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French: Phrases > Greeting & introducing yourself

The sentences presented in this section will help you with the most basic expressions in French. It will certainly not be enough in order to start a conversation in French, however being able to say a few words in the country's native language will evoke sympathy and understanding.

Not everyone speaks very good English in France. Therefore it is certainly recommended that you buy a professional language guide or language course before you travel.

English
French
Good morning. Bonjour.
Good afternoon. Bonjour.
Good evening. Bonsoir.
Good night. bonne nuit.
Hello! Bonjour!
Hi! Salut!
How are you doing? Comment ça va?
(Very) Good. (Très) bien.
Excellent! Excellent.
Yes. Oui.
No. Non.
May I introduce myself to you? Est-ce que je peux me présenter à vous ?
My name is … Mon nom est...
I am … Je suis ...
I am called … Je m'appelle ...
"I come from …
… The Netherlands.
… America.
… England.
… France.
… Spain.
… China.
… Japan."
"Je viens ...
... des Pays-Bas.
... des Etats-Unis.
... d'Angleterre.
... de la France.
... d'Espagne.
... de la Chine.
... du Japon."
Where do you come from? D'où venez-vous ?
Thank you. Merci.
Please / (Here you are). s'il-vous-plaît.
You're welcome. De rien.
May I introduce you to …? Est-ce que je peux vous présenter… ?
Nice to meet you / (enchanted). Enchanté.
Goodbye. Au revoir.
Bye! Salut!
"Until (See you) …
… tomorrow.
… the day after tomorrow.
… this afternoon.
… this evening.
… next week.
… in an hour.
… later."
"À ...
... demain.
... lendemain.
... aujourd'hui.
... ce soir.
... la semaine prochaine.
... dans une heure.
... bientôt."
It's nice weather. Il fait beau.
It's raining. Il pleut.
It's cloudy. Il est nuageux.
It's windy. Il est venteux.
I did not understand you. Je ne vous ai pas compris.
Could you repeat that again, please. Pourriez vous répéter cela encore, s'il-vous-plaît.
"Do you speak …
… English?
… German?
… French?
… Spanish?"
"Parlez vous ...
... anglais?
... allemand?
... français?
... espagnol?"
Can you speak more clearly, please? Pouvez vous parler plus clair, s'il-vous-plaît?
Where is …? / Where are …? Où est ...? Où sont ...?
Can you tell me …? Pouvez-vous me dire… ?
Can you show me …? Pouvez-vous me montrer… ?
Can you help me, please? Pouvez vous m'aider, s'il-vous-plaît
Hurry! Vite!

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