French For Travelers – phrases and words you must know

If you plan to travel to a foreign country, you must know their common phrases or words. You might land up in a situation where the natives don’t speak English; therefore, knowing a few common French phrases is necessary. In this article, we have listed some words and phrases which the French people often use.

Common phrases

  • “Parlez-vousanglais?”

This means “Do you speak English?”. Some natives do speak English. However, it would be best if you respectfully approached them. Asking them whether they can speak English in their native language would encourage them to speak in English.

  • Merci beaucoup! 

Use this phrase when you want to thank someone. Make sure to thank the people who would help you in your journey.

  • Comment vousappelez-vous? 

This translates to “What is your name?” You might make a handful of friends while traveling to France; therefore, ask their names and add them to your friend list!

  • Pouvez-Vousm’aider? (Can you help me?)

Traveling to a new country especially, a solo trip can be a bit scary. Greet someone before asking them for help and thank them.

  • Quel temps va-t-il faire aujourd’hui? (What will the weather be like today?)

It is a good idea to learn about the weather before sightseeing.

  • Pouvez-vousm’appeler un taxi, s’ilvousplaît? (Can you call me a taxi, please?) 

It might be difficult to find a taxi when public transport is scarce, especially at an odd hour. In that case, you can ask the locals about a cab.

Common words 

  • Bonjour (hello)- This is used to greet each other. Using a monsieur(sir) or madame(mam) might be more normal and pleasant.
  • Non– This translates to “no.”
  • Oui- It means “yes.”
  • Au revoir- Bid adieu or Goodbye.


A short French course might help you immensely when considering traveling to the country. Cambridge Institute in Mumbai offers French courses at a reasonable price. Visit their website or approach them physically to enroll in their courses.