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Do You Speak English in French

In this lesson you will learn how to say, “Do you speak English?” in French. When you go to France it is very important that you know how to ask somebody is they know how to speak English.

While the answer will commonly be no you will discover that more and more French people are indeed studying English and improving their speaking abilities.

To ask a stranger or somebody who’s older than yourself say “parlez-vous Anglais?” Another way to ask this question in a slightly longer phrase is “Est-ce que vous savez parler l’Anglais?” This literally means do you know how to speak English.

You also have the option of asking people whether they understand English. To say this ask “Comprennez-vous Anglais?” A common answer that you were this question is “Oui, je parle l’Anglais. Allez-y”. This means yes, I speak English. Go ahead.

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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.

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