32 French Phrases To Help Beginners Keep The Conversation Flowing

I am a great believer in speaking the language right from the start of your language learning journey. Many people have the attitude that first they must learn all the grammar and huge amounts of vocabulary before they could ever be ready to start conversing with native speakers. People are often scared of getting into awkward situations where they have no clue how to express what they want to say, leaving them only with blank expressions on their faces. This is completely the wrong mindset and I’m here to help!

By learning how to express things such as your level in the language or how to ask for clarification and help understanding or explaining, you open yourself up to a whole new dimension of language learning. Armed with these phrases, every native speaker you encounter is a potential tutor (if they’re in a good mood).

So now you have no excuse! Get out there and start talking with natives.

How to say it in English
How to say it in french
I only speak a little French.Je ne parle qu’un peu le français.
I am learning French, but I am only a beginner.J’apprends le français mais je ne suis qu’un débutant.
I have been learning french for 2 days / 2 weeks / 2 months / 1 year / 2 years.J’apprends le français depuis deux jours / deux semaines / deux mois / un an / deux ans.
Will you please correct me?Peux-tu me corriger, s’il te plaît?
What does ___ mean?Que veut dire ___?
What does that mean?Qu’est-ce que ça veut dire?
Can you explain in French/English to me?Peux-tu m’expliquer en français / anglais?
What does that mean in this context?Qu’est-ce que ça veut dire dans ce contexte?
What is the French word for ___?Quel est le mot francais pour ___?
Is this/that correct?C’est juste?
Am I wrong?Je me trompe?/Est-ce que j’ai tort?
Am I correct?Est-ce que j’ai raison?
Do you understand?Est-ce que tu me comprends?
I do not understandJe ne comprends pas.
I want to improve my level in FrenchJe veux améliorer mon niveau de français.
I need to practice FrenchJ’ai besoin de pratiquer le français.
Do you have time to speak with me?As-tu le temps de parler avec moi ?
Can you help me to learn French?Peux-tu m’aider à apprendre le français?
Do you mind if we speak in French?Ça te dérange si nous parlons en français?
Can you please speak in French? it helps me to learn.Peux-tu me parler en français s’il te plaît? Ça m’aide à apprendre.
How do you say ‘___’ in French?Comment dit-on ‘___’ en français ?
I struggle with spelling / reading / writing / listening / pronunciation.J’ai du mal avec l’orthographe / la lecture / l’écriture / la compréhension orale / la prononciation.
Can you please repeat? I did not understand.Pouvez-vous répéter s’il vous plaît ? Je n’ai pas compris.
I don’t speak French fluently.Je ne parle pas couramment le français.
I am confused.Je suis perdu(e)
I don’t know how to say it in French.Je ne sais pas comment le dire en Français,
Sorry (or ‘pardon’), what did you say?Pardon, qu’est-ce que tu as dit?
I’ve never heard of that.Je n’ai jamais entendu ça
That makes sense.Ça se tient.
That does not make sense.Ça n’a aucun sens.
What’s happening? / What’s going on?Qu’est-ce qui se passe?
What do you mean by ‘___’ ?Qu’est-ce que tu entends par ‘___’? / Qu’est-ce que tu veux dire par ‘___’?
Could you speak more slowly please?Pouvez-vous parler plus lentement s’il vous plaît ?

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