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Essential Words and Phrases

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

You’re likely to come across a passable level of English in all host cities, but it’s not safe to assume that everyone you come across, particularly outside the typical tourist industries, will be fluent.

Besides, we always like to encourage visiting fans to try a bit of the hosts’ lingo where possible. The effort is often appreciated, even if you are responded to in English. Below you’ll find some useful words and phrases to help you get by in France this summer.

English/Anglais French/Français
   
Basics  
   
Do you speak English? Parlez-vous anglais?
I don’t understand Je ne comprends pas
Please S’il vous plait
Thank You Merci
Yes Oui
No Non
Hello (good day) Bonjour
Good evening Bonsoir
Goodbye Au revoir
Have a nice day! Bonne journée!
Excuse me Pardon
Where is…? Où est….?
I’m looking for… Je cherche…
   
Getting Around  
   
I am lost Je suis perdu(e).
On the left/right à gauche/à droite
Straight Ahead Tout droit
Near Près de
The junction Le carrefour
Is it far? C’est loin?
Car park Un parking
The road is closed. La route est barrée.
Forbidden/banned Interdit
Roadworks Des travaux
Follow me Suivez-moi
Airport L’aéroport
Boarding Pass La carte d’embarquemente
My luggage hasn’t arrived Mes bagages ne sont pas arrivés.
Cancelled Annulé
Railway Station La Gare
Ticket Office Le Guichet
A single/return Un aller simple/aller-retour
Bus stop Un arrêt de bus
Is this the right bus for…? C’est le bus pour ….. ?
Underground station La station de metro
Bike Un vélo
To hire a car Louer une voiture
Driving Licence Le permis de conduire
   
Accommodation  
   
I have booked a room. J’ai réservé une chambre
I would like a room. Je voudrais une chambre
One/two/three nights Une/deux/trois nuits
Is breakfast included? Le petit-déjeuner est compris?
Bathroom La salle de bains
…… is not working. …… ne fonctionne pas.
   
   
Food/Drink  
   
The bill, please l’addition, s’il vous plaît.
How much is it? C’est combien?
I’m allergic to… Je suis allergique à….
Breakfast Petit déjeuner
Lunch Déjeuner
Dinner Diner
A Beer Une bière
Red/white wine Vin rouge/blanc
Still/fizzy water Eau naturelle/gazeuse
Coffee Café
Tea Thé
Orange juice Jus d’orange
Hot/cold Chaud/froid
Large/small Grand/petit
Meat Viande
Vegetables Légumes
Chicken Poulet
Pork Porc
Veal Veau
Chips Frites
Crisps Chips
   
   
The Match  
   
Kick off Le coup d’envoi
The team L’équipe
Referee L’arbitre
Linesman Le juge de touche/arbitre assistant
A yellow/red card Un carton jaune/rouge
The coach L’entraîneur
The captain Le capitaine
Half-time La mi-temps
Goal Un but
Forward L’avant-centre
Midfielder Le milieu de terrain
Defender Le défenseur
Goalkeeper Le gardien de but
Free-kick Un coup-franc
Russia La Russie
Slovakia La Slovaquie
England/English L’Angleterre/Anglais
Wales/Welsh Le Pays de Galles/Gallois

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