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10 Key French Phrases To Know for Traveling to France

When traveling to France, a basic knowledge of French is essential for interacting with the locals. A “bonjour” and “merci” go a long way especially when you are looking for the toilets or need directions. I teamed up with my friend Cécilia of Hello French to teach you 10 key French phrases for your next trip to France.

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Save this PDF on your iPad or phone to use along the way as you travel. While you are preparing and planning for your trip, you can practice along with Cécilia on Instagram where she goes through each one of these phrases and how to pronounce them.

Repetition when learning a language is so helpful. When I first moved to Paris I would ride the metro and learn how to pronounce all the stops by listening and repeating. I lived at the Boulevard de Rochechouart stop and way before google maps I would get lost on my way home. This was the only way I learned how to pronounce it properly. I may not be perfect but it is much better than when I started.

Make sure to follow Cécilia on Instagram for other helpful French phrases to improve your French.

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A little about Cécilia

Cécilia Jourdan, the creator of @HelloFrenchNYC, was born and raised in Paris, immersed in traditional French values and Parisian culture. She now lives in Brooklyn, NY, and creates French educational & lifestyle content for her growing online community. Her linguistics and performing arts background helped her craft a teaching method that her students find highly effective & fun. She loves wine, cheese, meaningful conversations, and dogs (she’s a fan of Henri!)

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  1. Hoping to travel to Paris this winter and EverydayParisian has been so helpful at keeping updated information as well as useful tips posted for travel! ❤️