100+ Useful Conversational Words & Phrases in French Language Resources

Are you thinking about learning French but find yourself struggling to find resources that help you start speaking?

When I started out, I certainly did.

Many of the tools that I found when I started learning French were grammar-heavy textbook style resources and they didn’t offer me a lot in terms of day-to-day conversation. Rather than learning how to say “what did you do last weekend?” I had memorized a bunch of rules involving the genders of words or how to use tenses and I was no where near conversing with my fellow French speakers.

So I decided to put something together on my own so that I could feel more confident engaging in language exchanges.

And today, I’d like to share it with you.

In this post you’ll find a short selection of the 100+ conversational phrases and words in French I have available as part of a downloadable PDF that you can get by entering your email in the box below.

Happy French language learning!

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Greetings

English

French

Hey Salut
Hello/Good day Bonjour
How are you? Comment ça va ? / Comment allez-vous ? (form.)
I’m good, thanks. Ça va bien, merci.
Long time no see. Ça fait longtemps.

Basic & Polite Phrases

English

French

Please S’il vous plaît (form.)
Thank you so much Merci beaucoup
Excuse me Excusez-moi (form.)
I’m sorry Je suis desolé(e).
Thank you for your time. Merci pour votre temps. (form.)

Get the Conversation Rolling

English

French

What’s new? Quoi de neuf ?
What are you plans this weekend? Quels sont vos plans ce week-end ? (form.)
How is your family? Comment ça va votre famille ? (form.)
I heard that… J’ai entendu que …
Tell me what you think. Dites-moi ce que vous pensez. (form.)

Getting a Bit of Clarification

English

French

How do you say that in French? Comment dire ça en français ?
I don’t understand. Je ne comprends pas ? 
What are you talking about? Vous parlez de quoi ? (form.)
I don’t know. Je ne sais pas.
Can you please write that down? Est-ce que vous pouvez l’écrire, s’il vous plaît ? (form.)

Words About Time

English

French

Every day Tous les jours
Sometimes Parfois
Now Maintenant
Later Plus tard
Plenty Assez

Exclamations & Transition Words to Take Your Speaking to the Next Level

English

French

Don’t worry! Ne vous inquiétez pas ! (form.)
Excellent Excellent
Impossible Impossible
Look Regardez (form.)
How horrible! Quelle horreur !
No problem! Pas de problème !
That’s good! C’est bien !
Wow! Waouh ! Wow ! 
Exactly Exactement
That’s a good question. C’est une bonne question.

Conversation Closers

English

French

I enjoyed speaking with you. J’ai beaucoup aimé parler avec vous. (form.)
I must go. Je dois y aller.
Keep in touch! Restez en contact ! (form.)
Goodbye Au revoir
I’ll be right back. Je reviens tout de suite !

*Please note that most of the above examples use formal language, assuming that you’re getting to know the person that you’re speaking with. I have included both the formal and familiar forms of the above phrases in the download PDF for your reference.

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