- ou autres choses comme ca--or other things like that This is amazing when you're saying anything that has to do with examples. I cannot tell you how invaluable this phrase is.
- ou quelque chose comme ca--or something like that This is really helpful when you're asking for something or when you're trying to explain something. Especially when you're talking about ideas, this is really helpful.
- je ne sais pas--I don't know Pretty self explanatory but usually it gets slurred together by the French and end up sounding like "shaypah." I have used this so many times when someone asks for directions. I've only been here a month people, I do not know street names.
- du tout--at all This is good to use with any negative statement to emphasize that it completely negative. Just add it after the 'pas' in the statement.
- vraiment, tellement, vachement--really, seriously, truly This signifies importance, always used.
- je pense que--I think that To state your opinion
- Donc, alors, en faite, en plus--Thus, moreover, therefore These are good transition phrases
- Selon a--according to This is really good when you are talking about anything to do with opinions. To state when someone thinks something.
- Il faut que--it is necessary Use this when you need to do something, you should use the subjunctive after, but if you use present tense people will understand.
- J'arrive a comprendre--I arrive at comprehension. This is actually pretty funny, because the French never 'don't understand.' They might not arrive at comprehension but they never don't understand. They do not say "je ne comprends pas" ever. It must be a French thing, in no way would it be possible that they don't understand something. If something is confusing it is because of you, not them.
- Qu'est-ce que c'est--What is You'll use this a lot.
- truc--thing This is one of the most important words to know. If you don't know what something is, use the word 'truc' for it. Seriously, best word ever to know.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
So there are quite a few phrases here in good ole France that I knew existed, but are used much more than French 1 taught me. And I suggest to anyone coming to France to get used to these phrases, they are so helpful in everyday conversation.