• French course for beginners
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  • 1 French greetings (Hello in French) [0/3]
  • 2 How to introduce yourself in French [0/3]
  • 3 Cardinal numbers in French [0/3]
  • 4 Ordinal numbers in French [0/3]
  • 5 Telling the time in French [0/3]
  • 6 Months and days of the week in French [0/3]
  • 7 Colors in French [0/3]
  • 8 Describe a person in French [0/3]
  • 9 Talking about the weather in French [0/3]
  • 10 Asking for directions in French [0/3]
  • 11 French travel phrases and vocabulary [0/3]
  • 12 Food and drinks in French [0/3]
  • 13 Family members in French [0/3]
  • 14 Names of Countries in French [0/3]
  • 15 The grocery store in French (fruits, vegetables....)
  • 16 Animal names in French (horse, dog, cat...)
  • 17 Clothing in French (shoes, clothes...)
  • 18 Birthday wishes in French and party words
  • 19 I love you in French (emotions, feelings)
  • French travel phrases and vocabulary

    You want to travel to a French speaking country and to live there for a certain period of time? Then you should at least learn the most important travel-related words and phrases in French! In this lesson you can find out how to respond and interact with others at the airport, at the bus stop, in the hotel or in the shop.

    First of all, I will show you the most important vocabulary related with public transportation. Afterwards, you will find a list with some useful vocabulary about the topic accommodation and going to shopping.

    Travel-related sentences

    At the airport  

     "How many pieces of luggage can I take?", "When do I have to be at the gate?" are one of the common questions you ask yourself when traveling by plane. So, to be able to answer these any many other questions at the counter of an airport, you should master some related vocabulary.mü

    English  French
    airport l`aéroport
    flight le vol
    entrance l´entrée
    exit la sortie
    departure hall l´hall de départ
    arrival hall l´hall d’arrivée
    terminal une aérogare
    gate la porte
    counter le comptoir
    window seat le siège du côté hublot
    aisle seat le siège du côté couloir
    boarding pass  la carte d'embarquement
    carry-on luggage les bagages à main
    check-in l'enregistrement
    one-way ticket un billet simple
    round trip ticket un billet aller-retour
    early en avance
    late en retard
    duty-free une boutique hors taxes

    Example dialogue

    French

    Marie: Bonjour, est-ce que vous pouvez m´aider?

    Paul:  Bien sûr!

    Marie: J´ai oublié ma carte d'embarquement. Qu'est-ce que je dois faire maintenant?

    Paul: Vous pouvez vous enregistrer aussi ici, à l´aéroport.

    Marie: Donc, j´ai un vol direct vers Paris et j'ai seulement des bagages à main.

    Paul: Le bagage peut avoir 20 kilos maximum. Vous devez vous présenter à la porte 15 minutes avant l’heure du départ.

    Marie: Merci beaucoup.

    Paul: Merci à vous et bon voyage!

    English

    Marie: Good morning, can you help me, please?

    Paul: Of course.

    Marie: I forgot my boarding pass. What can I do now?

    Paul: You can check in also at the airport.

    Marie: Ok, so I have a flight for Paris and carry-on luggage.

    Paul: The luggage can have 20kg maximum and you need to be at gate 15 minutes before the flight.

    Marie: Thank you very much.

    Paul: Thank you and have a nice trip.

    At the bus station

    Travelling with a bus can be another option. To complete this topic, check the lesson before about Asking for directions in French.

    English  French
    bus station la gare routière
    bus stop un arrêt
    intercity bus un car
    local bus un bus
    traffic la circulation
    bus ticket un ticket
    book of 10 tickets un carnet
    ticket office le guichet
    platform le quai
    ticket prices les tarifs
    journey  un trajet
    last stop un terminus
    timetable l'horaire
    to arrive arriver
    to board monter dans
    to buy a ticket acheter un ticket
    to validate ticket composter son ticket

    Example dialogue

    French

    Marie: Bonjour, je voudrais acheter un carnet direction Versailles.

    Paul: Le prix est  de 10€, le trajet dure 2 heures.

    Marie: Bien et pouvez-vous me dire l'horaire?

    Paul: Donc, le car part à 10 heures et le terminus pour votre direction est le château de Versailles.

    Marie: Merci beaucoup pour votre aide. Au revoir!

    English

    Marie: Good morning, I would like to buy a book of ten tickets for Versailles.

    Paul: The price is 10 euros and the trip lasts 2 hours.

    Marie: Good, and can you tell me the time?

    Paul: So, the intercity bus leaves at 10 a.m. and the last stop for your direction is the castle Versailles.

    Marie: Thank you very much for your help. Goodbye!

    French hotel vocabulary

    Regarding the hotel vocabulary. You need to know how to make hotel reservation, ask about services and amenities, pay your bill, and identify common places and items in a hotel. Pay attention that in French the meaning of hôtel is often confused with un hôtel de ville what means "city hall". bku

    English French
    hotel l'hôtel
    reserve, book réserver
    guest la cliente
    check in s'enregistrer
    check out régler la facture
    front desk  la réception
    front desk clerck le réceptionniste
    maid la femme de chambre
    lobby le hall
    lounge le salon
    room la chambre
    pool la piscine

    vacant

    no vacancy

    disponible

    complet

    bathroom le salle de bains
    single room la chambre simple
    double room la chambre à deux lits
    twin beds des lits jumeaux
    wireless internet lnternet sans fil
    terrace la terrasse
    tip  le pourboire
    a five star hotel un hôtel à cinq étoiles 
    accommodate loger
    bellboy le groom
    amenities les services

    Example dialogue

    French

    Paul: Bonjour, je voudrais une chambre à deux lits, qui donne sur la mer et pour trois nuits?

    Marie: Nous n'avons pas une avec la vue sur la mer, mais il y a une au quinzième étage, aussi vous avez lnternet sans fil et la terasse.

    Paul: Bien, et quand je dois régler la facture?

    Marie: Vous devez la régler le dernier jour de votre séjour.

    Paul: Merci et à bientôt!

    English

    Paul: Good morning, I would like a double room, for three nights and with a sea view?

    Marie: We don't have one with a sea view, but there is one at fifth floor, with wireless internet and with a terrace.

    Paul: Good, and when do I need to pay?

    Marie: You can pay at your last day.

    Paul: Thank you and see you than!

    French shopping vocabulary

    When travelling we always visit some shops. It can be souvenir shop or any other store. It would be nice to speak in French to a shop assistant. Often there are many languagge barriers when it comes to this situations. Here we will help you to avoid them. vws

    English French
    supermarket un supermarché
    small grocery store l'épicerie
    farmer's market le marché
    bakery la boulangerie
    cheese shop la fromagerie
    pastry shop la pâtisserie
    pharmacy la pharmacie
    newsstand le kiosque
    bank la banque
    shoe shop le magasin de chaussures
    gift shop le magasin de cadeaux
    souvenir shop le magasin de souvenirs
    opening hours les heures d'ouverture
    on special offer en promotion
    sale les soldes
    open ouvert
    closed fermé
    cash desk la caisse
    cheap bon marché
    expensive cher
    good value for money bon rapport qualité-prix
    carrier bag le sac
    shopping cart le chariot

    Exampe dialogue

    French

    Paul: Bonjour, est-ce que vous avez besoin de l'aide?

    Marie: Oui, je cherche un souvenir pour ma soeur. Je voudrais acheter quelque chose d'utile.

    Paul: Je vous recommande un chapeau ou un sac avec le signe de la ville.

    Marie: C`est très bien, mais quelque chose bon marché s'il vous plaît.

    Paul: D`accord, voilà un sac pour 10 euro.

    Marie: Parfait, je l'achète.

    English

    Paul: Good morning, do you need help?

    Marie: Yes, I am searching for a souvenir for my sister. I would like to buy something useful.

    Paul: I suggest you to buy a bag with the city sign.

    Marie: That's an excellent idea, but do you have something cheap?

    Paul: Yes, we do, we have a bag for 10 euros.

    Marie: Excellent, I am going to buy it.

    enlightenedNow, we suggest you to practice these dialogue situations with our exercises!

    Exercises

    Matching words: at the airport, at the bus station

    Matching words: at the hotel

    Going to the shopping mall exercise