English | Phrases - Travel | General

General - Essentials

Vous pouvez m'aider, s'il vous plaît ?
Can you help me, please?
Asking for help
Parlez-vous anglais ?
Do you speak English?
Asking if a person speaks English
Parlez-vous _[langue]_ ?
Do you speak _[language]_?
Asking if a person speaks a certain language
Je ne parle pas _[langue]_.
I don't speak_[language]_.
Clarifying that you don't speak a certain language
Je ne comprends pas.
I don't understand.
Explaining that you don't understand

General - Conversation

Bonjour !
Standard greeting
Salut !
Informal greeting
Bonjour !
Good Morning!
Greeting used in the morning
Bonsoir !
Good Evening!
Greeting used in the evening
Bonne nuit !
Good Night!
Greeting used when leaving in the evening/night or before going to bed
Comment vas-tu ?
How are you?
Polite small talk enquiring about the other person's well-being
Bien, merci.
Good, thank you.
Polite reply to 'How are you?'
Comment t'appelles-tu ?
What’s your name?
Asking the other person's name
Je m'appelle ___.
My name is ___.
Telling someone your name
D'où viens-tu ?
Where are you from?
Asking about someone's origin
Je viens de ___.
I am from___.
Answering about your origin
Quel âge as-tu ?
How old are you?
Asking about someone's age
J'ai __ ans.
I am___years old.
Answering about your age
Positive reply
Negative reply
S'il vous plaît
Filler word to add polite touch
Et voilà !
Here you go!
Used when giving something to someone
Thank you.
Thanking someone
Merci beaucoup.
Thank you very much.
Thanking someone very warmly
Je t'en prie.
You're welcome.
Politely replying to a 'thank you'
Je suis désolé(e).
I am sorry.
Apologizing for something
Excuse me.
Getting the attention of someone
Cela ne fait rien.
It's OK.
Replying to an apology if you accept it
Il n'y a pas de mal.
No problem.
Replying to an apology if you accept it
Attention !
Watch out!
Making someone aware of a danger
J'ai faim.
I am hungry.
Used when feeling hungry
J'ai soif.
I am thirsty.
Used when feeling thirsty
Je suis fatigué(e).
I am tired.
Used when feeling tired
Je suis malade.
I am sick.
Used when feeling sick
Je ne sais pas.
I don't know.
You don't know the answer to a question
Ravi(e) de vous avoir rencontré.
It was nice meeting you.
Polite good-bye phrase after first meeting
Au revoir !
Saying farewell

General - Complaints

Je voudrais faire une réclamation.
I would like to make a complaint.
Polite way of starting your complaint
Qui est le responsable ici ?
Who is in charge here?
Finding out who is responsible
C'est absolument inacceptable !
This is totally unacceptable!
Strongly expressing your dissatisfaction
J'exige un remboursement !
I want my money back!
Asking for a refund
Cela fait plus d'une heure que nous attendons.
We have been waiting for over an hour.
Complaining about long waiting times

General - Swearing

La nourriture est infecte !
This food tastes like crap!
Rude way of showing displeasure with your food
Cette boisson est imbuvable !
This drink tastes like piss!
Rude way of showing displeasure with a drink
C'est pourri ici !
This place is a shithole!
Rude way of showing displeasure with an establishment
Cette voiture est une épave !
This car is a wreck!
Rude way of showing displeasure with a car
Le service est inadmissible !
The service sucks!
Rude way of showing displeasure with the service
C'est une grosse arnaque !
This is a total rip-off!
Rudely complaining about a high price
C'est des conneries !
That is bullshit!
Rude way of showing disbelief in something someone said
Crétin fini !
You are a stupid moron!
Insulting a person by criticizing his/her intelligence
Vous ne savez pas de quoi de vous parlez !
You don't know shit!
Insulting a person by criticizing his/her knowledge
Allez vous faire voir !
Piss off!
Rudely telling a person to leave immediately
On va régler ça dehors !
Let's settle this outside!
Asking a person to fight outside of an establishment