French Class Phrases

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French class phrases
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The best way to encourage students to speak French in the classroom is to make sure that they know how to say all the things that they need to say. Once you teach them these useful words and phrases, your students should be able to avoid speaking English during any normal classroom interaction.

Comprehension and Communication

What? Comment ?
I don’t know. Je ne sais pas.
I don’t understand. Je ne comprends pas.
Repeat, please. Répétez, s’il vous plaît.
One more time Encore une fois
More slowly Plus lentement
How do you spell it? Comment est-ce que cela s’écrit ?
Can you write it? Pouvez-vous l’écrire ?
What’s the difference between ___ and ___? Quelle est la différence entre ___ et ___ ?
Is this sentence correct? Cette phrase est correcte ?

French ≠ English

What does ___ mean?   Que veut dire ___ ?
How do you say ___ in French?   Comment dit-on ___ en français ?
What is ___ in French?   ___, c’est quoi en français ?
What is the English translation of this sentence?   Quelle est la traduction de cette phrase ?

Problems and Requests

   
I have a problem.   J’ai un problème.
I forgot my ___.   J’ai oublié mon/ma ___.
May I borrow a ___?   Puis-je emprunter un/une ___ ?
I need (to) ___.   J’ai besoin de ___.
I would like (to) ___.   Je voudrais ___.
     
I have a question.   J’ai une question.
What page?   Quelle page ?
May I go to the bathroom?   Puis-je aller aux toilettes ?

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2 Responses

  1. Charmaine 20 August 2014 / 3:46

    Why is s’écrire used and not s’épeler in the phrase “comment est-ce que cela s’écrit” when asking how do you spell it?

    • lkl 23 August 2014 / 20:57

      I can’t tell you why; that’s simply what the French say.

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