comprehension exercises.

Learn Spanish En español

Learn Italian In italiano

 Share / Tweet / Pin Me!

Essential French

Any Questions?

 Ask away in the comments section below or start a conversation on any of the Lawless French social media pages.

More Lawless French

 Subscribe to my twice-weekly newsletter.

Support Lawless French

  This free website is created with love and a great deal of work.

If you love it, please consider making a one-time or monthly donation.

Your support is entirely optional but tremendously appreciated.