French Phrases: How to Sound Like a Local

French is such a beautiful language that it would be a crime not to learn some of the common phrases. The locals are famous for not speaking any other language and not being able to help a poor tourist out in a confusing situation. If you are planning to have a trip to France in the nearest future, here’s the collection of some helpful French phrases you can use to impress the locals.

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Basic French Phrases

Bonjour. – Hello/Good morning/afternoon.
Bonsoir. – Hello/Good evening.
Merci. – Thank you.
S’il vous plaît. – Please.
Il n’y a pas de quoi. – You’re welcome.
Au revoir. – Goodbye.
Excusez-moi. – Excuse me.

Advanced French Phrases

Faire gaffe! – Be careful!
Ca envoie du pâté! – It’s perfect!
C’est trop bien! – It’s so cool!
Sans déc! – No way!
Laisse tomber. – Let it go/Forget about it.
Avoir le seum. – I’m pissed.

Phrases to Use When You Are Angry with Someone

Occupetoi de tes oignons. – Mind your own business.
Va te faire cuire un œuf. – Get lost.
Raconter des salades. – To tell lies.
Ne pas avoir inventé le fil à couper le beurre. – Suggesting someone is dumb.
La moutarde me monte au nez. – To get annoyed.

Phrases to Use When You Travel

Je cherche le bus/train/métro. Où est l’arrêt le plus près? – I am looking for the bus/train/subway. Where is the nearest stop?
Je voudrais acheter un billet aller simple/allerretour pour Paris. – I would like to purchase a one-way ticket/a round-trip ticket.
À quelle heure est-ce qu’il faut régler la note? – What is the check-out time?
L’addition, s’il vous plaît. – The bill, please.

To be continued…

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