Can You Translate These Common French Sayings to English?

By: Kennita Leon
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5 min
What does "S'il vous plait" mean?
I am looking for a book.
I would like a glass.
Please
S'il vous plait is a formal way of saying "please" when asking a question or even making a request for assistance in some way. The "vous" is a pronoun which means "you," and it is a respectful way of addressing strangers or speaking in a professional setting.
That's terrible!

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What is being said when you see the words "C'est quoi?"
What is it?
C'est quoi is a French phrase used to mean "what is it?" or "what's that?" Quoi is used in questions when referring to indirect objects and it is used after a preposition. C'est quoi, ce truc?- meaning "What is that thing?"- is another example of how "quoi" is used.
Where is the mall?
What time is check out?
Is it far?

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Can you correctly translate "Je ne sais pas" for us?
I would like some water.
I don't know.
Je ne sais pas literally translates to "I know not what" in French. However, this popular phrase is used to mean "I don't know" when referring to something that someone either cannot explain or when someone does not have the answer to a question that has been asked.
It's too expensive.
I would like to buy a ticket.

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What does the French term "Comment t'appeles-tu" mean?
Where are we?
Can you help me?
Are you up for it?
What's your name?
"Comment t'appelles- tu?" and "comment tu t'appelles" is the French way of asking someone what their name is. The "tu" is used when you are speaking to someone in your age group. For older persons or more formal settings, it is better to use "vous" in the sentence, "Comment vous appelez-vous?"

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What is being said in the following line? "Comment cas-tu?"
How are you?
Comment cas-tu is the informal way of saying "comment allez-vous?" which both mean, "How are you?" "Vas" is a conjugated form of the verb "aller" which means "to go" In response, someone may say "Je vais bien. Et toi?". This means "I am fine and you?"
At what time do you close?
Can I pay with a debit card?
What's your schedule like?

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Which of the following options means the same thing as "Je ne comprend pas"?
I don't understand.
Je ne comprends pas means "I don't understand," when referring to a concept or idea that is hard to grasp. "Comprends" is the conjugated form of the word comprendre, which means "to understand."
I want to cancel this.
That's terrible!
I'm looking for the beach.

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What does "C'est tres gentil" mean?
It's to the right.
It's very nice.
C'est tres gentil is used to talk about something that is very nice or kind, whether it be an act or gesture or something that was said. "Tres" means very in English and "gentil" means "nice."
I would like to buy a ticket.
I would like a glass.

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Can you correctly translate "Je suis desole" for us?
It's too expensive.
I want to cancel this.
The menu, please.
I'm sorry.
Je suis desole is a way of apologizing by saying "I'm sorry." Desole derives from the word "désoler" and "suis" is a conjugated form of the être verb.

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Do you know the meaning of "pourquoi pas?"
What time is check out?
Where is the mall?
Why not?
Pourquoi pas is a simple way of asking, "Why not?" in French. It can be used in many different social situations, such as when simply making a suggestion or questioning someone's choice to perform one action. Example: Alors pourquoi pas déjeuner avec moi? – So why not have lunch with me?
Is it far?

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What is being said in the following line? "Ou sont les toilettes?"
At what time do you close?
Where are we?
Where is the bathroom?
Ou sont les toilettes is a way of asking, "Where is the bathroom?" The literal French translation of this question would actually be "Où est la salle de bains," but this would be referring to where the shower or bath is and the toilet may be in a separate room. Instead, "Ou sont les toilettes" should be used.
What does that mean?

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What does "Je ne parle pas francais" mean?
It's too expensive.
That's terrible!
I don't speak French.
Je ne parle pas francais means "I don't speak French" and is a way of letting someone know that you are not familiar with this particular language. The word parle comes from the verb "parler," which means to talk.
I am looking for a book.

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What is being said when you see the words "C'est tout?"
What's your schedule like?
Is that all?
C'est tout is a question in French that means "Is that all?" in English. Tout, meaning "all," is pronounced as "too" in French. Also, "le tout" is a masculine noun which means "the whole/entire thing."
Are you up for it?
I would like some water.

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What does the French term "Qui est-ce" mean?
Who is it?
Qui-est-ce means "Who is it?" Qui is used to talk about other people and it means who or whom. When whom is being used, "est-ce que" can be added to the sentence. For example, "Qui aimez-vous" means, "Whom do you love?"
Can I pay with a debit card?
Can you help me?
Did you know this?

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Which of the following options means the same thing as "Pouvez-vous repeter, s'il vous plait"?
Is it far?
What time is check out?
Where is the mall?
Could you repeat that, please?
"Pouvez-vous répéter, s'il vous plait" is used to ask someone to repeat a question or statement that they have made in one of two situations: when the listener did not hear the statement properly or did not understand what was said.

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What is being said in the following line? "Quoi de neuf."
Are you up for it?
At what time do you close?
What's new?
"Quoi de neuf" means "What's new?" or "What's up?" It is used when speaking to someone and making general inquiries about their life. It's another way of asking, "How are you?" "Quoi de neuf chez toi" is another similar expression which means "What's new with you?"
What does that mean?

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What does "Ca n'est pas grave" mean?
That's terrible!
The menu, please
No problem
"Ca n'est pas grave" directly translates to "It's not serious." However, in French, it is a way of reassuring someone by saying "No problem/ it doesn't matter/ it's OK." Another similar way of saying this is "pas de problème," which means "no problem."
I would like a glass.

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What is being said when you see the words "Parles-vous anglais?"
What's your schedule like?
Where are we?
Do you speak English?
"Parles-vous anglais" is a formal way of asking someone if they speak the English language. This question may be used in a formal setting or when addressing a stranger. This question would come in handy for tourists visiting a French territory.
Can I pay with a debit card?

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Can you correctly translate "Je t'aime" for us?
Keep me updated.
I love you.
"Je t'aime" is a term of endearment or a way of expressing affection toward someone by saying "I love you." Aime comes from the word "aimer" which means "to like/to love." A suitable response may be "Moi aussi, Je t'aime" which means "I love you too."
I would like to buy a ticket.
Please, excuse me.

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Do you know the meaning of "Nous parlerons plus tard"?
I'm looking for the beach.
It's to the right.
I am looking for a book.
We will speak later.
"Nous parlerons plus tard means, "We will speak later" and is used to indicate to someone that a conversation or topic will be discussed at a later date or time. Parlerons is a conjugated form of the word "parler" which means "to talk."

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What is being said in the following line? "Combien ça coûte?"
What time is check out?
At what time do you close?
How much is it?
"Combien ca coûte?" is one way of questioning the price of an item or a service that is being provided. It means "How much is it?" and in this question, "combien" means "how much" and "coûte" refers to the cost.
Where is the mall?

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Which of the following options means the same thing as "Je suis perdu"?
That's terrible!
I am lost.
"Je suis perdu" is an important expression that anyone traveling to or living in a French-speaking territory, should learn. It means "I am lost" and indicates to the listener that you cannot find your way to or from a particular location and you are in need of assistance. Perdu derives from perdre which means "to lose."
The menu, please.
I would like a glass.

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What does "L'addition, s'il vous plaît" mean?
The bill, please.
When dining in a restaurant or another such establishment, there will be a time when you will need to request your bill. This can be done by saying "L'addition, s'il vous plait" which is a formal concise and polite way of doing so.
I would like some water.
It's too expensive.
I want to cancel this.

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What is being said when you see the words "C'est grave?"
Is it serious?
"C'est grave?" with a question mark at the end, is a means of asking someone if a situation is of a serious nature. A suitable response to this may be "Ce n'est pas grave" which means that it is not, in fact, serious at all.
Can I pay with a debit card?
Is it far?
Where are we?

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Do you know the meaning of "Avez-vous faim?"
Are you up for it?
Can you help me?
What's your schedule like?
Are you hungry?
"Avez-vous faim?" is a way of asking someone if they are hungry at the moment. Avez is a conjugated form of the word "avoir" in the present tense while faim means hunger. A response to this may be "J'ai faim" -- "I am hungry."

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What does the French term "merci beaucoup" mean?
I would like to buy a ticket.
Thanks a lot.
"Merci beaucoup" is a popular phrase that means "thanks a lot" or "thank you very much" and is used to express appreciation for a gesture or an item received. For example, "J 'ai bien aimé le cadeau. Merci beaucoup!" means "I really liked the present. Thanks a lot!"
I am looking for a book.
I can't eat meat.

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What is being said in the following line? "De rien."
That's terrible!
You're welcome.
"De rien" directly translates to "of nothing," but it is used to mean "You're welcome/ it was nothing." It can be said in response to "merci" which means "thanks."
I would like a glass.
I want to cancel this.

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Can you correctly translate "Comment ca s'ecrit" for us?
Can I pay with a debit card?
At what time do you close?
How do you spell that?
"Comment ca s' ecrit?" is a way of seeking clarification by asking someone how exactly a particular word is spelled or written out. "Ecrit" derives from "écrire" which means "to write."
Where is the mall?

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What does "Je vais etre en retard-" mean?
I'll be late.
"Je vais etre en retard," meaning "I will be late/I am going to be late" is a polite means of letting someone know that you will be late for an event or late in meeting them. In this sentence, both avoir and etre are used, where "vais" is an avoir verb.
It's to the right.
I would like some water.
I'm looking for the beach.

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Which of the following options means the same thing as "Bon apres-midi"?
The menu, please.
Good afternoon.
"Bon apres-midi" is a greeting in French which means "good afternoon." This greeting may be followed by other words or include the title of the person who is being addressed for example, "Bon apres-midi monsieur Charles" which means "Good afternoon Mr. Charles."
It's too expensive.
Keep me updated.

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Do you know the meaning of "felicitations"?
Please, excuse me.
I am looking for a book.
Congratulations!
"Felicitations" is a way of expressing congratulations to someone on a special occasion, whether it be on their birthday or as an acknowledgment of an achievement in their life. It is often used in its plural form with an "s" at the end.
That's terrible!

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What is being said when you see the words "Je vais bien"?
I'm looking for the beach.
I would like to buy a ticket.
I would like a glass.
I'm fine.
"Je vais bien" means "I am fine" and can be said in response to a question such as "Comment vas-tu?" which means "How are you?" Expressions such as "Ca va/ Super" can be said in response, to mean "It is going well/ great."

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What does "Enchante de vous recontrer" mean?
Where are we?
It's to the right.
I want to cancel this.
Nice to meet you.
"Enchante de vous recontrer" means "nice to meet you," and it is said when you are meeting someone for the first time and you wish to express your pleasure in meeting them. "Recontrer" means "to meet."

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What is being said in the following line? "D'ou venez-vous?"
Is it far?
What time is check out?
Where is the mall?
Where are you from?
When meeting someone, particularly for the first time, you may be curious as to where they are from. You can ask this question politely by saying "D' ou venez-vous?" In this question, "venez" derives from "venir" and is used in the present tense.

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Can you correctly translate "Viens avec moi" for us?
Come with me.
"Viens avec moi" means "come with me" and is said to someone who may have just arrived at or requested assistance to a particular location. Once again, viens is the conjugated form of "venir."
I would like some water.
The menu, please.
It's too expensive.

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What does the French term "Que veut dire ca" mean?
What's your schedule like?
Can I pay with a debit card?
What does that mean?
"Que veut dire ca?" is a way of asking "What does that mean?" This can be in reference to a number of things, such as a statement that was made or something that someone has seen and is curious about.
At what time do you close?

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