LEARN THE 35 WORDS
I WANT SOMETHING
I WANT TO FIND SOMETHING
I WANT TO BUY SOMETHING
I WANTED TO SPEAK FRENCH
SOME OF THE 35 KEY WORDS
20 one (1) un
21 please s'il vous plaît
22 small petit.
pronounced: pu-tea (‘pu’ as in pup)
23 station gare (feminine)
pronounced: gar (pronounce the ‘r’)
24 thank you merci
25 that one celui-là
26 the (singular) le (m) la (f)
pronounced: lu (as in lump) la (as in lap)
27 this one celui-ci
28 ticket billet (masculine)
29 the toilets (public) les toilettes publiques
pronounced: lay twal-et poo-bleek
AND HERE ARE SOME PHRASES FROM THE BOOK
There is also coffee (café), pronounced ka-fay,
black (noir pronounced nwar) or white (blanc pronounced blonk).
So let’s add the word ‘du’ and make it sound more civilised.
Je voudrais du café.
I want some coffee.
And to top it off and make it sound even more polite,
we add the words for ‘please’ - s'il vous plaît. The pronunciation for which is given
in our list of 35 words.
Je voudrais du café s'il vous plaît.
I want some coffee please.
Je voudrais un verre d’eau s'il vous plaît
I want a glass of water please.
(You pronounce the joined up words d’eau exactly like the English word dough.)
Je voudrais un café noir s'il vous plaît.
I want a black coffee please.
C'est bon. (pronounced say bon)
This is good.
(By the way, below, Où est un is pronounce, oo et earn, and Où est une is pronounce, oo et yune)
Où est un taxi? Taxi is pronounced the same as in English.
Where is a taxi ?
(Pronounced oo et earn taxi ?)
Où est une banque ? …un café ? …un café Internet ?
Where is a bank? …a cafe ? …an internet cafe ?
(Internet is pronounced ann-tur-net.)
Où est l'Hôtel Hilton ?
Where is the Hilton hotel?
Où est un docteur ou un hôpital ?
Where is there a doctor or a hospital ?
(pronounced oo et earn dok-tur oo earn op-i-tal.)
Anyone who speaks fluent French will tell you that the above sentences are basic. But they will work! That’s the main thing.
You have the option of standing in the town square like a goldfish with your mouth opening and closing and nothing coming out, or you can say something that is not grammatically perfect, but gets you what you want. It’s an obvious choice!