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Basic French Questions and Answers to Help You Get by in France

French in Normandy

Being in France can be an adventure in itself. The culture, architecture and food, amongst many other aspects, can make your trip to France one to remember. We would not want you to miss out on any of this adventure, so today, we are giving you some helpful basic French questions and answers to help you get by during your stay in France.

basic french questions

The Basics:

Questions Answers
How are you? – Comment allez-vous? I’m doing well, and you? – Je vais bien, et vous?
How are you? (shorter version) – Ça va? Fine, thanks, and you? – Bien, merci. Et vous?
Good, thanks. – Bien, merci
Not bad – Pas trop mal



Questions Answers
What’s your name? – Comment tu t’appelles? My name is… – Je m’appelle
Where are you from? – D’où viens-tu? I’m from… – Je viens de
How old are you? – Quel âge as-tu? I’m _ years old – J’ai _ ans
What do you do for a living? – Tu fais quoi comme metier? I’m a/am – Je suis un (m) /une (f)


Difficult Situations:

Questions Answers
Do you speak English? – Est-ce que vous parlez anglais? Yes, I speak English – Oui, je parle anglais
  A little bit – Un peu
Can you translate for me? – Pouvez-vous traduire pour moi?
Do you understand? – Est-ce que tu me comprends? I don’t understand – Je ne comprends pas
I don’t speak French very well – Je ne parle pas bien français
Could you speak slower? – Pouvez-vous parler plus lentement?
Could you repeat that please? – Pourriez-vous répéter, s’il vous plaît?


Small Talk:

Questions Answers
What’s the weather like? – Quel temps fait-il? It’s cloudy – Le temps est couvert

It’s cold – Il fait froid

It’s hot – Il fait chaud

It’s raining – Il pleut

It’s snowing – Il neige

It’s windy – Il fait du vent


Everyday Life Questions:

How much is it? – C’est combien?
Where can I find…? – Où est-ce que je peux trouver. . .?
Where are the bathrooms? – Où sont les toilettes?
Do you have…? – Avez-vous…?
What’s happening? / What’s going on? – Qu’est-ce qui se passe?


We hope these basic French questions will help you during your stay in France. If before or during your stay, you decide that you want to join like-minded people, who are also interested in the French language, contact us by filling our form here. Our staff and teachers at French in Normandy will be happy to help you improve your French language skills, whilst showing you around the beautiful region of Normandy.