Pouvez-vous passer ce quiz? We're going to see if you have what it takes to carry on a conversation in French. All the onion soup, macarons and croque monsieur of Paris cannot save you.
We're starting this off easy. When you want to reply "yes," you say "oui." To say "no," you say "non."
To informally say "please," you say, "s’il te plaît." To formally say please, you say, "s’il vous plaît."
"Merci boucoup" is how you say "thank you very much." When you just want to thank someone, you say "merci."
"Je vous en prie" is how you say "you're welcome" in a formal way. "Je t'en prie" is how you say this in an informal way.
"Il n'y a pas de quoi" is another way of saying "you're welcome." It basically means, "it's nothing."
When you accidentally bump into someone, you say "excuses-moi." But if someone else bumps into you, you simply glare at them.
"Je ne parle qu'un peu le français" means, "I only speak a little French. After passing this quiz, you will not need to use this phrase.
"J'apprends le français mais je ne suis qu'un débutant." This translates to "I am learning French, but I am only a beginner."
"J'apprends le français depuis deux mois" means "I have been learning French for 2 months." If it were two years, it would be "deux ans."
"Peux-tu me corriger, s'il te plaît?" means "will you please correct me?" This is a good phrase to use when you want others to teach you.
First off, "Que veut dire ___?" is "what does ______ mean?" "Avion" is an airplane!
"Qu'est-ce que ça veut dire?" translates to "what does that mean?" This is another good phrase to use when someone is speaking too fast or you don't understand.
When greeting someone in the evening, you say "Bonsoir." "Bonjour" is used for the morning and afternoon.
When introducing yourself, you can either say "Je m'appelle" or "Je suis." The first means "My name is" and the second means "I am."
When someone greets you with this statement, you're being introduced to the speaker's wife, Fabienne. She can also be introduced as "mon épouse."
"Peux-tu m'expliquer en français?" translates to "Can you explain in French?" You can also ask them to explain in English.
"Quel est le mot francais pour ______?" means "What is the French word for ______?" The French word for fruit is fruit.
"C'est correct?" means "Is this correct?" This is a good way to make sure that you said something properly.
"Joyeux anniversaire" means "Happy Birthday." You can also say "Bon anniversaire!"
"D’où venez-vous?" means "Where are you from?" You would answer with "Je viens de _______" which means "I'm from ________."
"Que faites-vous dans la vie?" means "What do you do (for a living)?" Your reply could be "j'étudie le français!"
When someone says, "Voulez-vous un verre?" they're asking you if you want a drink. Go ahead and order a stiff one, if you like.
"Je reviens toute suite!" means "I'll be right back!" You say this before you go smoke a cigarette, or when you need to have an impassioned kiss with your French lover out on the veranda.
Both of these phrases are ways of asking, "Am I wrong?" These are good to use when you fear you have misspoken.
"Est-ce que tu me comprends?" means "Do you understand me?" You might reply with "Je ne comprends pas."
"Je veux améliorer mon niveau de français." This translates to, "I want to improve my level in French."
"J'ai besoin de pratiquer le français" means, "I need to practice French." Hopefully, you'll never need to use this statement.
"Je n'ai jamais entendu ça" means "I never heard of that." You can use this phrase when someone reminds you that a bowl of French fries has a lot of calories.
"Bon appétit" is often shortened to "Bon app!" This is not what you say when you purchase a new app for your phone that you love.
"Bonne journée" is how you say "Have a nice day." For "see you later," you say "à plus tard."
These are the three ways in which you can say, "How are you?" The one you use will depend upon whom you are speaking to.
When being introduced to someone, you reply, "Enchanté." "Laisse-moi tranquille" means "Leave me alone."
When someone asks you if you'd like to eat something, you always say yes. However, it's better to say that you'd like sausage, rather than grass or trees.
When you seriously need help, you say "Aidez-moi s’il vous plaît!" You could also say, "Est-ce que vous pourriez m’aider?"
"Où est-ce que je peux trouver la gare, s’il vous plaît?" translates to, "Where can I find the train station, please?" "Je suis perdu" means "I'm lost."