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In today's lesson, we'll introduce you to some phrases that hopefully you won't ever have to use. When traveling to France, while the threat of physical violence is not prevalent, you should always be careful. In addition, this phrase is not limited to threatening situations, but you can also use it in the unfortunate event that you or someone around you is in the need of immediate assistance. Today, we'll learn how to call for help.

Lesson focus

In French, "Help!" is Au secours.
Au secours.
Let’s break it down by syllable: Au secours.
Now let's hear it once again: Au secours.
The first word, au, means something like "to the."
Let's break down this word and hear it one more time: au
And, au
It’s actually made of two words - a and le, “to” and “the.” Contracted together, they make au.
This is followed by secours, which in French is something like "help."
And, secours
So all together, we have Au secours. Literally, this means "to the help."
In French, you can call for the police by simply yelling "Police!"
Let’s break it down by syllable: Police
Now let's hear it once again: Police
The phone number for the police in France is 17.
The French word for “Help!" is Au secours, but the pronunciation of it and the heat of emergency can cut short. The French pronounce this word Au secours.
Au secours.
Of course, as a non-French person, it is likely that your cry for help won’t come out in French, but in English where your reflexes lie. If you scream “Help,” most people will know what you're saying, so go ahead.


Okay, to close out this lesson, we'd like you to practice what you've just learned. I'll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you're responsible for shouting it aloud. You have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so bonne chance, that means “good luck” in French. Ok, here we go!
“Help!” - Au secours !
Au secours !
Au secours !
“Police!” - Police !
Police !
Police !
This is the end of today’s lesson. See you soon! À bientôt!