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If a phrase or question is formal, you should use it with people you do not know, people who are older, and those to whom you want to show respect. In addition, the formal you is also used as the plural you. If a phrase or question is informal, you should use it with family members, close friends, and children.


Hello / Good day / Good morning Bonjour

Good evening Bonsoir

Good night (only said when going to bed) Bonne nuit

Hi / Bye Salut

Goodbye Au revoir

Please (formal) S'il vous plaît

Please (informal) S'il te plaît

Thank you (very much) Merci (beaucoup)

You're welcome. (formal) (also Go ahead/After you) Je vous en prie.

You're welcome. (informal) De rien

Welcome (also You're welcome in Quebec) Bienvenu(e)

See you in a little while A tout à l'heure

See you later A plus tard

See you soon A bientôt

See you tomorrow A demain

Yes Oui

No Non

I'm sorry Je suis désolé(e)

Excuse me! (pushing through a crowd) / Sorry! (stepped on someone's foot) Pardon !

Let's go Allons-y !

How are you? (formal) Comment allez-vous ?

How are you? (informal) Ça va ?

Very good Très bien

I'm fine / I'm well Je vais bien

I'm fine (in response to Ça va ?) Ça va.

Bad Mal

Not bad Pas mal

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What's your name? (formal) Comment vous appelez-vous ?

What's your name? (informal) Tu t'appelles comment ?

My name is... Je m'appelle...

Nice to meet you Enchanté(e)

Mister / Sir Monsieur

Mrs. / Madam / Ma'am Madame

Miss Mademoiselle

Ladies and gentlemen Mesdames et messieurs

Where are you from? (formal) Vous êtes d'où ?

Where are you from? (informal) Tu es d'où ?

I am from... Je suis de...

Where do you live? (formal) Où habitez-vous ?

Where do you live? (informal) Tu habites où ?

I live in... J'habite à...

How old are you? (formal) Quel âge avez-vous ?

How old are you? (informal) Tu as quel âge ?

I am ____ years old. J'ai ____ ans.

Do you speak French? (formal) Parlez-vous français ?

Do you speak English? (informal) Tu parles anglais ?

I don't speak Spanish. Je ne parle pas espagnol.

Do you understand? (formal) Comprenez-vous?

Do you understand? (informal) Tu comprends?

I don't understand Je ne comprends pas

I don't know Je ne sais pas

Can you help me? (formal) Pouvez-vous m'aider ?

Can you help me? (informal) Tu peux m'aider ?

Of course Bien sûr.

I beg your pardon? / I'm sorry? Comment?

Where is... ? Où est ... ?

Where are... ? Où sont ... ?

Here is / are Voici

There it is. Voilà

There is / are Il y a

There was / were Il y avait

How do you say ________ in French? Comment dit-on _____ en français ?

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What is that? Qu'est-ce que c'est que ça ?

What's the matter? Qu'est-ce qu'il y a ?

It doesn't matter. Ça ne fait rien.

What's happening? Qu'est-ce qui se passe ?

I have no idea Je n'ai aucune idée.

I'm tired Je suis fatigué(e)

I'm sick Je suis malade

I'm hungry J'ai faim

I'm thirsty J'ai soif

I'm hot J'ai chaud

I'm cold J'ai froid

I'm bored Je m'ennuie

It's all the same to me. Ça m'est égal.

I don't care. (informal) Je m'en fiche.

Don't worry! (formal) Ne vous en faites pas.

Don't worry! (informal) Ne t'en fais pas.

It's alright. Ce n'est pas grave.

I forgot. J'ai oublié.

I have to go. Je dois y aller.

Bless you! (formal; when someone sneezes) A vos souhaits !

Bless you! (informal; when someone sneezes) A tes souhaits !

Congratulations! Félicitations !

Good luck! Bonne chance !

It's your turn! (formal) C'est à vous !

It's your turn! (informal) C'est à toi !

Be quiet! (formal) Taisez-vous !

Be quiet! (informal) Tais-toi !

I love you. (formal & plural) Je vous aime

I love you. (informal) Je t'aime

Here (formal; when handing something over) Tenez

Here (informal; when handing something over) Tiens

What's new? Quoi de neuf ?

Not much. Pas grand-chose.

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