Can You Translate These Simple French Phrases?

Becky Stigall

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French is the language of love. But many new learners don't love the language. Here are 35 simple French phrases that everyone should know. Can you translate them all?


"Merci" means "thank you." Say "merci beaucoup" for "thank you very much."

De rein

"De rein" means "you're welcome." The literal translation is "it is nothing."


"Excusez-moi" means "excuse me." This one was kind of an easy one.

Je ne comprends pas.

"Je ne comprends pas" means "I don't understand." Think of "comprends" as compared to the English word "comprehend."

Je ne parle pas français.

"Je ne parle pas français" means "I don't speak French." This is a handy phrase to know if you are traveling to France.

Je ne parle pas très bien français.

"Je ne parle pas très bien français" means "I don't speak French very well." We hope you learn at least a few phrases if you're going to be traveling to France.

Parlez-vous anglais?

"Parlez-vous anglais?" means "Do you speak English?" This is a good phrase to know if you don't understand French.

Pourriez-vous répéter, s’il vous plaît?

"Pourriez-vous répéter, s’il vous plaît?" means "Could you repeat that, please?" It's ok to ask this if you don't understand.

Comment vous appelez-vous?

"Comment vous appelez-vous?" means "What is your name?" This is a basic must-know phrase.

Comment allez-vous?

"Comment allez-vous?" means "How are you?" Vous means you.

Pouvez-vous m’aider, s’il vous plaît?

"Pouvez-vous m’aider, s’il vous plaît?" means "Can you help me, please?" Don't leave your hotel without this phrase.

Où sont les toilettes?

"Où sont les toilettes?" means "Where is the bathroom?" You might also say "Où sont le WC?"

Avez-vous faim?

"Avez-vous faim?" means "Are you hungry?" Faim means hungry.

C'est quoi?

"C'est quoi?" means "What is it?" "C'est" means "it is."

C'est tout?

"C'est tout?" means "Is that all?" It would probably be rude to say this after dinner.

C’est combien?

"C’est combien?" means "How much is it?" This is a good phrase to know if you are traveling in France.

Viens avec moi!

"Viens avec moi" means "Come with me." "Avec" means "with."

Qui est-ce?

"Qui est-ce?" means "Who is it?" You'll need to know this if someone knocks on your hotel door.

Qu’est-ce que vous recommandez?

"Qu’est-ce que vous recommandez?" means "What do you recommend?" This is a more involved phrase, but good to know.

Pas pour moi.

"Pas pour moi" means "Not for me." This phrase is literally translated.

Pourquoi pas?

"Pourquoi pas?" means "Why not?" You can also say merely "Pourquoi?"


"Va-t'en" means "Go away." This is a must-know phrase if you are traveling.

Je ne sais pas

"Je ne sais pas" means "I don't know." "Je" means "I."

Ca n'est pas grave.

"Ca n'est pas grave" means "no problem." Literally translated, it means it is not serious.

Il est prêt.

"Il est prêt" means "He is ready." "Elle est prêt" means "She is ready."

Je suis arrivé.

"Je suis arrivé" means "I have arrived." This is a good phrase to know if you're traveling to France.

Je suis perdu.

"Je suis perdu" means "I am lost." This is a must-know phrase when traveling.

Je vais être en retard.

"Je vais être en retard" means "I will be late." Remember, "je" means "I."

Attendez-nous là.

"Attendez-nous là" means "Wait for us there." You might need this phrase.

Où pouvons-nous manger?

"Où pouvons-nous manger?" means "Where can we eat?" "Manger" means "eat."

Qu'est-ce qui se passe?

"Qu'est-ce qui se passe?" means "What is happening?" You should know this phrase if you are traveling.

Comment vous appelez-vous?

"Comment vous appelez-vous?" means "What is your name?" You'll need to know this phrase in case you are asked. It's ok to respond with the English pronunciation of your name.


"Enchanté" means "pleased to meet you." Literally translated, it means "enchanted."

J’habite à…

"J’habite à…" means "I live in..." If you live in the U.S., say, "J’habite aux États-Unis."

Quel temps fait-il?

"Quel temps fait-il?" means "How is the weather?" "Temps" means "weather."

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