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Can You Get More Than 11 Right on This Basic French Phrases Quiz?
By: Kennita Leon
6 Min Quiz
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About This Quiz
Let's be honest. French is one of the most beautiful languages in the world, but boy is it difficult to speak. There are just so many rules that it can sometimes be confusing to know what phrases and questions mean what. But we don't plan on getting complicated today. We want to keep it simple and see if you know what these French phrases mean.
While there are hundreds or thousands of questions that can be asked in this language, we only want to test the very basics. So we'll ask you how to say the easy things like what is your name, how are you, I don't know, how much is it and what do you want to do. Some of them may challenge you, which is why we'll be really impressed if you can get more than 11 of the questions correct.
So, if you feel like you know enough about the language to correctly guess what these phrases and questions mean, it's time to fully immerse yourself in this French quiz. Will you come out on top by the end, or will you suffer from culture shock? Let's find out.
What does the phrase "avez-vous faim" mean?
In this phrase the subject and verb placements are reversed. This phrase is also often hyphenated. This way of asking is reserved for unfamiliar or persons of stature.
Do you know what "c'est quoi" is asking?
Literally meaning "This is what?" or "It is what," the first half of this phrase of inquiry is a contraction of the word "ce" (it/this) and "est," a conjugation of "être" (to be).
Which of the options best explains the question "c'est tout?"
This can be uttered as a question or can serve as a declarative statement to indicate that something is complete. Remember that "tout" is pronounced as "to."
What do you think "C'est très gentil" means?
"Gentil" is quite the flexible word; it can mean several things, including kind, amiable, even-tempered and even sometimes mediocre or complacent.
A question normally asked when shopping, what does "C’est combien?" mean?
The latter part of this sentence means "how much" and is commonly used while shopping, thankfully VISA is the same in all languages!
"C’est grave?" is a question of concern. But what does it mean?
Language is beautiful and the connections between them can always be found, and this is an example; in English, grave can also mean serious or profound.
Which of these is the meaning of the popular phrase "ça n'est pas grave"?
There are several ways to say this phrase but this particular way literally means "this is not serious" (no one actually speaks that way, hopefully.)
What does the phrase "Combien cela coûte?" mean?
One can also ask this a little differently by placing the adverb "combien" at the end of the question. The response simply eliminates the adverb and adds the price.
Do you know what "Comment t'appelles-tu?" is asking?
This structure is the casual way that someone would utilize to get acquainted with an individual. It actually asks what you call yourself.
"Comment vas-tu?" is a question of concern. What does it mean?
This would be a statement for you if you are greeting a loved one, a younger person or just familiar individuals. Formally, this would be "comment allez-vous?'
What is "Depuis quand?" asking?
If you're looking for the start date of something, this would be the way to start off the sentence. The response would begin with "depuis," and then a timeframe would follow.
What do you think "J’attends mes amis" means?
If your friends are always late, it may be best to get extremely familiar with this phrase, since you may be uttering it a lot.
If you don't understand what all these phrases mean, your should know this one "Je ne comprends pas." What does it mean?
In the process of mastering French, this may be a phrase that will be sent plenty of times, that is quite OK, foreign languages can be tough!
We have no idea what "Je ne sais pas" means. Do you?
Sometimes this statement of perplexity is followed by "moi" just to emphasize amusement, confusion or frustration.
What does the phrase "Je suis arrivé" mean?
Should this statement be made by a female, an additional "e" should be added to the end. Literally translated, this means I am arrived.
Which of these is the meaning of the popular phrase "Je suis désolé"?
This one is a must know, because we are human and eventually, we will be wrong. If a female is writing the statement, an additional "e" would be added.
"Je suis perdu" refers to a state of confusion, but what does it mean?
This can be utilized to communicate that you are actually lost or that you are confused or have been distracted from something such as a discussion.
A response given when one isn't sure, what does "Je te tiens au courant" mean?
Je te tiens au courant- I'll let you know (informal) is used as a promise to keep someone informed or updated. "Tiens" is from the word tenir and literally means "to hold."
What do you think "Je vais être en retard" means?
For the chronic latecomer, this is a key phrase to master. The subject and verb are altered by using various conjugations of "aller."
What assurance does "Ne t'inquiète pas" give?
If you are looking to allay someone's fears in a familiar setting, this is the phrase to use. It is in the imperative form, meaning it is giving a directive.
A phrase that means something will continue, which of the options is closest in meaning to "Nous parlerons plus tard"?
Set in the future tenses, this expresses the intent to have a conversation. The verb "parler" is conjugated according to the subject.
Do you know what "Où on se retrouve?" is asking?
This is a phrase which will be a staple in the vocabulary. Interestingly, "se retrouver" means to meet up again after being separated.
What does the phrase "Où pouvons-nous manger?" mean?
When typing or writing out this sentence, it is important to remember to include the accent grave on ‘'où,'' or it will be or rather than where.
Which of the options best explains the question "Où sont les toilettes?"
Note that bathroom is written as a plural word. It is also important to remember not to use "la salle de bain," as this is a shower.
Which of these is the meaning of the popular phrase "Où veux-tu dîner"?
When speaking to loved ones, this phrase is ideal to ask about dinner plans. Notice the subject/verb reversal.
Necessary for understanding someone, what does "Parlez-vous anglais?" mean?
This is often said as a formal phrase because often times it is said to strangers; using the informal way may be disrespectful.
What is "pas du tout" saying?
Pronounced as "pah dy too." Tout is a very flexible word that can mean a range of things from completely to any or all. It can also become various parts of speech.
What do you think "peux-tu m'aider" means?
This sentence is interesting because it shows the first half, with the subject after the verb and then the opposite structure in the latter part.
This phrase has to do with questioning someone. What does "Pourquoi pas?" mean?
Pourquoi can be used on its own as a question, simply to ask why; interestingly, it is made of two words: pour (for) and quoi (what). Used with "le" it means "the reason."
Having possible misheard, what do you think "Pourriez-vous répéter?" means?
The first verb in this sentence is a conjugation of pouvoir, which when literally translated means power or ability to do something.
What does the phrase "Qu'est-ce qui se passe?" mean?
This can be used as a standalone sentence, or the statement can continue on to include a subject that one wants to know the status of.
Which of these is the meaning of the popular phrase "Qu’est-ce que vous recommandez?"
Yet another phrase which can be used while out and about at restaurants or even while out shopping.
A question concerning one's plans, what does "Que voulez-vous faire" mean?
While voulez-vous is a commonly known French phrase thanks to a popular song, some people may not know it is used for unfamiliar persons.
Which of the options best explains the question "Qui est-ce?"
Pronounce this as " key ess," this can be used when answering the door or inquiring about the identity of someone. There is also a board game with this title.
Do you know what "Quoi de neuf?" is asking?
Another alternative (and informal use) is to say "what's up" or "how's it going." This can also be used sarcastically in a conversation like in English speech.
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