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"Try speaking a little French." Parlez vous francais? Tip by oneonta_ni

Parlez vous francais?, Paris: 100 reviews and 36 photos

It is more polite to ask someone if they speak English before asking a question in English! If you speak a little French, use it! French people that we have met are very helpful and patient with our limited language abilities. I am always a little hesitant at first to speak French because I am convinced no one will understand me. I usually find the French will speak English back if I speak French.

Here are a few basic words with approximate pronounciations:
Hello - bonjour (boh-zhur)
Goodbye - au revoir (ov-rawr)
Yes - oui (wee)
No - non (noh)
Please - s'il vous plait (seel vu play)
Thank you - merci (mare-si)
Sir - monsieur (mis-yer)
Madam - madame (muh-dahm)

It is considered polite to greet a shopkeeper with 'Bonjour madame/monsieur' and say 'Au revoir' as you leave.


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  • Updated Sep 5, 2002
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