List of French Words
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Let's begin with a list of French words you'll need when you take your dream trip to France, travel to Disneyland Paris, or when you want to greet your French-speaking family, friends, or clients.
- Bonjour/Salut = Hello
- Bonsoir = Good evening
- A plus tard = See you later
- Au revoir = Goodbye
- Oui = Yes
- Non = No
- Merci = Thank you
- S'il vous plait = Please
- Excusez moi = Excuse me
- De rien = You're welcome
- Comment? = What?
- Là = There
- Quand = When?
- Où = Where?
- Comment allez vous? = How are you?
- Comment ca va? = How are you/How's it going?
- Ca va bien, merci, et vous? = Fine thanks and you?
In this next list of French words
we'll look at some common phrases and everyday expressions that are sure to come in handy:
- Je ne parle pas français = I don't speak French
- Parlez-vous anglais? = Do you speak English?
- Je ne comprends pas = I don't understand
- Pouvez-vous répéter cela, s'il vous plait? = Could you repeat that, please?
- Quelle heure est-il? = What time is it?
- Où est? = Where is...?
- C'est combien? = How much does this cost?
- Je parle très peu français = I speak very little French
- J'ai faim = I'm hungry
- J'ai soif = I'm thirsty
- Desolé = I'm sorry
- Je m'appelle = My name is...
Any good French dictionary should include a list of French verbs and their conjugations, as well as a list of the French tenses. Most French textbooks provide various lists of words organized under categories or themes, such a list of the parts of the body, a list of shopping terms, a list of French expressions describing the weather, and more. If you are teaching French to children, the following list of French words might come in handy:
- French Numbers (1-10) = un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix
- French Colors: Jaune - yellow; rouge - red; vert(e) - green; bleu(e) - blue, orange - orange; blanc(he) - white; noir(e) - black; violet(tte) - purple
As you continue to build up your vocabulary, start keeping your own list of French words. In fact, the experts advise that you keep a list of all the words you don't know and then practice using them in a sentence until they are mastered. Flash cards are an interactive way to memorize lists of French words and phrases and are a fun way to test yourself and your friends.
Finally, if memorizing a long list of French words simply doesn't inspire you, here are some more creative and interesting ways to learn French, expand your vocabulary, and improve your pronunciation:
- Practice conversing with a native French speaker
- Listen to French songs
- Read French children's books
- Watch movies with French subtitles
- Do simple crossword puzzles in French
- Do French word searches
- Play Scrabble in French
- Listen to French audio available on many websites
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