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French For Dummies

By: Zoe Erotopoulos and Dodi-Katrin Schmidt Published: 08-30-2011

The fast, informal way to learn to speak French - with integrated audio clips throughout. Listen to pronunciations and conversations.  

French is a beautiful language but quite difficult to learn. Whether you need to learn the language for a French class, or you travel overseas for business or leisure, this enhanced edition of French for Dummies can help. Written in an easy-to-follow format, with integrated audio clips, it gives you just what you need for basic communication in French. The enhanced edition includes: 

  • Expanded coverage of necessary grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciations
  • Useful exercises, practice questions, and a mini-dictionary

Business, an upcoming class, travel – whatever your reason for wanting to learn a new language but don't have time to take a class, this enhanced edition of French For Dummies can get you well on your way to becoming fluent in no time!

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French For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 01-19-2022

Whether you’re planning a trip to France or to a French-speaking country or you just want to learn a little French, knowing a few helpful expressions can make you feel more comfortable with the language. In this handy Cheat Sheet, you'll find basic French expressions, questions for gathering information or asking for help, and phrases to use in a restaurant. You'll also find the dates and numbers in French.

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Ordering in a French Restaurant

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

If you go to a French restaurant, these expressions can come in very handy. Practice them first, so that you can relax and enjoy the dining experience. English French Pronunciation The menu, please. Le menu, s’il vous plaît. luh muh-new, seel vooh pleh. I’d like. . . . Je voudrais. . . . zhuh vooh-dreh. . . . What do you recommend/suggest? Qu’est-ce que vous recommandez/suggérez? kehs-kuh vooh ruh-kohh-mahN-dey/sooh-zhey-rey? Another (beer) please. Encore (une bière), s’il vous plaît. ahN-kohr (ewn byehr), seel vooh pleh. The check, please. L’addition, s’il vous plaît. lah-dee-syohN, seel vooh pleh. A receipt, please. Un reçu, s’il vous plaît. uhN ruh-sew, seel vooh pleh. Enjoy your meal. Bon appétit! bohN-nah-pey-tee!

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Basic Questions in French

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Knowing how to ask a few basic questions in French can come in very handy when you travel to a French-speaking country and need to know the time or where something is located or just want to get some basic information, English French Pronunciation Do you speak English? Est-ce que vous parlez anglais? ehs-kuh vooh pahr-ley ahN-gleh? How are you? Comment allez-vous? koh-mahN-tah-ley-vooh? Would you help me please? Pourriez-vous m’aider? pooh-ree-ey vooh mey-dey ? What’s your name? Comment vous appelez-vous? koh-mahN vooh-zah-pley-vooh? What time is it? Quelle heure est-il ? kehl uhr eh-teel? What’s the weather like? Quel temps fait-il? kehl tahN feh-teel? How much does . . . cost? Combien coûte…? kohN-byaN kooht. . . ? Where can I find . . .? Où est-ce que je peux trouver. . .? ooh ehs-kuh zhuh puh trooh-vey....? Where are the bathrooms? Où sont les toilettes? ooh sohN ley twah-leht? Do you have. . . ? Avez-vous…? ah-vey vooh. . . ? Where is. . . ? Où est…? ooh eh…? Could you please speak more slowly? Pourriez-vous parler plus lentement, s’il vous plaît? pooh-ree-ey-vooh pahr-ley plew lahNt-mahN, seel vooh pleh? Could you repeat that, please? Pourriez-vous répéter, s’il vous plaît? pooh-ree-ey-vooh rey-pey-tey, seel vooh pleh?

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The French Calendar

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Getting to know the days and months of the French calendar helps you keep track of your travel plans, French holidays, and engagements. The following tables list the days of the week and months of the year in French. Days of the Week in French English French Pronunciaton Monday lundi luhN-dee Tuesday mardi mahr-dee Wednesday mercredi mehr-kruh-dee Thursday jeudi zhuh-dee Friday vendredi vahN-druh-dee Saturday samedi sahm-dee Sunday dimanche dee-mahNsh Months of the Year in French English French Pronunciation January janvier zhahN-vyey February février fey-vryey March mars mahrs April avril ah-vreel May mai meh June juin zhwaN July juillet zhwee-yeh August août ooht September septembre sehp-tahN-bruh October octobre ohk-toh-bruh November novembre noh-vahN-bruh December décembre dey-sahN-bruh

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French Phrases for Emergencies

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

If you’re traveling in a French-speaking country and find yourself in an urgent situation, you can get the assistance you need by memorizing these important French phrases. English French Pronunciation Help! Au secours! oh skoohr! Police! Police! poh-lees! Fire! Au feu! Oh fuh! Get a doctor! Cherchez un médecin/un docteur! sheh-rshey uhN meyd-saN/uhN dohk-tuhr! I am sick. Je suis malade. zhuh swee mah-lahd. Could you indicate/point out [to me] how to get to. . . ?) Pourriez-vous m’indiquer comment aller. . . ? pooh-ree-ey-vooh maN-dee-key kohN-maN-tah-ley. . . ?

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Useful French Expressions and Greetings

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

These French greetings and expressions will come in very handy when you travel to a French-speaking country. With these expressions, you can communicate politely when speaking to French natives. English French Pronunciation Hello/Good day! Bonjour! bohN-zhoohr! Good evening! Bon soir! bohN-swahr! Good-bye! Au revoir! ohr-vwahr! Please. S’il vous plaît. seel vooh pleh. You’re welcome. Je vous en prie./De rien. zhuh vooh-zahN pree./duh ryahN. Thank you. Merci. mehr-see. Excuse me. Pardon./Excusez-moi. pahr-dohN./eks-kew-zey-mwah. My name is . . . . Je m’appelle. . . . zhuh mah-pehl. . . . Pleased to meet you. Enchanté./Enchantée. ahN-shahN-tey.

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French Numbers

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

When traveling in a French-speaking country, you need to know numbers for shopping, dining, transportation, and exchanging money. With this list, you can start practicing numbers in French. 0 zéro (zey-roh) 17 dix-sept (dee-seht) 1 un (uhN) 18 dix-huit (deez-weet) 2 deux (duh) 19 dix-neuf (deez-nuhf) 3 trois (trwah) 20 vingt (vaN) 4 quatre (kah-truh) 21 vingt et un (vaN-tey-uhN) 5 cinq (saNk) 22 vingt-deux (vahNt-duh) 6 six(sees) 30 trente (trahNt) 7 sept (seht) 40 quarante (kah-rahNt) 8 huit (weet) 50 cinquante (saN-kahNt) 9 neuf (nuhf) 60 soixante (swah-sahNt) 10 dix (dees) 70 soixante-dix (swah-sahNt-dees) 11 onze (ohNz) 80 quatre-vingts (kah-truh-vaN) 12 douze (doohz) 90 quatre-vingt-dix (kah-truh-vaN-dees) 13 treize (trehz) 100 cent (sahN) 14 quatorze (kah-tohrz) 200 deux cents (duh sahN) 15 quinze (kaNz) 1000 mille (meel) 16 seize (sehz)

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