There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the culture of another country than to meet the people who really live there. Of course, when you stay with Oasis you’ll always have access to a local expert. But it can still be helpful to memorize a few phrases. At worst, you’ll learn something new. And at best, you’ll transform your trip by impressing locals and make more genuine connections. Here are six key phrases in French to get you started.
1. Bonjour. S’il vous plaît… (Hello, please…)
We’re sure you’ve heard this before, but it’s still worth including as it’s probably the phrase you’ll use the most during your trip. It’s best to treat the phrase like a whole instead of skipping to the, “S’il vous plaît.” It’s an easy way to make people feel like you’re making an effort to greet them properly.
2. Parlez-vous anglais? (Do you speak English?)
We wish we could write a blog post good enough that you’d be fluent in French by the end of it. But that’s a tall ask, so you’ll probably want to memorize this sentence too.
3. Où est…? (Where is…?)
With it’s beautiful sidestreet and gorgeous tucked away alleys, Paris is one of the greatest places to get lost. Occasionally, you may pick a location from our City Guide and need some help finding it. Just add the name of where you’re going to the end of this sentence and you’ll be on your way.
4. Combien ça coûte? (How much does it cost?)
There are few places where this phrase wouldn’t come in handy. Taxi rides, clothing shops, cafés—if you plan on spending money during your trip you’ll probably want to learn how to ask how much things cost.
5. C’est trop bien! (That’s too good!)
This is a piece of French slang that’s used to exaggerate how great something is. Try using it to compliment your next meal.
6. Ça roule (Works for me)
Here’s another phrase you won’t find in most French-English dictionaries. Mostly used in casual situations, “Ça roule” literally translates to “That’s rolling.” A better translation would be “‘that works for me” or “I’m happy with that,” which of course is the best attitude to adopt when exploring a new city.
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