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How to Say “How Are You?” in French
If you’d like to say, “How are you?” in French, you would generally say, “Comment allez-vous ?” (formal singular or informal plural) or “Comment vas-tu ?” (informal singular). Another common informal version is to ask, “Ça va ?” That loosely translates to, “How’s it going?” There are a number of common French expressions that make up the bulk of the language, and getting comfortable with these will give you a great foundation. And it’s not just the usual enchanté, bonsoir, merci, salut, or s’il vous plaît that you might need in common, everyday situations. Those are vital, but it’s also good to learn the words and phrases that the French often mix into their sentences, like et toi ?, ça marche, de rien, combien. To build towards fluency in French, you should start your French lessons with the basics of common words and pronunciations. Then you can scale naturally towards a much more complex understanding of the French language. That’s why Rosetta Stone’s French language program has an immersive approach that introduces words alongside both visual and audio cues that help you learn vocab in the context of true-to-life conversations. The bite-sized lessons are grouped into units that highlight common French conversational phrases you will need for everyday interactions, coupled with practical review that helps learners solidify their French language skills.
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You can develop skills and build confidence by starting with some basic French words and phrases:
Bonjour / Hello, Good morning
Au revoir / Goodbye
Oui / Yes
Non / No
Merci / Thank you
Merci beaucoup / Thank you very much
Fille / Girl
Garçon / Boy
Femme / Woman
Homme / Man
Amour / Love
Français / French
S’il vous plaît / Please
Bonsoir / Good evening
Bonne Nuit / Good night
Excusez-moi / Excuse me
De Rien / You’re welcome (casual, informal way)
Je vous en prie / You’re welcome (formal)
Temps / Time
Jour / Day
And here are more common French phrases:
Je suis désolé(e) / I’m sorry
Comment vous appelez-vous ? / What is your name?
Parlez-vous anglais ? / Do you speak English?
Je m’appelle / My name is
Comment allez-vous? / How are you doing?
Quelle heure est-il ? / What time is it?
Pouvez-vous m’aider ? / Can you help me?
Combien ça coûte ? / How much is this?
Je t’aime / I love you
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