Don’t be afraid to speak French…even if you don’t really know the language.


Street Market in Paris


It’s easy to get the feeling that you know the language just because when you order a beer, they don’t bring you oysters.” Paul Child (Julia Child’s husband) from “My Life In France”

There is one thing that seems to scare visitors to Paris…trying to speak the language. But, put your mind at ease, most Parisians can speak English and many even want to practice their own English speaking skills. However, always remember you are in THEIR country and should at least attempt to speak their language. The minute you try to speak French, they will pretty much start speaking English to you and will greatly appreciate your effort.

Here are a few words and phrases to use:

Hello: Bonjour (bohn-ZHOOR)
Goodbye: Au revoir (oh ruh-VWAHR)
Please: s’il vous plait (seel voo PLEH))
Thank you: Merci (mair-SEE)
I would like…: Je voudrais (zhuh voo-DREH)
Yes: Oui (wee)
No: Non (nohn)
Stop: Arrêtez (ah-reh-TAY)
Do you speak English: Parlez-vous Anglais? (par-lay VOO ahng-LEH?)
•When entering a store, always say “Bonjour Madame/Monsieur.”
And when leaving always say “Au revoir.”

So don’t be afraid to try speaking French, the French will love you for it!

Bises (kisses),

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