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English to French Common Words and Phrases

When learning a new language or taking a quick refresher course, it's important to learn the most basic commonly spoken words and phrases.

This page is filled with basic words to know in French, with English translations. There are English to French translations for yes and no, please and thank you, asking if a person speaks English or French, asking and giving a person's name, question words, and more.

Note: Words in bold added during the last update. You can also view this list of common words and phrases from English to French.

Yes and No:

Yes ➔ Oui

No ➔ Non

Please and Thank You:

Please ➔ S'il te plaît

Please ➔ S'il vous plaît

Thanks (a lot) ➔ Merci (beaucoup)

I thank you ➔ Je vous remercie

You're welcome ➔ De rien

Do You Speak English? / French?

Do you speak English? ➔ Est-ce que vous parlez anglais?

Do you speak French? ➔ Est-ce que vous parlez français?

I speak French a little ➔ Je parle le français un peu

I speak a little bit of French ➔ Je parle un petit peut de français

I don't understand. ➔ Je ne comprends pas.

Could you repeat that please? ➔ Pourriez-vous répéter s'il vous plait?

What is Your Name?

What's your name? ➔ Comment t'appelles-tu?

What is your name? ➔ Comment vous appelez-vous?

What do you call yourself? ➔ Tu t'appelle comment?

My name is (name) ➔ Je m'appelle (name)

I am (name) ➔ Je suis (name)

Question Words:

Qui ➔ Who

Qu'est-ce que ➔ What

Quand ➔ When

Où ➔ Where

Pourquoi ➔ Why

Comment ➔ How

Other Useful Questions and Phrases:

Excuse me. ➔ Excusez-moi.

How are you? ➔ (Comment) ça va?

I'm sorry. ➔ Je suis désolé(e).

What is it? ➔ Qu'est-ce que c'est?

Where are the toilets? ➔ Où sont les toilettes?

Where is the ATM? ➔ Où est le distributeur automatique?

*Basic words list last updated: April 7, 2018.


As many of the translations in the list above are user submitted, it's quite possible for there to be mistakes on the page. If you speak French and have a correction you'd like to share, feel free to leave a message below. Thanks again for any help you can provide.

The Fine Print

I don't speak French myself, so there could be mistakes in the translations. Most of what is here is user-submitted, but I do try to check for accuracy and make corrections as I can. Thanks for your understanding.

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