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How to Say I Love You in French - Romantic Word List

Do you often feel lonely and sad? Do you long for romance and are willing to do whatever it takes to meet that special person? Speaking another language could revolutionize your love life! So, why wait? Learning how to say ‘love’ in French could be just what you need to find it.

Or perhaps you were lucky, and have found your French partner already. Fantastic! Yet, a cross-cultural relationship comes with unique challenges. Learning how to speak your lover’s language will greatly improve your communication and enhance the relationship. At FrenchPod101, our team will teach you all the words, quotes and phrases you need to woo your French lover with excellence! Our tutors provide personal assistance, with plenty of extra material available to make French dating easy for you.

Table of Contents

  1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date
  2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date
  3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary
  4. French Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day
  5. French Quotes about Love
  6. Marriage Proposal Lines
  7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines
  8. Will Falling in Love Help You Learn French Faster?

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1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date

So, you have met your French love interest. Congratulations! Who knows where this could take you…?! However, the two of you have just met and you’re not ready to say the French word for love just yet. Great, it is better to get to know him/her first. Wow your prospective love by using these French date phrases to set up a spectacular first date.

French Date Phrases

Would you like to go out to dinner with me?

  • Tu veux aller dîner avec moi?

The important question! In most cultures, this phrase indicates: ‘I’m romantically interested in you’. Flirting in French is no different, so don’t take your date to Mcdonald’s!

Are you free this weekend?

  • Tu es libre ce weekend?

This is a preamble to asking your love interest on a date. If you get an immediate ‘Yes’, that’s good news!

Would you like to hang out with me?

  • Tu veux traîner avec moi?

You like her/him, but you’re not sure if there’s chemistry. Ask them to hang out first to see if a dinner date is next.

What time shall we meet tomorrow?

  • On se voit à quelle heure demain?

Set a time, and be sure to arrive early! Nothing spoils a potential relationship more than a tardy date.

Where shall we meet?

  • Où est-ce qu’on se retrouve?

You can ask this, but also suggest a place.

You look great.

  • Tu es superbe.

A wonderful ice breaker! This phrase will help them relax a bit - they probably took great care to look their best just for you.

You are so cute.

  • Tu es trop chou.

If the two of you are getting on really well, this is a fun, flirtatious phrase to use.

What do you think of this place?

  • Qu’est-ce que tu penses de cet endroit?

This another good conversation starter. Show off your French language skills!

Can I see you again?

  • Est-ce qu’on peut se revoir?

So the date went really well - don’t waste time! Make sure you will see each other again.

Shall we go somewhere else?

  • On va ailleurs?

If the place you meet at is not great, you can suggest going elsewhere. It is also a good question to follow the previous one. Variety is the spice of life!

I know a good place.

  • Je connais un bon endroit.

Use this with the previous question. However, don’t say if you don’t know a good place!

I will drive you home.

  • Je vais te raccompagner en voiture chez toi.

If your date doesn’t have transport, this is a polite, considerate offer. However, don’t be offended if she/he turns you down on the first date. Especially a woman might not feel comfortable letting you drive her home when the two of you are still basically strangers.

That was a great evening.

  • C’était une soirée géniale.

This is a good phrase to end the evening with.

When can I see you again?

  • Quand est-ce qu’on se revoit?

If he/she replied ‘Yes’ to ‘Can I see you again?’, this is the next important question.

I’ll call you.

  • Je t’appellerai.

Say this only if you really mean to do it. In many cultures, this could imply that you’re keeping the proverbial backdoor open.

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2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date

You learned all the French phrases to make a date - congratulations! Now you have to decide where to meet, which can be tricky. Discuss these options with your lover to gauge whether you like the same things. Check out romantic date ideas in French below!

Date Ideas in French

museum

  • musée

If you’re looking for unique date ideas that are fun but won’t break the bank, museums are the perfect spot! You won’t be running out of things to say in the conversations.

candlelit dinner

  • dîner aux chandelles

A candlelit dinner is perhaps best to reserve for when the relationship is getting serious. It’s very intimate, and says: “Romance!” It’s a fantastic choice if you’re sure you and your date are in love with each other!

go to the zoo

  • aller au zoo

This is a good choice for shy lovers who want to get the conversation going. Just make sure your date likes zoos, as some people dislike them. Maybe not for the first date, but this is also a great choice if your lover has children - you’ll win his/her adoration for inviting them along!

go for a long walk

  • faire une longue promenade

Need to talk about serious stuff, or just want to relax with your date? Walking together is soothing, and a habit you can keep up together always! Just make sure it’s a beautiful walk that’s not too strenuous.

go to the opera

  • aller à l’opéra

This type of date should only be attempted if both of you love the opera. It can be a special treat, followed by a candlelit dinner!

go to the aquarium

  • aller à l’aquarium

Going to the aquarium is another good idea if you need topics for conversation, or if you need to impress your lover’s kids! Make sure your date doesn’t have a problem with aquariums.

walk on the beach

  • marcher sur la plage

This can be a very romantic stroll, especially at night! The sea is often associated with romance and beauty.

have a picnic

  • faire un pique-nique

If you and your date need to get more comfortable together, this can be a fantastic date. Spending time in nature is soothing and calms the nerves.

cook a meal together

  • cuisiner ensemble

If you want to get an idea of your date’s true character in one go, this is an excellent date! You will quickly see if the two of you can work together in a confined space. If it works, it will be fantastic for the relationship and create a sense of intimacy. If not, you will probably part ways!

have dinner and see a movie

  • dîner et voir un film

This is traditional date choice works perfectly well. Just make sure you and your date like the same kind of movies!

3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

Valentine's Day Words in French

Expressing your feelings honestly is very important in any relationship all year round. Yet, on Valentine’s Day you really want to shine. Impress your lover this Valentine’s with your excellent vocabulary, and make his/her day! We teach you, in fun, effective ways, the meanings of the words and how to pronounce them. You can also copy the characters and learn how to write ‘I love you’ in French - think how impressed your date will be!

4. French Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day

So, you now have the basic Valentine’s Day vocabulary under your belt. Well done! But, do you know how to say ‘I love you’ in French yet? Or perhaps you are still only friends. So, do you know how to say ‘I like you’ or ‘I have a crush on you’ in French? No? Don’t worry, here are all the love phrases you need to bowl over your French love on this special day!

Valentine's Day Words in French

I love you.

  • Je vous aime.

Saying ‘I love you’ in French carries the same weight as in all languages. Use this only if you’re sure and sincere about your feelings for your partner/friend.

You mean so much to me.

  • Tu comptes tant pour moi.

This is a beautiful expression of gratitude that will enhance any relationship! It makes the receiver feel appreciated and their efforts recognized.

Will you be my Valentine?

  • Veux-tu sortir avec moi?

With these words, you are taking your relationship to the next level! Or, if you have been a couple for a while, it shows that you still feel the romance. So, go for it!

You’re so beautiful.

  • Tu es si belle.

If you don’t know how to say ‘You’re pretty’ in French, this is a good substitute, gentlemen!

I think of you as more than a friend.

  • Je vois en toi plus qu’un(e) ami(e).

Say this if you are not yet sure that your romantic feelings are reciprocated. It is also a safe go-to if you’re unsure about the French dating culture.

A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

  • Une centaine de coeurs seraient trop peu nombreux pour transporter tout mon amour pour toi.

You romantic you…! When your heart overflows with love, this would be the best phrase to use.

Love is just love. It can never be explained.

  • L’amour est simplement l’amour. Il ne pourra jamais être expliqué.

If you fell in love unexpectedly or inexplicably, this one’s for you.

You’re so handsome.

  • Tu es si beau/belle.

Ladies, this phrase lets your French love know how much you appreciate his looks! Don’t be shy to use it; men like compliments too.

I’ve got a crush on you.

  • J’ai le béguin pour toi.

If you like someone, but you’re unsure about starting a relationship, it would be prudent to say this. It simply means that you like someone very, very much and think they’re amazing.

You make me want to be a better man.

  • Tu me donnes envie d’être un homme meilleur.

Gentlemen, don’t claim this phrase as your own! It hails from the movie ‘As Good as it Gets’, but it is sure to make your French girlfriend feel very special. Let her know that she inspires you!

Let all that you do be done in love.

  • Que tout ce que tu fais se fasse dans l’amour.

We hope.

You are my sunshine, my love.

  • Tu es mon soleil, mon amour.

A compliment that lets your lover know they bring a special quality to your life. Really nice!

Words can’t describe my love for you.

  • Les mots ne peuvent pas décrire mon amour pour toi.

Better say this when you’re feeling serious about the relationship! It means that your feelings are very intense.

We were meant to be together.

  • Nous sommes faits pour être ensemble.

This is a loving affirmation that shows you see a future together, and that you feel a special bond with your partner.

If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

  • Si vous pensiez à quelqu’un en lisant ceci, vous êtes certainement amoureux/amoureuse.

Here’s something fun to tease your lover with. And hope he/she was thinking of you!

5. French Quotes about Love

French Love Quotes

You’re a love champ! You and your French lover are getting along fantastically, your dates are awesome, your Valentine’s Day together was spectacular, and you’re very much in love. Good for you! Here are some beautiful phrases of endearment in French that will remind him/her who is in your thoughts all the time.

6. Marriage Proposal Lines

French Marriage Proposal Lines

Wow. Your French lover is indeed the love of your life - congratulations! And may only happiness follow the two of you! In most traditions, the man asks the woman to marry; this is also the French custom. Here are a few sincere and romantic lines that will help you to ask your lady-love for her hand in marriage.

7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines

French Break-Up Lines

Instead of moving towards marriage or a long-term relationship, you find that the spark is not there for you. That is a pity! But even though breaking up is never easy, continuing a bad or unfulfilling relationship would be even harder. Remember to be kind to the person you are going to say goodbye to; respect and sensitivity cost nothing. Here are some phrases to help you break up gently.

  • We need to talk.
    • Il faut qu’on parle.

    This is not really a break-up line, but it is a good conversation opener with a serious tone.

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    • Ce n’est pas toi. C’est moi.

    As long as you mean it, this can be a kind thing to say. It means that there’s nothing wrong with your French lover as a person, but that you need something different from a relationship.

    I’m just not ready for this kind of relationship.

    • Je ne suis simplement pas prêt(e) pour ce genre de relation.

    Things moved a bit fast and got too intense, too soon? Painful as it is, honesty is often the best way to break up with somebody.

    Let’s just be friends.

    • Soyons seulement amis.

    If the relationship was very intense, and you have sent many ‘i love u’ texts in French, this would not be a good breakup line. Feelings need to calm down before you can be friends, if ever. If the relationship has not really developed yet, a friendship would be possible.

    I think we need a break.

    • Je pense que nous avons besoin d’une pause.

    This is again honest, and to the point. No need to play with someone’s emotions by not letting them know how you feel. However, this could imply that you may fall in love with him/her again after a period of time, so use with discretion.

    You deserve better.

    • Tu mérites mieux.

    Yes, he/she probably deserves a better relationship if your own feelings have cooled down.

    We should start seeing other people.

    • Nous devrions commencer à voir d’autres personnes.

    This is probably the least gentle break-up phrase, so reserve it for a lover that doesn’t get the message!

    I need my space.

    • J’ai besoin de mon espace.

    When a person is too clingy or demanding, this would be an suitable break-up phrase. It is another good go-to for that lover who doesn’t get the message!

    I think we’re moving too fast.

    • Je pense que nous allons trop vite.

    Say this if you want to keep the relationship, but need to slow down its progress a bit. It is also good if you feel things are getting too intense for your liking. However, it is not really a break-up line, so be careful not to mislead.

    I need to focus on my career.

    • J’ai besoin de me concentrer sur ma carrière.

    If you feel that you will not be able to give 100% in a relationship due to career demands, this is the phrase to use. It’s also good if you are unwilling to give up your career for a relationship.

    I’m not good enough for you.

    • Je ne suis pas assez bien pour toi.

    Say this only if you really believe it, or you’ll end up sounding false. Break-ups are usually hard for the receiving party, so don’t insult him/her with an insincere comment.

    I just don’t love you anymore.

    • Je ne t’aime plus tout simplement.

    This harsh line is sometimes the best one to use if you are struggling to get through to a stubborn, clingy lover who won’t accept your break up. Use it as a last resort. Then switch your phone off and block their emails!

    We’re just not right for each other.

    • Nous sommes tout simplement pas faits l’un pour l’autre.

    If this is how you truly feel, you need to say it. Be kind, gentle and polite.

    It’s for the best.

    • C’est mieux comme ça.

    This phrase is called for if circumstances are difficult and the relationship is not progressing well. Love should enhance one’s life, not burden it!

    We’ve grown apart.

    • Nous nous sommes éloignés.

    Cross-cultural relationships are often long-distance ones, and it is easy to grow apart over time.

  • 8. Will Falling in Love help you Learn French faster?

    Most people will agree that the above statement is a no-brainer - of course it will! Your body will be flooded with feel-good hormones, which are superb motivators for anything. FrenchPod101 is one of the best portals to help help make this a reality, so don’t hesitate to enroll now! Let’s quickly look at the reasons why falling in love will speed up your learning of the French language.

    Three Reasons Why Having a Lover will Help you Learn French Faster!

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    1- Being in a love relationship with your French speaking partner will immerse you in the culture
    FrenchPod101 uses immersive methods and tools to teach you French, but having a relationship with a native speaker will be a very valuable addition to your learning experience! You will gain exposure to their world, realtime and vividly, which will make the language come alive even more for you. The experience is likely to expand your world-view, which should motivate you to learn French even faster.

    2- Having your French romantic partner will mean more opportunity to practice speaking
    Nothing beats continuous practice when learning a new language. Your partner will probably be very willing to assist you in this, as your enhanced French language skills will enhance the relationship. Communication is, after all, one of the most important pillars of a good partnership. Also, you will get to impress your lover with the knowledge gained through your studies - a win/win situation!

    3- A supportive French lover is likely to make a gentle, patient teacher and study aid!
    With his/her heart filled with love and goodwill for you, your French partner is likely to patiently and gently correct your mistakes when you speak. This goes not only for grammar, but also for accent and meaning. With his/her help, you could sound like a native in no time!

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    1- All the Resources and Materials Will Help Both of You
    Falling in love with a man or woman speaking French is an opportunity for both of you to learn a new language! For this reason, every lesson, transcript, vocabulary list, and resource at FrenchPod101 is translated into both English and French. So, while your partner can help you learn French faster, you can potentially also help him/her learn and master English!

    2- Lessons Are Designed to Help You Understand and Engage with French Culture
    At FrenchPod101, our focus is to help our students learn practical vocabulary and phrases used by everyday people in France. This means that, from your very first lesson, you can apply what you learn immediately! So, when your French partner wants to go out to a restaurant, play Pokemon Go, or attend just about any social function, you have the vocabulary and phrases necessary to have a great time!

    3- Access to Special Resources Dedicated to Romantic French Phrases
    You now have access to FrenchPod101’s specially-developed sections and tools to teach you love words, phrases, and cultural insights to help you find and attract your French soul mate. A personal tutor will assist you to master these brilliantly - remember to invite him/her to your wedding!

    How to Say “Hello” in French: Break the Ice Like a Pro!

    How to Say Hello in French

    We all know the importance of first impressions, but do you know how long it really takes for a person to make a judgement and put you in a mental box from which you might never get out? According to psychologists and communication experts, it’s around five seconds, just enough time to walk down the hall and say “Hello” or “Good morning.” Hence, choosing the proper greeting is the best way to make you sound fun and engaging to your friends, or professional and trustworthy to your business partners.

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    It’s even more important with French, as we can be pretty intense about manners and social “etiquette.” No wonder, we even invented the word. So, if you want to learn how to say hello in French as naturally as native speakers would and learn everything about greetings in French, buckle up and follow this French greetings guide!

    1. “Bonjour” and “Salut,” Your French Bread-and-Butter

    Wish there was a magic word to get you through 95% of your social encounters when it comes to saying “hello” or “good morning” in French? You’re in luck, there are two generic ways of how French greet!

    • Bonjour (“Hello”) is as fail-proof as it gets. Literally, “Good day” (Bon jour), it can be used all morning and afternoon, with anybody, in any kind of situation. The beauty of Bonjour is that it’s neither too formal nor too relaxed; you cannot go wrong with it.
    • Salut (“Hi”) is the casual bonjour that you use with friends and peers. It’s short, cheerful, easy to pronounce, and you can use it all day long. And the best part? You can also use it to say “Bye!”

    French Greetings

    2. Greeting Like a Boss!

    Now that you have the basics, let’s get to the juicy part and learn some specific greetings.

    • Coucou (“Hey”) is an odd bird, quite literally. Coming from the “cuckoo” bird sound, it’s a way to attract attention in a naïve and childish manner. One cannot get less formal than using Coucou, and it’s common in use between romantic partners or with close friends or family. If you want to sound cute or playful, Coucou is right for you and is an excellent French greetings for between friends.

    1- Time-dependent Greetings:

    • Bonsoir (“Good evening”) takes over when it’s too late to say Bonjour. Literally “Good evening” (Bon soir), you can use this French greeting after sundown. Don’t worry, nobody will ever get offended if you get you bonjour and bonsoir mixed up!
    • How to say “Good morning” in French? We don’t! Unless you’re in Quebec, where French speakers use Bon matin. Better not use it in France, though, as it may sound quite awkward to an unprepared French audience.

    /!\ Bonne matinée, Bonne journée, and Bonne soirée (Literally: “Good morning,” “Good day,” and “Good evening”) may sound like greetings, but they are only used to say goodbye!

    2- Phone and Online Greetings:

    • Allo? (“Hello?”) is only used for answering the phone in French, as a question, to make sure your interlocutor can hear you. Use it either at the start of the conversation or if you suspect the call might have dropped.

      If someone ever greets you in the street with a Allo, check your GPS: you’re most likely in Quebec where Allo is used for Bonjour while Bonjour? starts a phone conversation. Yeah, it’s slightly confusing.

    • Cc, yop, and plop (“Hi”) can be used in online games and chat. Cc is short for Coucou (“Hey”), while yop and plop are just sounds.

    3- The Magic of “Nice to Meet You”

    Once you’ve met someone for the first time, you might want to add a polite or charming “Nice to meet you.” It can take many forms, but the most common and simple is:

    • Enchanté (“Delighted”), which can be used for anybody, anytime, anywhere.

    If you want to sound fancier or display your French knowledge, you can choose to use one of these:

    • Ravi de vous rencontrer or Heureux de vous rencontrer. (“Happy to meet you.”)
    • C’est un plaisir de faire votre connaissance. (“It’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance.”)
    • C’est un plaisir de vous rencontrer. (“It’s a pleasure to meet you.”)
      It can be cut down to Un plaisir de vous rencontrer (“Pleased to meet you”) or even Un plaisir (“A pleasure”). Sprinkle it with a charming smile and it can take you a long way!

    3. How to Say “How are You?” in French

    Now that you’ve said “Hello,” it’s time to break the ice and give some honey to whoever you’re talking to. With a simple “How are you doing?” or “What’s up?” you can be polite, show your interest, or even spark a conversation.

    • Comment allez-vous ? [Formal] / Comment vas-tu ? [Casual] (“How are you doing ?”)

    Literally “How are you going?” this is the easiest way to inquire about someone’s well-being. Other popular casual forms are Comment ça va ? (“How is it going?”) or Tu vas bien ? (“Are you good?”).

    The typical follow-up is Ça va (“It goes”), a foolproof noncommittal answer. But you can make it a bit more personal with Ça va bien (“It’s going well”) or with the world-famous Comme ci comme ça (“So-so”) which literally means “Like this, like that.”

    • Quoi de neuf ? [Casual] (“What’s new?”)

    There are no standard follow-ups for this one, so you’ll have to come up with a genuine answer and curse your interlocutor for making your life so hard!

    4. Tu or Vous: A Lesson in French Etiquette

    Formal or casual? You have to choose it wisely, as French can be slightly more demanding with manners than in other aspects of the language.

    1- Choose a “You”

    The French have two distinct pronouns for “You”: Vous and Tu (formal and casual “You”), and each new encounter gets a bit trickier when you have to choose one. We can imagine how horrible it seems to English speakers, but it’s easier than it seems and even has some perks!

    In a nutshell, here’s how it works:

    • Friends, peers, family, kids, or teens, someone younger than you, and animals: Tu
    • Anybody else: Vous (until decided otherwise by both parties)
    • Whenever in doubt: Vous

    See? Not so much of a headache!

    When you feel comfortable enough, you can use Tu with strangers in informal situations (in a bar, club, or hostel), and anyone using Tu with you allows you to do the same. It’s also an interesting way to gauge your level of intimacy with someone.

    2- Choose a Title

    If you go for a formal greeting, you can add a title, but it’s not mandatory. It might come as a shock after the previous section, but there’s nothing complicated about titles. Hurray!

    • Monsieur (“Mister”)
    • Madame (“Madam”)
    • Mademoiselle (“Miss”)

    3- Formal and Casual Greetings

    So, if we put everything together, what does it look like? Here are two examples of greeting conversations in French to help you figure it out:

    [Formal] Julien meets Sebastien Laroche in a business meeting.

    • Julien: Bonjour Monsieur Laroche. (“Hello Mr Laroche.”)
    • Sebastien: Bonjour ! (“Hello!”)
    • Julien: Comment allez-vous ? (“How are you doing?”)
    • Sebastien: Ca va bien, merci. (“I’m good, thank you.”)

    In this formal setting, Julien opens with the universal Bonjour, followed by the title Monsieur to show his respect. Then, he continues with a polite Vous. Maybe when they get comfortable enough, they will switch to the Tu.

    [Casual] Julien meets his friend Cédric.

    • Julien: Salut ! (“Hi!”)
    • Cédric: Salut Julien ! (“Hi Julien!”)
    • Julien: Tu vas bien ? (“How are you doing?”)
    • Cédric: Ça va. (“All good.”)

    Julien addresses his friend with a friendly Salut (“Hi”) and uses the casual Tu throughout the conversation.

    5. Spice it Up with a Pinch of Slang!

    Now that you know how to casually say “hello” in French, what about sounding even cooler with some slang? Here are some fun ways to say “hi” and impress your French friends with your laid-back fluency!

    • Yo! (“Hi”)
    • Wesh? (“Hi”)

    This one comes from the Algerian Wesh rak (“How are you doing?”) and became increasingly popular in recent years, even though it’s frequently frowned upon.

    • Ça fait un bail ! (“Long time no see!”)
    • La forme ? (“How are you doing?”) — Literally “the shape?” from “Are you in good shape?”
    • Bien ? (“Are you doing well?”) — Literally “Good?”
    • Ça roule?, Ça gaze?, and Ça biche? are tough to explain, but all mean the same as Bien ?

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    6. The Secret Art of French Kissing

    No more vocabulary here, it’s time to get physical and learn about kissing. But despite this deceiving chapter’s name, there won’t be any tongue involved! French greetings body language is one of the most vital aspects of the language as a whole, so without further ado, let’s talk about the most typical, infamous, and confusing feature of French etiquette: La bise.

    1- Shaking Hands

    Hold on! Before the kissing part, let’s get the classic and manly handshakes out of the way. Yes, we shake hands in France. We do it vigorously, with a firm hand while looking straight into each other’s eyes. You can shake hands with your friends, your father-in-law, every day with your co-workers, your boss, a friendly bartender, or really anybody you meet for the first or hundredth time. Shaking hands is still the most popular French greeting, by far.

    2- Do We Hug in France?

    Not really. Some people do, but many also tend to become uncomfortable, stiff, and clumsy when hugging is involved. We actually don’t have a word for friendly hugging and it’s usually kept for close family and romantic partners.

    3- Fake-kissing with “La Bise”

    In French, the word Bise refers to a kiss on the cheek. Applied to our typical daily greeting, it can be a weird, confusing, or even stressful moment for unsuspecting foreigners. Any gender combination can practice La bise, no matter their age, beliefs, or sexual orientation: this is a friendly greeting. La bise isn’t really a kiss, it’s just a way to say “hello” in French.

    Its origins are unclear, but it’s believed to have become prominent sometime after the Social Revolution and Moral Emancipations of May 1968, even though many similar greetings can be found throughout the country’s history. Nowadays, kids start doing and receiving la bise from a young age, and it’s practiced among all social circles. You may have seen photos of our Presidents voraciously kissing German Chancellors or First Ladies alike!

    4- How-to Faire la Bise

    To do la bise (Faire la bise), you lean forward and touch cheeks with the other person while mimicking a kiss (with the sound and lips gesture). There’s no actual lips-to-cheek contact during the typical bise, just a slight brush of the cheeks. Then, switch cheeks and repeat the same process on the other side.

    Pro-tips:

    • Some people tend to exaggerate the kissing sound, producing a loud “Mwuaah” on each side, but there’s a good chance you’d be made fun of, if you do so.
    • Make sure you don’t “air-kiss” by doing la bise without any cheek contact. Even though your lips are kissing the air, the cheeks should touch.

    What Side? How Many?

    Brace yourself and don’t panic. Although somewhat codified, la bise is a friendly greeting that shouldn’t be tainted with distress!

    • Should you start with the left or right side? Doesn’t matter! If you’re not sure, just follow the other person’s lead and go with the flow.
    • How many kisses? Well…it depends. Most French make two, southeasterners make three, while some regions are governed with the rule of four. If it escalates up to five or further, I’d get suspicious!

      Yeah, it can get confusing when you’re mentally prepared for two while the other person keeps going up to four, but nothing one cannot handle. Just adapt to whatever comes and always accept that more bises could be hiding around the corner!

    You can even find some statistic maps for la bise, but don’t take them too seriously!

    To Bise or not to Bise?

    Now for the most important question: Should you do la bise or not?

    Let us break it down for you:

    • If you’re a woman, you can do la bise with friends, family, or peers, no matter their gender, and vice-versa.
    • As a man, you can do la bise with female friends, family, or peers, or female strangers met in an informal context.
    • As a man, you can also do la bise with your male friends and family, but it usually takes a higher level of intimacy and some people just don’t do it.

    It might seem easier for women, but it’s not! When joining a big group of male and female co-workers, for instance, men can just do la bise to women and shake hands with men. Women, on the other hand, are somehow expected to do la bise to everyone. In my experience, however, it’s perfectly fine to just wave or shake hands. If anybody gets offended, they’re just not worth your time.

    When joining a group of friends, you may have to do la bise to every single one of them and repeat the same social ritual when you leave. It might sound tedious, but with practice you’ll become fluent with la bise and greet everyone in no time!

    Oh, and never be pushy! If you go for la bise and the other person doesn’t mirror your leaning movement or give you their hand to shake, just pack up your bise and don’t get bitter! While in France, you can just let your French hosts take the initiative and follow their bise habits.

    7. How FrenchPod101 Can Help You Learn More French

    You’ve learned how to say “Hello” in French and to rival with native speakers using fancy greetings and cool slangs. Together, we’ve unraveled the mysteries of la bise and you’re now ready for any casual or formal French encounter at any time of the day!

    Next time you bump into a French person, offer them your most graceful Salut ! or Bonjour and see what happens next. Or why not prepare short dialogues to practice, and get comfortable with the Tu and the Vous?

    FrenchPod101 has many resources, such as vocabulary lists, to help you improve your French in no time. You can download them for free from our website! Check out our list of Common ways to say “Hello” with audio recordings to practice your accent.

    Thank you and we hope that you enjoy learning French with us! Now take your knowledge from this French greetings guide, get out there, and make the most of your new French language skills!

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    How to use the French verb Monter

    How To Use The French Verb Monter

    Table of Contents

    1. Definition of the verb ‘Monter’
    2. Which auxiliary verb to use with the verb ‘Monter’?
    3. ÊTRE and AVOIR Conjugation in Indicative
    4. When it has a Direct Object Complement (DOC), the verb Monter necessarily conjugates with the auxiliary AVOIR.
    5. When the subject is a person
    6. To talk about a level or a price
    7. The verb ‘Monter’ conjugated
    8. 10 French expressions with ‘Monter’
    9. When ‘Monter’ is a noun

    Hi everyone, in this article I share with you How to use the verb Monter.

    1. Definition of the Verb Monter

    1- Move up

    • Example :
      • Nous montons au sommet de la montagne. ? We climb to the top of the mountain.

    2- Increase, grow

    • Example :
      • Le niveau du fleuve a monté. ? The level of the river has risen.

    3- Put yourself on an animal or in a vehicle

    • Example :
      • Il monte à cheval. ? He rides horseback.
      • Elle monte dans la voiture. ? She gets in the car.

    Verb

    2. Which auxiliary verb to use with the verb Monter ?

    Depending on the context, the verb Monter is conjugated with

    • the auxiliary verb AVOIR
    • or

    • the auxiliary verb ÊTRE

    Verb

    3. ÊTRE and AVOIR conjugation in indicative

    ÊTRE
    Present tense Past tense
    je suis j’étais
    tu es tu étais
    il est il était
    nous sommes nous étions
    vous êtes vous étiez
    ils sont ils étaient

    AVOIR
    Present tense Past tense
    j’ai j’avais
    tu as tu avais
    il a il avait
    nous avons nous avions
    vous avez vous aviez
    ils ont ils avaient

    4. When it has a Direct Object Complement (DOC), the verb Monter necessarily conjugates with the auxiliary AVOIR.

    To find out if the sentence contains a DOC, we ask the question QUOI (WHAT) or QUI (WHO) after the verb.

    The verb + QUOI (WHAT) ? / QUI (WHO) ?

    Examples :

    • J’ai mangé une pomme. ? I ate an apple.
    • J’ai mangé QUOI ? – une pomme. ? I ate WHAT ? – an apple.
    • Guillaume a attendu sa mère. ? Guillaume waited for his mother.
    • Guillaume a attendu QUI ? – Sa mère. ? Guillaume waited for WHO ? – his mother.
    • Julien a monté l’escalier rapidement. ? Julien climbed the stairs quickly.
    • Elle lui avait monté dans sa chambre quelques livres et un verre d’eau. ? She had brought him some books and a glass of water in his room.
    • J’ai même monté les valises dans sa chambre moi-même. ? I even bring the suitcases to his room myself.
    • Ses amis lui ont monté un bateau pour son anniversaire. ? His friends built him a boat for his birthday.

    5. When the subject is a person

    When the verb has no direct object complement, the two auxiliaries verbs (ÊTRE and AVOIR) are in competition. In fact, the auxiliary verb ÊTRE is used more often than the auxiliary verb AVOIR when the subject of the verb is a person. Note that AVOIR is sometimes possible in some contexts.

    Examples :

    ÊTRE

    • Simone n’est jamais montée dans un avion. ? Simone never got on a plane.
    • Harold est monté se reposer quelques minutes. ? Harold went up to rest a few minutes.
    • Jeanne est montée à cheval pour la première fois la semaine dernière. ? Jeanne rode for the first time last week.
    • Ils sont montés sur le toit pour enlever la neige. ? They climbed onto the roof to remove the snow.
    • Philippe est immédiatement monté sur ses grands chevaux. ? Philippe is immediately mounted on his big horses.

    AVOIR

    • Sylvie a monté les valises dans sa chambre. ? Sylvie packed the suitcases in her room.

    Price Level

    6. To talk about a level or a price

    When Monter is used when speaking of a level or a price, the auxiliary verb AVOIR is used more often than the auxiliary ÊTRE.

    Examples :

    • Le thermomètre a monté à vingt-six degrés dans l’après-midi. ? The thermometer rose to twenty-six degrees in the afternoon. (or Le thermomètre est monté à vingt-six degrés).
    • Le prix de l’essence a monté en flèche hier. ? The price of gasoline skyrocketed yesterday.
    • L’eau du lac a monté encore aujourd’hui. ? The lake’s water has risen again today.
    • Les enchères ont monté particulièrement haut pour cet article. ? Auctions rose particularly high for this article.

    7. The verb Monter conjugated

    Indicative
    With the auxiliary ÊTRE
    The indicative mode is used wherever the real can be expressed.
    The indicative is the time that makes it possible to grasp the facts, the acts, the opinions or the thoughts in their realization.
    Present tense Past tense
    je monte je suis monté(e)
    tu montes tu es monté(e)
    il monte il/elle est monté(e)
    nous montons nous sommes monté(e)s
    vous montez vous êtes monté(e)s
    ils montent ils/elles sont monté(e)s
    Present tense Past tense
    je montais j’étais monté(e)
    tu montais tu étais monté(e)
    il montait il/elle était monté(e)
    nous montions nous étions monté(e)s
    vous montiez vous étiez monté(e)s
    ils montaient ils/elles étaient monté(e)s
    Future
    je monterai
    je monterai
    tu monteras
    il montera
    nous monterons
    vous monterez
    ils monteront

    Conditional
    We use the conditional to mark:
    Politeness
    An advice
    A suggestion
    A reproach
    Almost confirmed information
    A wish
    An imaginary fact
    Present tense
    je monterais
    tu monterais
    il monterait
    nous monterions
    vous monteriez
    ils monteraient

    Subjunctive
    With the auxiliary ÊTRE
    The subjunctive is the time of doubt, of uncertainty
    Present tense Past tense
    que je monte que je sois monté(e)
    que tu montes que tu sois monté(e)
    qu’il monte qu’il/elle soit monté(e)
    que nous montions que nous soyons monté(e)s
    que vous montiez que vous soyez monté(e)s
    qu’ils montent qu’ils/elles soient monté(e)s

    Imperative
    The imperative is the mode to express an order to the positive form or a defense to the negative form
    Present tense
    monte
    montons
    montez

    Indicative
    With the auxiliary AVOIR
    Present tense Past tense
    je monte j’ai monté
    tu montes tu as monté
    il monte il a monté
    nous montons nous avons monté
    vous montez vous avez monté
    ils montent ils ont monté
    Present tense Past tense
    je montais j’avais monté
    tu montais tu avais monté
    il montait il avait monté
    nous montions nous avions monté
    vous montiez vous aviez monté
    ils montaient ils avaient monté
    Future
    je monterai
    tu monteras
    il montera
    nous monterons
    vous monterez
    ils monteront

    Subjunctive
    With the auxiliary AVOIR
    Presente Past
    que je monte que j’aie monté
    que tu montes que tu aies monté
    qu’il monte qu’il ait monté
    que nous montions que nous ayons monté
    que vous montiez que vous ayez monté
    qu’ils montent qu’ils aient monté

    Translation

    8. 10 French expressions with Monter

    The French expression / the literal translation into English = what does it mean

    1. La génération qui monte / The rising generation = the generation that comes to adulthood
    2. Le ton monte / Tone up = a situation of tension is created between people. The tone is the way a person says or writes something
    3. La moutarde lui monte au nez / Mustard goes to his nose = he starts to get angry
    4. Monter à cheval / Ride a horse = to practice riding
    5. Monter le son / mount the sound (of a sound device) = to make the sound lower
    6. Monter une couleur = give it more intensity
    7. Monter la gamme = pass from the lowest sounds to the highest sounds
    8. Monter une pièce de théâtre = put a play on stage
    9. Monter au filet / Climb to the net = engage vigorously in an action
    10. Monter à la tête de quelqu’un = obsessed, troubled, stunned by something

    Noun

    9. When Monter is a noun

    1 - Action to go up

    • Example :
      • Il est en train de faire une montée. ? He is doing a climb.

    2 - Place where we go up.

    • Example :
      • Prenez par la montée, c’est le chemin le plus court. ? Take the climb, it is the shortest way.

    3 - A little slope in front of a building

    • Example :
      • La montée du Capitole, à Rome, est grande. ? The slope of the Capitol, in Rome, is great.

    4 - All that goes up

    • Example :
      • La montée de la sève dans les plantes. ? The rise of sap in plants.

    Thank you for reading this article. Hope you enjoyed it and leave a comment if you have any question.

    Thomas Ricomard
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    Top 30 Useful French Phrases and Expressions You Must Know to Survive

    Top 10 French Phrases

    Learning a new language can be increasingly challenging—especially if you’re learning a language that dates all the way back to the Roman Empire and has multiple variations all over the world.

    According to About-France.com, French is an official or second language in 55 countries worldwide and almost 300 million people speak French as their native or second language.

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    My childhood friend’s grandfather was the French teacher at my high school, so instead of taking Spanish—which would have been a tad more useful in the United States—I chose French. (Not to mention my birthday is also Bastille Day, some would call it a sign.)

    I started taking French when I was 14 years old. From there, I took French 1, French 2 and Honors French 3 in high school; I was French Club president my senior year of high school; and in college, I took Intensive Elementary French 121 and 221 (the difference is the courses counted for six credit hours instead of three, meaning two semesters were jammed into one).

    I was very fortunate to get to travel to multiple European cities with my high school French teacher and some classmates the summer before my high school senior year, including Paris. And let me just say, without knowing some useful French phrases, I’m not sure how I would have made it.

    Contrary to (the not-so) popular belief, showing up to Paris only knowing bonjour, merci, and oui will not get you very far à La Ville Lumière (“in the City of Lights”).

    However, since not everyone has the ability to take three years of French before traveling to France, here are some tips to get you going with the French basics, or at least teach you some useful French phrases.

    Table of Contents

    1. 4 Ways to Learn Useful French Phrases
    2. Top 30 Useful French Phrases and Expressions You Must Learn to Survive
    3. Bonus: Other Useful French Words

    1. 4 Ways to Learn Useful French Phrases

    Memorise

    a. Create Flashcards on Memrise

    One of the most traditional (and for many, most effective) studying tricks is creating flashcards. However, trying to create and organize hundreds of flashcards to help you learn a whole new language can be extremely frustrating. You have to subcategorize each word or phrase, make sure your handwriting is legible and also not break the bank with how many index cards you’ll need to buy.

    This is why I recommend using Memrise. Memrise is a virtual flashcard website specifically designed to help you learn a new language! Just go to the website and select which language you want to learn!

    For example, to help you learn useful French words or phrases, you would need to select “French” and then “Beginner.” From there it will let you either create a Memrise account or sign in through your Facebook or Google account, and you’re ready to start learning!

    Instead of you deciding what useful French words and phrases you need to know, Memrise has already done that for you! This will save you a lot of time and effort, and will give you more time to study.

    Online Lesson

    b. Book a One-on-One Online Lesson

    For those who need a little more help than what flashcards can offer, booking an interactive online lesson with a native-speaking teacher (or a teacher who is completely fluent) would prove to be extremely beneficial!

    Especially with French, pronunciation is really important. Practicing the pronunciation of any useful French phrases you have memorized with someone completely fluent will serve as a stronger learning tool than you can imagine.

    There are words in French that are pretty similar sounding if you don’t know the proper pronunciation, so you could spend all this time memorizing the phrase, but when you try saying it to a francophone (French-speaking) person they won’t have a clue what you’re trying to say.

    While online translators (especially Google Translate) have stepped up their game in the past few years, they are certainly not as trustworthy as coaching from someone who is fluent in French.

    Watching Movies

    c. Watch French movies or television shows and listen to French music

    Familiarizing yourself with French entertainment is another great way to help you master pronunciation. Plus with the amazing inventions of Netflix and Hulu, or Spotify and Pandora, this is even easier to do!

    For films or television shows, I highly encourage watching with subtitles turned on. This way, you’re not only hearing the pronunciation but you could also pick up on even more helpful phrases!

    Since the film industry was historically heavily influenced by France, the United States Netflix honors that with a subcategory called “French films.” If the idea of looking over an entire subcategory of French films overwhelms you, here is a list of the top 20 French films on Netflix.

    Likewise, for music I would search for famous French musicians, look up their music and then look up the lyrics while listening. That way you can hear it as you read along!

    Two of my favorite French musicians are Stromae, a Belgian-French singer-songwriter-composer; and Carla Bruni, a French-Italian singer-songwriter who also happens to be married to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

    Especially if you’re as big into music as I am, being able to listen to music to help you learn a foreign language is way more exciting than textbooks!

    Trip to France

    d. Take a Trip to France

    If your ultimate goal is to become fully fluent in French, I would highly suggest taking a trip to France! I know for me, one thing that really helped was asking for help from French natives while in Paris.

    It’s important to acknowledge at first that you aren’t fluent in French. For example, I would start out any conversation with, Bonjour! Je ne sais pas beaucoup de français, mais… (“Hello! I don’t know a lot of French, but (…)”). Instead of just directly asking if the other person speaks English, I attempted to speak their language first, and if I failed miserably at least they knew why.

    While it might sound scary to just pick up and head to a country where you aren’t fluent in the language, you don’t understand the culture and you don’t know anyone there, it’s a great way to make yourself vulnerable enough to adapt.

    Of course, this isn’t always the easiest (or most financially painless) choice, but if the opportunity ever arises you should consider taking it!

    2. Top 30 Useful French Phrases and Expressions You Must Learn to Survive

    I mentioned earlier one phrase that definitely saved me while I was in France. Below is a list of 30 other useful French phrases I believe will help you out:

    Traveling to France

    1.Bonjour, ça va?
    “Hello, how’s it going?” This is a friendly, informal way to greet someone. If you’re meeting this person for the first time, it might be helpful to include your name before asking “how’s it going?” Further, if someone says this to you, kindly respond with, Très bien, merci! (“Very well, thank you!”)

    2. Comment allez-vous?
    “How are you?” If you’re looking to be more formal with someone, you can simply ask them how they’re doing. You can also respond to this question with Très bien, merci! or Pas mal, merci. (“Not bad, thank you.”)

    3. Je m’appelle (name).
    “My name is (name).” This is extremely important to know when greeting someone for the first time. Especially if you’re asking someone for help, you should at least let them know who you are!

    4. Comment t’appelles-tu ?
    “What is your name?” If you happen to recall a name, but are not absolutely sure that name belongs to that person, you could even say, Tu es (name), n’est-ce pas? (“You are (name), aren’t you?”)

    5. Enchanté(e)!
    “Nice to meet you!” After asking someone who they are and what their name is, it is polite to let them know that it is nice to meet them! If you are a woman, it’s important to include that second “e,” or the feminine form.

    6. Je vais bien.
    “I am fine.” Here is another phrase you can use if someone has asked you how you are or how’s it going, but there are plenty of other situations where letting someone know you’re fine will prove to be important.

    7. Très bien, merci. Et vous?
    “Very well, thank you. And you?” As I demonstrated earlier, this is a happy, upbeat response when someone asks how you are. However, if someone else asks you first, make sure to always counter with how they are doing! Saying et vous is the easiest way to do that!

    8. A bientôt/demain!
    “See you soon/tomorrow!” This is a friendlier way to say goodbye to someone.

    9. Au revoir!
    “Goodbye!” Hello and goodbye are always core phrases someone should know. Instead of saying goodbye, one might even say, Bonne journée! (“Have a nice day!”) or even, Bonne chance! (“Good luck!”)

    10. Quelle heure est-il?
    “What time is it?” This phrase will always come in handy, especially because most businesses close for a couple hours during lunch time. If you know what the time is, you’ll know when a store will open back up, for example.

    11. Est-ce que vous pourriez m’indiquer le chemin pour aller à (…)?
    “Could you show me the way to (…)?” If you can at least say this, you can simply follow with the name of the street, business, tourist attraction or restaurant you are trying to get to. Knowing how to ask for directions is very important.

    12. Je ne sais pas.
    “I don’t know.” This is what I used in my previous example, saying “I don’t know a lot of French.” Below I’ve also included other negatives that could come in handy!

    • ne … pas du tout (“not at all”)
    • ne … pas encore (“not yet”)
    • ne … plus (“not anymore”)
    • ne … jamais (“never”)

    13. Je ne crois pas que je connais l’adresse.
    “I don’t believe I know the address.” In today’s world, we are a lot luckier and can plug addresses into our smartphones. One useful French phrase to know how to ask is what that address is!

    14. Je ne sais pas quoi faire.
    “I don’t know what to do.” If you’re just completely unsure about where you are, where you’re going or what you need to do, this could prove to be an incredibly useful French phrase.

    15. Que voulez-vous dire?
    “What do you mean?” This is a great French phrase to know when you’re trying to keep up with the dialogue but somewhere along the way got lost.

    16. De quoi parlez-vous?
    “What are you talking about?” This is another great French phrase to know if you’re finding yourself completely confused in a conversation!

    17. Que fais-tu?
    “What are you doing?” If you’re trying to have more of a friendly conversation with someone, or you see someone doing something you’ve never seen before, this is a useful phrase to ask someone!

    18. Quel temps fait-il?
    “How’s the weather?” If you’re about to go outside but you’re not sure what the weather currently is, or even how it’s going to be, this is a great phrase to know. Below I’ve also included how to say “It is (…)” in case someone asks you!

    • Il fait (…)
    • chaud (“hot”)
    • beau (“beautiful”)
    • doux (“mild”)
    • du soleil (“sunny”)
    • mauvais (“bad”)
    • Il + pleut (“raining”)
    • il y a du vent (“windy”)

    There, of course, are other weather related responses out there, but these phrases are going to be the most useful for you to start with.

    19. Où se trouve (…)?
    “Where is (…) located?” There’s no better way to ask someone for directions than with this phrase. A person might even respond with, Voilà! which means “Here/There is/are” when pointing something out; they could also responds with (…) dans la rue (street name) (“(…) on (street name.)”)

    20. Avez-vous de l’argent/l’eau?
    “Do you have some money/water?” While I would hope you would never be in a situation where you need to ask somebody for money or water, I included this phrase just in case you have an emergency. Further, I included this phrase so you will know in case someone asks you.

    21. J’ai un peu d’argent.
    “I have a little money.” You just never know when this phrase will come in handy. Again, hopefully you’re never in a situation where you have to know this, but it’s one of those I find smart to hold onto.

    22. Répondez à ma question!
    “Answer my question!” You don’t have to say this in a yelling manner, it’s just how you’d phrase a command. You could follow the phrase with “please,” or s’il vous plait. Similarly, one might say Réponds-moi! (“Answer me!”)

    23. Bien sûr!
    “Of course!” This is also one of those staple phrases you should always have under your belt. It’s a more polite way to say “no problem,” which makes you look friendlier. If you wanted to show more excitement, you could even say Bien sûr que oui! (“Yes, of course!”)

    24. C’est vrai/faux
    “That is true/false.” You just never know when you’re going to need to know how to say this. C’est alone is how you would say “this/that is,” you’re welcome to follow with almost any useful French vocabulary word.

    25. Je voudrais (…)
    “I would like (…)” Use this French phrase when making a request. When ordering food, you can use this or you could simply say, Je veux (…) (“I want …”).

    26. Oui, j’en veux.
    “Yes, I’d like some.” Especially when it comes to restaurant etiquette, this is a very useful French phrase.

    27. C’était dèlicieux!
    “It was delicious!” While customers don’t leave tips for waiters and waitresses in most European countries, it is extremely polite to let the employee or chef know that what they prepared for you was delicious!

    28. Restes-y.
    “Stay there.” This is a useful phrase to say to someone if you’re asking for help with your group of friends. If you have to step away for a second, letting them know to stay will help not confuse the other person!

    29. Combien est-ce que ça coûte?
    “How much does it cost?” If you’re struggling to understand what the price of something is, and you only have a certain amount of money, this is a very useful French phrase to know!

    30. Voulez-vous venir?
    “Do you want to come?” Hopefully by using these useful French phrases you’ll be able to make a couple new French friends! Using this phrase could help expand the friendship by inviting them to hang out with you!

    3. Bonus: Other Useful French Words

    Similar to the useful French phrases, I have compiled a list of useful French words that everyone should know before traveling to France:

    Useful French Words

    1. Aujourd’hui - “Today.”

    2. Maintenant - “Now.”

    3. Régardez! - “Look (at)!”

    4. Ceux-là! - “Those!”

    5. Les langues (étrangères) - “(Foreign) languages.” From here, you might need to know how to say some of the languages in French:

    • Allemand(e): “German”
    • Anglais(e): “English”
    • Espagnol(e): “Spanish”

    6. D’accord - “Okay!”

    7. Il y a - “There is/are.”

    8. C’est ça? - “Right, is that so?”

    9. Alors - “So/Therefore.”

    10. Quand - “When?”

    11. Comment - “How?”

    12. Combien de - “How much/many?”

    13. Parce que. - “Because.”

    14. Pourquoi? - “Why?”

    15. Où est (…)? - “Where is (…)?”

    16. Oui - “Yes.”

    17. Non - “No.”

    18. Pas mal - “Not bad.”

    19. Francophone - “French-speaking.” (I mentioned this earlier but I wanted to reiterate.)

    20. Américain(e) - “American.”

    Inevitably, one of the best ways to start learning a foreign language is by learning useful phrases.

    While it’s not necessarily learning the basics, learning useful French phrases allows you to learn some pronunciation, along with verb structure and sentence structure.

    If you take the time to use these helpful tips, you’ll be ready for a trip to France in no time.

    There you’ll find yourself surrounded in French culture, getting to see the country and experience their completely different lifestyle can also help you master the language!

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    How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in French

    How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in French!

    Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

    However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

    Table of Contents

    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
    2. French Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
    4. How Can FrenchPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
    5. Top 1000 Most Useful Phrases in French - Testing New Technology

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    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

    Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in French? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million French words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

    1. funny - drôle
    2. joke - plaisanter
    3. surprise - surprendre
    4. sneaky - sournois
    5. prankster - farceur
    6. prank - farce
    7. lie - mentir
    8. humor - humour
    9. fool - idiot
    10. deceptive - trompeur
    11. April 1st - premier avril
    12. play a joke - faire une blague

    2. French Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

    French Phrases for April Fools' Day

    Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in French to prank your favorite French friend or colleague!

    1. I learned French in 1 month.
      • J’ai appris le français en un mois.
    2. All classes for today got canceled.
      • Tous les cours d’aujourd’hui ont été annulés.
    3. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
      • Je suis désolé, mais je viens de casser votre paire de lunettes préférée.
    4. Someone has just hit your car.
      • Quelqu’un vient de heurter votre voiture.
    5. I’m getting married.
      • Je vais me marier.
    6. You won a free ticket.
      • Vous avez gagné un billet gratuit.
    7. I saw your car being towed.
      • J’ai vu votre voiture se faire remorquer.
    8. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
      • Ils sont en train de donner des cartes-cadeaux gratuites devant l’immeuble.
    9. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
      • Un beau mec vous attend dehors.
    10. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
      • Une jolie femme m’a demandé de vous donner ce numéro de téléphone.
    11. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
      • Pouvez-vous descendre? J’ai quelque chose de spécial pour vous.
    12. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
      • Merci pour votre lettre d’amour de ce matin. Je n’aurais jamais deviné vos sentiments.

    Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

    Choose Bad or Good

    Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in French, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

    Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

    Cockroach prank

    1- Infestation

    This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

    2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

    Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

    3- Something Weird in the Restroom

    At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

    Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

    Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

    Funny Face

    4- Call Me Funny

    Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - 123-456-7890 - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

    5- Minty Cookies

    This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

    6- Wild Shopping

    At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

    7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

    Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

    8- Sneeze On Me

    Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

    9- Word Play Repairs

    Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

    10- Scary Face

    Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

    11- Wake Up To Madness

    Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

    Computer Prank

    12- Computer Prank

    This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

    Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

    13- Monster Under the Cup

    This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

    Door Prank

    14- Prank Door

    Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

    4. How Can FrenchPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?

    If you happen to visit France, or if you work for any French company, knowing the above French prankster phrases can really lighten up your day. Showing you have a sense of humor can go a long way to cement good relationships in any situation. These phrases are at your disposal for free, as well as are these 100 core French words, which you will learn how to pronounce perfectly.

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    French Word of the Day - toilet paper (noun)

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    papier toilette toilet paper (noun)

    J’ai acheté deux rouleaux de papier toilette.
    I bought two rolls of toilet paper.

    Sois sûr de toujours avoir du papier toilette en plus dans la salle de bain.
    Make sure you keep extra toilet paper in the bathroom.

    rouleau de papier toilette
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    4 Reasons Why French Slang Words Will Make You Fluent

    Learn 4 honest reasons you need French slang words and why they are so vital to truly learning and mastering the language.

    Teachers may normally cringe at the thought of their students learning French slang words. After all, slang words and phrases are typically defined as being grammatically incorrect. So why would your teacher want you to spend time learning the “wrong way” to speak French? Here are 4 of the top reasons why you should study slang words and expressions when learning French or any new language.

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    1. Native Speakers Use Slang Expressions in Everyday Conversation

    If you are going to study a foreign language and plan to use it to speak with native speakers, then you have to learn slang words and expressions. Otherwise, just using formal expressions and grammar may alienate you from native speakers and make it more difficult to establish a real connection. So it is best to at least learn some common slang words and expressions if you’re planning to meet or speak socially with someone.

    2. Slang Words Are Used All Throughout French Culture

    If you turn on any popular French TV show, listen to any song, or watch any movie, you are quickly going to see the value of learning French slang phrases. Just like everyday conversations between native speakers, French culture is filled with slang phrases and expressions. Without at least some knowledge of the more common slang phrases, popular culture and most conversations will be very confusing and potentially alienating.

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    3. Slang Expressions Help You Better Express Your True Thoughts and Feelings

    Only relying on formal grammar and vocabulary is very limiting, especially in social situations. Just like in your native language, using the appropriate French slang words can help you express a broader range of emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

    4. Proper Use of Slang Makes You Sound More Natural

    We’ve all met foreigners who technically used formal language perfectly but still sounded odd and well….foreign. But when you use the right slang words and expressions, you will sound more natural and like a true native speaker. If you notice, even most politicians include a sprinkling of slang expressions and words throughout their speeches to help them sound more natural and to better connect with the audience.

    The Dark Side of Slang Expressions

    Learning French slang words can indeed help you sound more natural, better understand the people and culture, and make integration much easier. However, there is a dark side: using the wrong slang expressions can also make you look foolish, uneducated, and potentially disrespectful.

    But how do you know which slang words or phrases to use and when?

    The truth is that you can’t learn the most modern and appropriate slang words in textbooks or formal classroom settings. By the time the information gets incorporated into a formal curriculum, it’s already outdated and no longer in use by actual French people. And while you can learn current slang expressions from French TV shows, movies, songs, and games, you may not understand the context. If that happens, you may use the right French slang words but in the wrong situation and still look like a fool or possibly even offend someone.

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    So where can you learn current slang expressions and the right context in which to use them?

    At FrenchPod101, native speaking instructors create audio and video lessons that can include slang expressions and words. Our instructors provide context and examples for all the French slang words used in any lesson to make sure students understand the right time and place to use them.

    French slang words and expressions may be grammatically incorrect but they are vital to truly understanding and immersing yourself in the culture. In fact, it will be very difficult to fully understand any movie, TV show, song, game, or even 1-on-1 conversation without knowing a few of the more common slang expressions.

    However, it is important to learn the proper context and use of even popular slang expressions or you may come across as confusing, disrespectful, or uneducated.
    At FrenchPod101, you’ll learn how to use slang phrases and words to draw the right attention and avoid these problems.

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    French Slang Part I

    For French learners: You need to know that, unfortunately, the real world looks a bit different from what you learnt, more confusing and less structured with the use of slang. Here we will tell you why you must study slang, and you will learn 5 of the most used French slangs in everyday life and how to use them properly!

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    Slang is an aspect of language that isn’t usually taught in the classroom but is an important part of becoming proficient in any language. A person learning French might attend daily classes. They might study the grammar and the formalities and might even produce complex and coherent sentences. But, take this student out of the classroom and away from the textbooks, and they will encounter a world of language that breaks the rules they learned.

    Although studying proper French rules is important, slang is unavoidable, no matter what language you’re speaking. In drama and music, conversations and advertising, language becomes less formal and goes less and less “by the rules”. Real-life French is so different from the textbooks.

    Taking the time to understand slang and informal speech will boost your communication and language skills, and save a whole lot of confusion. Slang will allow you to use language in a current, useful way. No amount of time in class can prepare you for the contemporary nuances you’ll be faced with when you put your language knowledge to practical use out in the real world.

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    It’s time to cover common French slang expressions that are used every day in France!

    1. Vachement - really

    The word vachement is a slang expression meaning “really.” You can use this expression when you want to emphasize something. It can be both used with positive or negative words. It is stronger than très (”very”). This expression is often used by young people.

    Ce gâteau est vachement bon!
    This cake is really good!

    2. Etre bourré(e) - to be drunk

    The phrase être bourré(e) literally means “to be stuffed.” But when it’s used as a slang expression, it means “be drunk.” You can use this expression when you want to talk about being drunk. This phrase is less formal than ivre and is mostly used with family or friends. This expression is often used by young people.

    Tout le monde était bourré à la soirée d’hier.
    Everyone was drunk at yesterday’s party.

    3. Faire un tabac - to be a hit

    The phrase faire un tabac literally means “make a tobacco.” But when it’s used as a slang expression, it means “to be a hit.” You can use this expression when you are talking about something that is a major success.This expression is used often by everyone.

    Ce film a fait un tabac chez les jeunes.
    This movie was a hit among young people.

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    4. Ne pas faire long feu - to not last long

    The expression ne pas faire long feu literally means “not make long fire.” But when it’s used as a slang expression, it means “to not last long.”
    You can use this expression when you talk about something that doesn’t last very long, or something that ends rapidly. It is often used when someone is about to go to bed, to insist that this person is so tired that she won’t make it much longer if she doesn’t go to bed ASAP. This expression is used often by everyone.

    Mon appareil photo n’a plus de batterie, il ne va pas faire long feu.
    My camera don’t have battery anymore; it won’t last much longer.

    5. Piger - get

    The word piger literally means “understand.” But when it’s used as a slang expression, it means “get.” You can use this expression when you are with your friends or family. It is stronger than the neutral word comprendre (”to understand” ) and has a negative connotation.
    This expression is often used by young people.

    Je n’ai rien pigé à ce qu’il a dit.
    I didn’t get anything from what he said.

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    Top 20 French Words and Phrases you need to survive the Apocalypse

    Zombies are coming, and they speak French! Do you have what it takes to survive? No?
    How lucky you are, we have exactly what you need. Here is the Top 20 Words and Phrases you need to survive this Apocalypse!

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    -infection (n) fem
    infection

    -peur (n) fem
    scary

    -crâne (n) masc
    skull

    -tombe (n) fem
    grave

    -chair de poule fem
    goose bumps

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    -apocalypse (n) fem
    apocalypse

    -sortir du tombeau
    rise from the grave

    -Des zombies! Cours!
    Zombies! Run!

    -S’il y avait une attaque de zombies, où iriez-vous?
    If there was a zombie attack, where would you go?

    -surnaturel (adj)
    supernatural

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    -provisions (n) fem
    food supply

    -mort-vivant (n) masc
    walking dead

    -Quel est votre film de zombies préféré?
    What’s your favorite zombie movie?

    -imagination (n) fem
    imagination

    -culture populaire fem
    pop culture

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    -eau fraîche fem
    fresh water

    -cadavre (n) masc
    corpse

    -horrible (adj)
    gruesome

    -cacher (v)
    hide

    -cimetière (n) masc
    graveyard

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    How to Learn French in Your Car?

    How to Learn French in Your Car? Learn language in car

    Stuck in traffic? Losing time in your car? Have you ever felt that in all this wasted time, you could have watched the 750 episodes of One Piece, finished the last Super Mario ten times, or even better…you could have learned French? Between family, friends and work, in addition to this time-consuming commute, it can become difficult to find time to properly learn French.

    Fortunately, every problem has a solution, and what could be a better solution than turning that commute time into learning time? Stop passing the time mindlessly listening to the radio and try some of our best tips for mastering French in your car!

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    You can learn French in your car, hands free
    While driving, it’s important that you keep your focus on the road, so this is why our top tips won’t require you to use your hands!

    Listening to French audio content in the car is a good way to learn
    This is because it is a fun and efficient way to learn. With FrenchPod101.com podcasts, you will be able to discover French culture through topics about everyday life. Instead of the radio, listen to a French podcast adapted to your level, from Absolute Beginner to Advanced, and you will make progress sooner that you would expect!

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    You can listen to French music in the car
    Did you know that you can learn French by singing while driving? Listen to songs from cartoon or drama and try to identify some words you learned.

    Challenge yourself! Use the French you’ve studied up to this point and see how much you understand! Making the jump to real-life French is a scary one, but friendly children’s songs are a great place to start!

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    You can learn alone in your car
    When you’re driving alone, you can be as loud as you want – there is nothing better for remembering your French lessons than repeating loudly, again and again. Next time you see a driver who seems to be talking alone, you will know he or she is just learning French!

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    You can learn through repetition with your passengers
    If there are passengers in the car, it can be more stimulating to learn together. You can set a role play with French dialogues. With FrenchPod101.com, you can download all the lessons transcript including the dialogues, as a PDF. Print it out and have some fun speaking in French!

    One of the passengers can answer the quiz available on each of our lessons, while another can correct that person. Listening to someone at a more advanced level of French or a better accent is positive and helps you improve.

    You can learn French offline
    Do you have a poor connection or are unable to use the Internet? It’s not a problem for learning French! Before you start your commute, use our App to download the lessons you want to study and the podcast you want to listen to in your car, and you will be able to enjoy your lessons offline. Entering a tunnel won’t be a problem anymore. What a pleasure to listen to audio content without having the host freezing every 5 seconds!

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    You can learn every day at your own pace
    One of the best approaches for learning a language is little by little and often. It’s not efficient to take in a huge amount of information at one time. What you need is to study on a regular basis – a little bit of French every day. You commute several days a week, and that is all time you can take advantage of!

    You have the freedom to choose the lessons and podcasts you want to focus on, at your own rhythm. You may want to do a little revision or discover how to talk about a new topic. And if you’re wondering what to learn next, you can use the new Learning Paths, which is our customized pathway feature that gives you a step-by-step way to learn French without getting lost!

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    If you don’t have a car and commute by another method, these tips are still valid! Learning French is no longer limited to the classroom or your house; there are so many benefits to learning in your car or elsewhere. Reaching a conversational level will take you less time than you could ever have imagined! Don’t forget to sign up for your Free Lifetime Account and enjoy our content!