Review Your Everyday Expressions Before a Trip to France

Author: Camille Chevalier-Karfis

There are constructions that will repeat themselves over and over when you travel: “merci” (thank you), “Je voudrais” (“I would like”), “S’il vous plaît” (“Please”), “Combien ça coûte?” (“How much does this cost”)…

Even if you are a beginner in French, there will be plenty of opportunity to practice your French when traveling in a French speaking country.

If engaging into a real conversation with French people may not be easy – either because you actually don’t speak French well enough or because they’d rather practice their English (!), you will for sure be able to drop a couple of French sentences, and use your French politeness.

So, make sure you review essential sentences before your trip.

  1. “L’addition s’il vous plaît” (“Check, please”),
  2. “Quel est le plat du jour” (“What’s the dish of the day”),
  3. “J’ai une réservation au nom de Camille Chevalier-Karfis” (I have a reservation booked under + your name)…
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Practice simple phrases like these, so they come naturally to you and you don’t have to struggle with them. Knowing these by heart will give you more time to think about the rest of what you’d like to say.

Make sure you also know how to pronounce the name of the place you want to visit. There is nothing more annoying to a French person than a tourist saying “ou sont lé tchamps eely zees”… If you are staying in a hotel, ask the clerk to say the names of the places for you, and write them down in a way it makes sense to you!

If you are going to Paris, check out my French audiobook “Une Semaine à Paris” which included pronunciation tracks of the main places of interest and museums.

Author: Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Born and raised in Paris, I have been teaching today's French to adults for 23+ years in the US and France. Based on my students' goals and needs, I've created unique downloadable French audiobooks focussing on French like it's spoken today, for all levels. Most of my audiobooks are recorded at several speeds to help you conquer the modern French language. Good luck with your studies and remember, repetition is the key!

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