People who learn a new language widen their cultural horizons, improve their memory, boost their brain, develop critical thinking and become multitaskers. If you have decided to learn French, that is a really good choice because, according to the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, this is the fifth most widely spoken language in the world. In fact, more than 300 million people speak French in the world! Also if you are thinking of studying abroad, learning French will open the possibility of applying to prestigious universities and education institutions. For all these reasons, we have written this article. Continue reading it because you are going to grasp the basics of French. You will get familiar with:

  • the most common everyday phrases in French
  • colors
  • the house
  • nature
  • and some useful tips to learn vocabulary

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The most common “everyday” phrases used in French

Greetings, introductions and saying good-bye are a way of creating a first good impression, showing politeness and being welcoming. It doesn’t matter if your pronunciation isn’t so accurate, if you put into practice all these expressions, we can guarantee, you are going to start developing your communication skills in French!

Everyday Phrases Used in French – Les expressions les plus courantes utilisées en français

GreetingsLes salutations
Good morning, how are you?Bonjour, comment vas-tu?
Hello, how are things going?
Salut, comment ça va?
Hi, how is it going?
Salut, ça va?
Fine, thank you and you?Très bien, merci, et vous même?
Okay, thanks, and you?
Bien, merci, et toi?
Great, thanks, and you?Super, merci, et toi?
Not so bad, thanks.Pas trop mal, merci.
Introducing OneselfSe présenter
Hello, my name is.../ I’m...Bonjour, je m’appelle… / je suis...
Good evening, I’m...
Bonsoir, je suis...
Hi, I’m...Salut, je suis...
Introducing Other People
Présenter d’autres personnes
Do you know each other?Est-ce que vous vous connaissez tous les deux?
Kathe, this is Tina, Tina, this is Kathe.
Kathe, voici Tina, Tina, voici Kathe.
Hello, Tina, nice to meet you.Bonjour Tina, ravie de faire votre connaissance.
How do you do.
Enchanté / Enchantée.
Come and meet Bill.
Viens faire la connaissance de Bill.
Welcome someoneSouhaiter la bienvenue
Welcome to France!
Bienvenue en France!
Come in and make yourself at home!Entrez et mettez-vous à l’aise.
Glad you could come.
Je suis content/contente que tu aies pu venir.
Saying Goodbye
Prendre congé
Well, I have to go.
Bon, il faut que je parte.
Well, I must rush.
Bon, il faut que je file...
It’s been nice talking to you.
Ça m’a fait plaisir de parler avec vous.
Goodbye / Bye
Au revoir.
I’ll see you soon/ tomorrow/ next week.
A bientôt / demain /la semaine prochaine.

Colors

Let’s learn some of them in French:

Colors – Les couleurs

a colorune couleur
Primary colorsLes couleurs primaires
yellowjaune
bluebleu
redrouge
Other colorsAutres couleurs
pinkrose
ivoryblanc cassé
whiteblanc
greenvert
mauvemauve
graygris
blacknoir
brownmarron
purpleviolet, pourpre
To describePour décrire
lightclair
darkfoncé
deepvif

The house

Now, let’s see how to talk about the house in French. First, we’ll study some vocabulary and then we’ll read an example using it.

The house – La maison

to livehabiter
move inemménager
move outdéménager
houseune maison
apartment, flatun appartement
homechez soi, foyer
entrancel’entrée
doorune porte
living roomle salon, la salle de séjour
dining roomla salle à manger
bathroomla salle de bains
toiletsles toilettes
bedroomla chambre
windowla fenêtre
kitchenla cuisine
studyle bureau
basementle sous-sol
cellarla cave
atticle grenier
laundry room, utility roomla buanderie
cloakroomle vestiaire
upstairsà l’étage, en haut
downstairsen bas
ground floor, first floorle rez-de-chaussée

An Example Using Some House Vocabulary:

I live in a flat. It’s on the first floor. I moved in in July. The living room is pretty big. The dining room and the kitchen are not separated. But the toilets are separated from the bathroom. My bedroom is very cozy and bright. There is a big window. I also have a little study. There is no attic or cellar.J’habite dans un appartement. Il est au rez-de-chaussé. J’ai emménagé en juillet. Le salon est assez grand. La salle à manger et la cuisine ne sont pas séparées. Par contre, les toilettes sont séparées de la salle de bain. Ma chambre est très confortable et lumineuse. Il y a une grande fenêtre. J’ai aussi un petit bureau. Il n’y a ni grenier ni cave.

Nature

The Nature – La nature

the meadows
les prés
the meadla prairie
the mountainla montagne
pasture landsles pâturages
streams
les cours d’eau
falls and cascadesles chutes et les cascades
ponds and lakesétangs et lacs
a riverun fleuve
the grassl’herbe
the vineyardsles vignes
a country path
un sentier
a laneun sentier campagnard
an orchardun verger
a gardenun jardin
the lemon-treele citronnier
the fig-treele figuier
the pomegranate treele grenadier
the orange-treel’oranger
the chestnut treele châtaignier

An Example Using Some Vocabulary About Nature:


I love nature. On weekends, I got to the mountains. I take walks around falls and cascades. I walk along the country paths. In the pastures; there are Charolais cows. There are also fig-trees, my favorite trees.

J’adore la nature. Les week-ends, je vais à la montagne. Je me promène autour des chutes et des cascades. Je marche dans les sentiers. Dans les prairies, il y a des vaches charolaises. Il y a aussi des figuiers, mes arbres préférés.

How To Improve Your Vocabulary Learning In French?

Improving your vocabulary is up to you! Nowadays there are no excuses not to learn and put into practice new words. There are many resources on the Internet: you can download your favorite novel in French, enjoy it and create a vocabulary notebook. Use colors to classify words according to the parts of speech (adjectives, nouns, adverbs, verbs, etc.) If you don’t know exactly which French author you should read, look for recommendations according to your level.  Playing games is also a fun way to increase vocabulary! There are free online games to practice French. If you like music, look for Canadian, French or Belgian music bands and listen to their songs while reading the lyrics. This will allow you to learn colloquial language. You can also listen to the news on the Internet  and watch films with subtitles in French. As you can see there is a wide variety of alternatives to keep on learning French, don’t miss them!

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