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General - Essentials

Can you help me, please?
Vous pouvez m'aider, s'il vous plaît ?
Asking for help
Do you speak English?
Parlez-vous anglais ?
Asking if a person speaks English
Do you speak _[language]_?
Parlez-vous _[langue]_ ?
Asking if a person speaks a certain language
I don't speak_[language]_.
Je ne parle pas _[langue]_.
Clarifying that you don't speak a certain language
I don't understand.
Je ne comprends pas.
Explaining that you don't understand

General - Conversation

Bonjour !
Standard greeting
Salut !
Informal greeting
Good Morning!
Bonjour !
Greeting used in the morning
Good Evening!
Bonsoir !
Greeting used in the evening
Good Night!
Bonne nuit !
Greeting used when leaving in the evening/night or before going to bed
How are you?
Comment vas-tu ?
Polite small talk enquiring about the other person's well-being
Good, thank you.
Bien, merci.
Polite reply to 'How are you?'
What’s your name?
Comment t'appelles-tu ?
Asking the other person's name
My name is ___.
Je m'appelle ___.
Telling someone your name
Where are you from?
D'où viens-tu ?
Asking about someone's origin
I am from___.
Je viens de ___.
Answering about your origin
How old are you?
Quel âge as-tu ?
Asking about someone's age
I am___years old.
J'ai __ ans.
Answering about your age
Positive reply
Negative reply
S'il vous plaît
Filler word to add polite touch
Here you go!
Et voilà !
Used when giving something to someone
Thank you.
Thanking someone
Thank you very much.
Merci beaucoup.
Thanking someone very warmly
You're welcome.
Je t'en prie.
Politely replying to a 'thank you'
I am sorry.
Je suis désolé(e).
Apologizing for something
Excuse me.
Getting the attention of someone
It's OK.
Cela ne fait rien.
Replying to an apology if you accept it
No problem.
Il n'y a pas de mal.
Replying to an apology if you accept it
Watch out!
Attention !
Making someone aware of a danger
I am hungry.
J'ai faim.
Used when feeling hungry
I am thirsty.
J'ai soif.
Used when feeling thirsty
I am tired.
Je suis fatigué(e).
Used when feeling tired
I am sick.
Je suis malade.
Used when feeling sick
I don't know.
Je ne sais pas.
You don't know the answer to a question
It was nice meeting you.
Ravi(e) de vous avoir rencontré.
Polite good-bye phrase after first meeting
Au revoir !
Saying farewell

General - Complaints

I would like to make a complaint.
Je voudrais faire une réclamation.
Polite way of starting your complaint
Who is in charge here?
Qui est le responsable ici ?
Finding out who is responsible
This is totally unacceptable!
C'est absolument inacceptable !
Strongly expressing your dissatisfaction
I want my money back!
J'exige un remboursement !
Asking for a refund
We have been waiting for over an hour.
Cela fait plus d'une heure que nous attendons.
Complaining about long waiting times

General - Swearing

This food tastes like crap!
La nourriture est infecte !
Rude way of showing displeasure with your food
This drink tastes like piss!
Cette boisson est imbuvable !
Rude way of showing displeasure with a drink
This place is a shithole!
C'est pourri ici !
Rude way of showing displeasure with an establishment
This car is a wreck!
Cette voiture est une épave !
Rude way of showing displeasure with a car
The service sucks!
Le service est inadmissible !
Rude way of showing displeasure with the service
This is a total rip-off!
C'est une grosse arnaque !
Rudely complaining about a high price
That is bullshit!
C'est des conneries !
Rude way of showing disbelief in something someone said
You are a stupid moron!
Crétin fini !
Insulting a person by criticizing his/her intelligence
You don't know shit!
Vous ne savez pas de quoi de vous parlez !
Insulting a person by criticizing his/her knowledge
Piss off!
Allez vous faire voir !
Rudely telling a person to leave immediately
Let's settle this outside!
On va régler ça dehors !
Asking a person to fight outside of an establishment