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FOR THOSE NEW TO FRENCH
Five phrases to find the shop you need
Excuse me, where is the bakery?
Excusez-moi, où est la boulangerie, s’il vous plaît?
PRONOUNCE:
Excoozay mwa, oo ay lah boolonzhree, seel voo play?


Excuse me, how do I get to the chemist, please?
Pardon, pour aller à la pharmacie, s’il vous plaît?
PRONOUNCE:
Excoozay mwa, poor allay ah lah pharmacie, seel voo play?


Is there a place to get a SIM card near here?
Il y a un tabac* près d’ici? Je voudrais acheter une carte sim.
* Tabac = tobacconist’s where cigarettes, SIM cards and stamps are sold
PRONOUNCE:
Eel yuh un tahbah pray deeci? Zuh voodray ahshtay oon carte sim.


I am looking for the best macaron in the area.
Je cherche le meilleur macaron du quartier.
PRONOUNCE:
Zuh shairsh luh mayur mahkahron doo kartyay.


Go straight ahead. It’s a five-minute walk, at Pierre Hermé in rue Bonaparte.
Allez tout droit. C’est à cinq minutes à pied, chez Pierre Hermé dans la rue Bonaparte.
PRONOUNCE:
Ahlay too dwah. Say ah sahn meenoot ah pyay, shay Pierre Hermé, don lah rue Bonaparte.
Five phrases to go shopping
Can I help you?
Je peux vous aider? *
* The easiest way to ask a question is to raise your voice at the end PRONOUNCE:
Zuh puh voo zayday?


I am just looking, thanks.
Je regarde seulement, merci.
PRONOUNCE:
Zuh ruhgahrd, mairsee.


I would like to buy a black dress, please.
Je voudrais acheter une robe noir, s’il vous plaît.
PRONOUNCE:
Zuh voodray ashtay oon rohb nwahr seel voo play.


Can I try it on, please?
Je peux l’essayer, s’il vous plaît?
PRONOUNCE:
Zuh puh laysayay, seel voo play?

How much is it?
C’est combien?
PRONOUNCE:
Say kohmbyun?





FOR THOSE DISCOVERING FRENCH
Chez le fromager: acheter du fromage — At the cheese shop: buying cheese
CLIENT:
Bonjour.
Hello.

FROMAGER:
Bonjour madame. Qu’est-ce qu’il vous faudra?
Hello madam. What can I get you?

CLIENT:
Je vais prendre un peu de roquefort.
I will have a little roquefort.

FROMAGER:
Vous voulez lequel?
Which one would you like?

CLIENT:
Celui-là.
That one.

FROMAGER:
Je vous en mets combien? Comme ça?
How much would you like? Like this?

CLIENT:
Un peu moins.
A little less.

FROMAGER:
Ça va comme ça?
Is this enough?

CLIENT:
Oui. C’est bien.
Yes. That’s good.

FROMAGER:
Il vous faudra autre chose?
Do you need anything else?

CLIENT:
Oui, un camembert bien fait.
Yes, a mature camembert.

FROMAGER:
Ce sera tout?
Will that be all?
CLIENT:
Oui.
Yes.

FROMAGER:
Alors… 11 euros 50.
So… 11 euros 50.

CLIENT:
Tenez.
Here. (handing over money)

FROMAGER:
Voilà.
Here you are. (giving change)

CLIENT:
Merci, bonne journée.
Thank you, have a nice day.

Five French Idioms

TOMBER DANS LES POMMES
Literal translation: To fall in the apples
English idiom: To pass out

FAIRE LE PONT
Literal translation: To make the bridge
English idiom: To take a long weekend

ÊTRE CON COMME UN BALAI
Literal translation: To be as stupid as a brush
English idiom: To be as thick as two planks

AVOIR LE CAFARD
Literal translation: To have the cockroach
English idiom: To be down in the dumps



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Nicole Ress is a French/ Australian citizen offering French lessons at all levels in cafés in Melbourne. She guides frequent creative & dynamic French language and cultural trips to Provence and Paris. frenchwithnicole.com.au