Essential French Vocabulary

In this lesson you will learn thirty of the most essential French vocabulary words. Whether you’ve just started learning French or will be taking a trip to France you’ll find this to be an essential must-know vocab list.

To do the lesson just click on any of the French words and listen to the audio pronunciation. These words deal with basic greetings, meeting people and language difficulties. Enjoy and good luck! Bonne Chance!

Bonjour hello/good morningAu Revoir Good-bye
Salut Hi and Bye - informalBon après-midi Good afternoon
Bonsoir Good eveningBonne nuit Good night
Oui yesNon No
Merci Thank youDe rien You’re welcome
Merci beaucoup Thank you very muchS'il vous plaît Please (formal)
S'il te plaît Please (informal)à bientôt See you soon
à tout à l'heure see you later (same day)à la prochaine See you next time
Comment tu t'appelles What is your name? (informal)Comment vous appelez-vous? What is your name? (formal)
Je m'appelle My name isEnchanté Nice to meet you!
Avec plaisir With pleasureComment vas-tu? How are you? (informal)
Comment allez-vous? How are you? (formal)Ça va? How's it going?
Très bien Very wellJe ne parle pas français I do not speak French
Pouvez-vous répéter s'il-vous-plaît? Can you repeat please?Vous parlez trop vite. You are speaking too fast.
Je comprends I understandJe comprends un peu. I understand a little.

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