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French Conversation Guide For Beginners

Grammar Dec 30, 2022

Let's prepare for your journey to a French speaking City with the ultimate French conversation guide.


Making acquaintances (introducing yourself/someone)

Asking for directions


Talking about the weather.

Making acquaintances.

Practice how to begin a conversation with these conversation openers.

Introducing yourself(questions)

Comment vous appelez-vous? What is your name? (fml)

Comment t'appelles tu? What is your name? (fam)

Rappelez-moi votre nom? What's your name again?

Quel est votre prénom? What's your first name?

Quel est votre nom de famille? What's your surname

Introducing yourself (answers)

You are meeting someone or a group for the first time and you need to introduce yourself, you may start by saying.

Bonjour! Je m'appelle Robert.

Hi! My name is Robert.

Permettez-moi de me presenter.

Let me introduce myself.

Il me semble qu'on s'est déjà vus quelque part.

I believe we have already met somewhere.

Je ne pense pas que nous nous soyons déjà rencontrés. Je m'appelle...

I don't think we've met before. I am...

Introducing a Friend

You might be in a situation where you need to introduce a friend to someone. Here are some ways to do so.

Je vous présente mon ami, Julie.

This is my friend, Julie.

Laissez-moi vous presenter Mary.

Let me introduce you to Mary.

Connaissez-vous Diane, ma collègue?

Do you know my colleague, Diane?

Vous vous connaissez?

Have you two met?



Delighted to meet you.

Ravi de faire ta connaissance.

Pleased to meet you.

J'ai été enchanté de faire votre connaissance.

It was nice meeting you.

J'ai beaucoup entendu parler de toi.

I have heard alot about you.

Asking directions.

Going out in an unfamiliar environment, might mean you needing to ask for directions.

Knowing and understanding a few key phrases can make your trip easier and more fun.

How to ask for directions.

To get someone's attention and sound polite, say

Excusez-moi (excuse me), before going ahead to ask your question.

Où est? /où sont? (Where is?/where are?)

Où est la gare?

Where is the train station?

Où se trouve? (where is... Located?)

Où se trouve la gare?

Where is the train station located?

Est-ce qu'il y a?(is there?)

Est-ce qu'il y a une musée près d'ici?

Is there a museum near here?

Y a-t-il... près d'ici? (Is there... Nearby?)

Y a-t-il un distributeur de billets près d'ici?

Is there an ATM machine around here?

Où est-ce que je peux trouver? (Where can I find?)

Où est-ce que je peux trouver un supermarché?

Where can I find a supermarket?

Getting and understanding directions

A droite on the right

La pharmacie est à droite.

The pharmacy is on the right.

A gauche on the left

C'est à gauche.

It's on the left.

En face de in front of

La pharmarcie est en face de la gare.

The pharmacy is in front of the train station.

A côté de next to/beside

La gare est à côté de la banque.

The train station is next to the bank.


Here are a few vocabulary you need to shop in French speaking community.

Shop Attendant.

A shop attendant may use any of these:

Est-ce que je peux vous aider?

May I help you?

Qu'est-ce que vous cherchez?

What are you looking for?

Vous cherchez quelque chose en particulier?

Are you looking for something specific?


As a customer you may use

Je voudrais... I would like...

Avez-vous... Do you have?

Je cherche... I am looking for...

Je cherche une robe. I am looking for a dress.

Combien ça coûte? How much does this cost?

C'est combien? How much is it?

C'est trop cher. It's expensive.

C'est moi cher. It's cheap

Je vais payer en liquide. I will pay in cash.

Talking about the weather.

We express our sentiments about the weather all the time.

Practice how to do so in French with these phrases.

Quel temps fait-il? How's the weather?

Il y a du vent. It's windy.

Il y a du soleil. It's sunny.

Il pleut. It's raining.

Il y a du brouillard. It's foggy.

Il neige. It's snowing.

Il gèle. It's freezing.

Il fait chaud. It's hot.

Il fait froid. It's cold.

Il fait beau. It's nice.



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