Are you perhaps someone who finds speaking your new language a challenge of note? Perhaps you are learning to speak French and would so love to hear yourself talk to others or respond to French speaking people in French. Keep your dream alive because there is a refreshing new world waiting to displace that fear, ready to support your every drop of conversational courage. Bien sûr, il faut avoir du courage! (Of course, you have to be brave). Just imagine that the speaking part of your French journey is just one spec in the ocean of courageous communication, away from you. One spec … can you truly resist?
Let’s keep it ultra simple with easy French phrases
I will be sharing with you some short, easy to memorise words and common phrases used in everyday French conversation. The idea is that you start using them immediately, even if only one by one as opportunities present themselves. I am not going to shower you with various hello’s and goodbye’s which you already know only too well. These are those common things you so wish you could say and perhaps need to become closely acquainted with.
Quoi de neuf?
Quoi de neuf? (what’s new?) This could be answered with pas grand chose (nothing much) or rien de spécial (nothing special).
À plus tard
This literally means until later and actually means, see you later – à plus tard. Plus = more and tard = late.
Je suis perdu
You may get yourself lost somewhere in Europe or elsewhere and knowing how to say I am lost, could get you right back on track. So you will say, je suis perdu – easy right!
Je voudrais du café
After being a little lost and eventually finding your way, you may need a little pick-me-up. So, you could order your coffee in French en français by saying, je voudrais du café, s’il vous plaît (I would like some coffee please).
In response to someone thanking you for something, you could say, de rien (you’re welcome). The literal meaning is, it’s nothing and is used informally. Je vous en prie (you’re welcome) is more formal.
Ça fait longtemps
You can use this when you have not seen somebody for quite some time. The equivalent of ça fait longtemps in English is long time no see. In a more literal sense, the French words mean, it’s been a long time.
Laisse-moi tranquille / Laissez-moi tranquille
Should it happen that someone is bothering you or that you want to be left in peace, these French words should do the trick: laisse/laissez-moi tranquille! simply means leave me alone!
Je ne comprends pas
This could come in very useful in different situations. Je ne comprends pas means, I don’t understand. To sound even more French and show how in touch you are with spoken French, you would say, je comprends pas and leave out the ‘ne’.
Je ne sais pas
This little phrase could end up being your best ever lifesaver (bouée (f) de sauvetage). You may well know that je ne sais pas means I don’t know. Here too you could bring on your newly learned truc (trick/tip) and simply say je sais pas. This is not to be said like a nerd, d’accord ..? Very cool and really tuned in! Vraiment (truly!)
Oh….. so, how could we possibly respond to all that? I guess the expression “holy smoke” could work …………. zut alors!!!