Now let’s learn some basic French conversation. This lesson will teach you how to introduce yourself, as well as simple words and phrases like yes, no, excuse me and I don’t understand. Learn these and you’ll be ready to conduct short conversations in French.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning French“.

Basic French words & phrases: conversations

Video: How to Introduce Yourself in French

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Basic conversation

please / you’re welcomes'il vous plaît
you’re very welcomevous êtes le bienvenue
thank youmerci
thank you very muchmerci beaucoup
Excuse me!Excusez-moi!


I understand.Je comprends.
I don’t understandJe ne comprends pas.
Hello (on the phone) / I beg your pardon?Bonjour
What does that mean?Qu'est-ce que cela veut dire?
I don’t know.Je ne sais pas.
I don’t speak Polish.Je ne parle pas polonais.
I speak a little Polish.Je parle un peu le polonais.
Do you speak english? (informal)Parlez-vous anglais?
Do you speak english? (formal)Parlez-vous anglais?
Yes, I do speak english.Oui, je parle anglais.
No, I don’t speak english.Non, je ne parle pas l'anglais.

Making acquaintances

Please talk more slowly!Se il vous plaît parler plus lentement!
Nice to meet you!Ravi de vous rencontrer!
How are you?Comment ça va?
Good, thank youBon, je vous remercie.
I’m well, thanks!Je vais bien, merci!
Not bad, thanks!Pas mal, merci!
very badtrès mauvais
What’s your name?Quel est votre nom?
My name is [...].Mon nom est […].
What’s your first name?Quel est votre prénom?
My first name is [...]Mon prénom est […].
How old are you?Quel âge avez-vous?
I’m [...] years old.J'ai […] ans.
What are your hobbies?Quels sont vos hobbies?
What do you like doing?Qu'aimez-vous faire?
What are you doing (at the moment)?Que faites-vous (pour le moment)?
Where do you live?Où habitez-vous?
I live in [...]Je vis à […].
Je vis au […].

I’m from EnglandJe suis de l'Angleterre.
I’m EnglishJe suis Anglais.
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