100+ Useful Conversational Words & Phrases in French

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
HeySalut
Hello/Good dayBonjour
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
PleaseS’il vous plaît (form.)
Thank you so muchMerci beaucoup
Excuse meExcusez-moi (form.)
I’m sorryJe 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 dayTous les jours
SometimesParfois
NowMaintenant
LaterPlus tard
PlentyAssez

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

English French
Don’t worry!Ne vous inquiétez pas ! (form.)
ExcellentExcellent
ImpossibleImpossible
LookRegardez (form.)
How horrible!Quelle horreur !
No problem!Pas de problème !
That’s good!C’est bien !
Wow!Waouh ! Wow ! 
ExactlyExactement
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.)
GoodbyeAu 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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Are you learning French? What are some phrases that you’ve found useful in your target language? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!


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Published on: March 13, 2017

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