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In this video, I give you the expressions to know absolutely if you come to France.

These words or expressions are essential because they will help you to better understand everyday situations in France.

  • 0:00 - Introduction
  • 0:44 - Good morning
  • 1:24 - I would like to
  • 2:11 - I would like to
  • 2:37 - Please do not hesitate to contact us.
  • 3:17 - Thank you
  • 3:51 - No thanks
  • 4:46 - Drinking - Eating
  • 5:17 - I will take
  • 5:53 - The bill
  • 6:20 - Excuse me
  • 7:13 - I'm sorry
  • 7:38 - How much does it cost
  • 8:18 - Conclusion

Transcript - 13 essential expressions if you come to France

Good morning to all of you. I hope you are well and that you are having a nice day. Today, we are going to see together some words, formulations or expressions that will be very useful if you go to a French speaking country where you will have to speak French. So, these are basic expressions or formulations that you will use in everyday life or as a tourist. Before you start, don't forget to activate the subtitles, it will help you understand the video.

Don't forget to subscribe to the HelloFrench channel to not miss any video. The first word, as we said at the very beginning of the video, is "bonjour". Hello, hello, ah hello from La Bath!

So, it's a greeting to greet a person. So you can use it with your friends when you meet them, but also as soon as you enter a store, in a bakery, in a restaurant, as soon as you have to start addressing someone.

If you don't say hello when you enter a store, in a store, it will be quite rude. So, in France, you always say "bonjour" when you enter somewhere.

So the second wording we will see is "I would like". Oh Mr. Commissioner, I would like to introduce you to two foreign colleagues. So it comes from the verb "to want".

So you might think that you have to say "je veux", it's the present tense conjugation. But in fact, you have to say "je voudrais", it's a more polite way, so it's conditional, it's another conjugation and that's how we say it in France to be polite. For example, if you enter a restaurant, you say "bonjour, je voudrais une table pour deux". And above all, you don't say "bonjour, je veux une table pour deux".

You will come across as very rude.

Another formulation that is actually a synonym that means the same thing as "I would like" is I would like.

I would like to place my order please.

For example, if you walk into the bakery, you can say "hello, I would like a baguette" or "hello, I would like a baguette". So you can choose, you can alternate. Sometimes say "I would like" sometimes say "I would like".

So the following formulation is also a polite formula. It is "please".

I'll have a baguette please. A tradition?

So when you ask someone for something, whether it's in a restaurant, in a store, at the bakery. Always end your sentence with "please". This is the polite way to ask for something. For example, you can say "hello, I would like a baguette please". You can also use "please" at the beginning of a sentence, for example when you enter the bakery, to call out, to get attention. You can say "hello, please, I would like a baguette".

The next word is "thank you".

You are very, very French after all. Thank you.

You will hear this word a lot if you come to France or to a French speaking country, it's to thank someone. So if someone gives you something or a waiter brings you a dish, or the baker gives you a baguette, you always say "merci" to thank the person.

The next formulation also contains the word thank you, it is "no thank you".

Come in for two minutes! Popopop. No thank you Mister Mailleux, it's very nice, but we'll go.

In French if you refuse something it is not very polite to just say "non". It is better to say "no thank you". For example, in a restaurant, if the waiter asks you "would you like a dessert", you can answer "no thank you" if you don't want one. This is much more polite than just saying "no". Of course, if you are asked a question in everyday life, for example, "Do you have your driver's license?" You can simply answer "No."

"No thank you" is used when someone makes an offer and you want to decline it.

The following two words will be very useful in your daily life, especially if you come to France as a tourist. They are the verbs "to eat" and "to drink".

I'm not okay anymore. I don't want to eat or drink anymore.

Eat is when you take food, for example, I eat in a restaurant or I eat a steak frites. Drinking is when you go to have a drink, for example, at a restaurant you might say to the waiter "I would like to drink some wine" or "I would like to drink a coke".

Another wording that will be very useful in restaurants is "I'll take".

I'll get you a sugar pancake with a beer.

This will be useful when ordering your food. When the waiter comes to ask you what you want to eat, you can say "I'll have oysters as an appetizer and steak frites as a main course". This formulation "I'll have" is used to state, to say, what you have chosen. Another example for the formulation, "I'll take", for example, at the bakery, you can say "hello, I'll take a baguette please".

So another very important word for the restaurant is "check".

The bill please. Yes sir.

You will ask for the bill at the end of the meal. It's to pay for your meal. So you can ask your waiter, "I'd like the check" to say that you want to pay. You can also say "check please". This is a polite way to ask for payment.

The next wording is "excuse me". This is also a polite way of saying it.

So you can use it to call someone out, to get someone's attention. For example, in the street, if you want to ask someone for information, you could say "excuse me where is the Eiffel tower?" or for example, in a restaurant if you want to ask the waiter for a drink, you could say "excuse me, could I have a coke please". You can also use, excuse me to really apologize and ask for forgiveness. For example, if in the street, someone is in front of you and blocking the way and you want to ask them to move over a little, to let you pass, you can just say "excuse me" to let them know that you are there and want to pass. A synonym for "excuse me" is pardon.

So again in the street, for example, if someone is in front of you, you want to pass you can just say "excuse me" to ask them to move over. And again, you can use the word "excuse me" to call out to someone in a restaurant, it's the same example, you can, you can say to your waiter "excuse me, can I have a coke please?".

The last expression is "how much it costs". So, this expression, it will be useful to you to ask the price. of things.

For example, if you take a cab, you can ask "how much does it cost to go to the hotel" with the name of your hotel, for example, or at the museum, you can ask "how much does it cost for three entries?" it is always interesting when you travel to ask the price of things. When you don't know the country or the city, it's sometimes difficult to evaluate, to know how much things cost, so asking "how much it costs" allows you to avoid bad surprises.

I hope you liked this video, if you did, don't hesitate to put a like and especially subscribe to the channel. See you soon.

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