Basic French

In this video, created by Fluenz, you’ll learn the essentials to putting together a basic sentence in French. If you’re planning a trip to France then you’ll definitely find this very useful!

This lesson does an excellent job introducing many of the fundamentals which you’ll be required to learn if you want to speak fluent French. Also, you’ll learn some basic phrases that you can use in a restaurant. Below you’ll find a summary of the videos words and phrases.

Ça = this/that
S’il vous plaît = please (Formal)
Ça, s’il vous plaît = that please
Ce plat = this dish
Ce café = this coffee
Je veux = I want
Vous voulez = you want
Je veux ce plat = I want this dish
Je ne veux pas ce plat = I don’t want this dish
La carte = the menu
Je veux la carte, s’il vous plaît.
I want the menu, please.
Le = the (masculine)/La = the (feminine)
Ce = this (masculine)
Cette = this (feminine)
L’eau = the water/Cette eau (this water)
I want a coffee, please
Je veux un café, s’il vous plaît.
Un = a/an (masculine)/Une = a/an (feminine)
Je veux une eau, s’il vous plaît.
I want a water, please.
Je veux l’addition, s’il vous plaît.
I want the bill, please.

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About David Issokson

David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private online lessons. When procrastinating working on his site,, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.