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FreEng Misc

French-English Miscellaneous Words & Phrases

FrenchEnglish
s'il vous plaît / s’il te plaît please [formal or plural / familiar]
Pardon. Excuse me. [as when bumping into someone]
Excusez-moi (,madame/monsieur) Excuse me. [as when needing to get by or to get attention]
(Je suis) désolé (I am) sorry.
À tes souhaits. To your wishes. [said after a sneeze, as bless you]
Comme ça Like this. [in context]
Comme ci, comme ça So-so. [understood, but not used frequently in France]
l'esprit de l'escalier staircase wit [a great response after it’s too late]
Moins vite (, svp) Less quickly (,please). [easy way to ask to repeat slower]
Lentement (, svp) Slowly (,please). [an alternative to ask to repeat slower]
nom de famille family name, surname [nom also means this, unmodified]
nom de jeune fille maiden name
nom d'épouse married name
petit à petit little by little
aujourd'hui today
ce soir / ce nuit tonight
hier yesterday
avant-hier the day before yesterday
Je ne comprends pas. I don’t understand.
Je ne sais pas I don’t know.
Bonne année et bonne santé! Good year and good health! [Happy New Year]
tout le monde everybody
Je suis né… I was born…
Hotel de ville city/town hall
rez-de-chaussée ground floor
guichet automatique de banque (GAB) ATM machine
distributeur ATM machine [also vending machine]
tous les jours every day
toujours always, still [i.e. continuing now]
beaucoup de… many of, lots of
bon marché cheap
horaires d'ouverture opening hours
salle de bain bathroom
faire du sport exercising, working out
…n'est-ce pas? …right? [after an affirmative statement]
un coup de chance a stroke of luck
au fil de… in the course of… / over the course of… [i.e. time]
Un des <plural noun>… One of the…
C’est dommage! What a shame!
Je vous présente <name etc> Je te présente <name etc> I would like to introduce to you <name etc>
Voici <name> This is <name>
Created by: cberteau