In many languages, there is often a difference between the spoken and written language. The former being more free flowing, and the latter being more formal. If you want to learn how to speak French, you need to understand that this divide is fairly pronounced.
That said, if you really want to learn how to speak French, here are a few every-day phrases that should help get you going:
How are you? Comment allez-vous ?
I am fine. And you? Je vais bien. Et vous?
Please. S’il vous plaît.
Thank you. Merci.
You’re welcome. Je vous en prie.
Good bye. Au revoir.
See you soon. À bientôt.
Excuse me. Veuillez m’excuser.
What’s your name? Comment vous appelez-vous ?
My name is….. Je m’appelle…..
Nice to meet you. Très heureux de vous rencontrer.
Where are you from? D’où êtes-vous?
I’m from…… Je viens de……
Now I chose these phrases for a few reasons. Of course, if you want to learn how to learn French, you need to begin with a few sample phrases, but do you remember my comment about formal vs. informal language when it comes to the written and spoken variants?
Well, even in spoken French, there’s a version of this. I’m talking about the difference between the French version of “you” – tu and vous.
In modern English, we have a singular and plural form of “you”, and both are spelled and pronounced the same. In French, tu is singular, and vous is plural, but vous can also be used in the singular sense if the person you are addressing commands respect, as in a formal setting. This may sound a bit foreign, but believe it or not, English used to have a version of this… ever hear the words “thee” and “thou”?
At any rate, I don’t want to get too in-depth in this post, but if you’re want to know how to learn French, start off with a few basic phrases like the ones above.