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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.

Do you speak English?Parlez-vous anglais?
I don’t understandJe ne comprends pas
PleaseS’il vous plait
Thank YouMerci
Hello (good day)Bonjour
Good eveningBonsoir
GoodbyeAu revoir
Have a nice day!Bonne journée!
Excuse mePardon
Where is…?Où est….?
I’m looking for…Je cherche…
Getting Around 
I am lostJe suis perdu(e).
On the left/rightà gauche/à droite
Straight AheadTout droit
NearPrès de
The junctionLe carrefour
Is it far?C’est loin?
Car parkUn parking
The road is closed.La route est barrée.
RoadworksDes travaux
Follow meSuivez-moi
Boarding PassLa carte d’embarquemente
My luggage hasn’t arrivedMes bagages ne sont pas arrivés.
Railway StationLa Gare
Ticket OfficeLe Guichet
A single/returnUn aller simple/aller-retour
Bus stopUn arrêt de bus
Is this the right bus for…?C’est le bus pour ….. ?
Underground stationLa station de metro
BikeUn vélo
To hire a carLouer une voiture
Driving LicenceLe permis de conduire
I have booked a room.J’ai réservé une chambre
I would like a room.Je voudrais une chambre
One/two/three nightsUne/deux/trois nuits
Is breakfast included?Le petit-déjeuner est compris?
BathroomLa salle de bains
…… is not working.…… ne fonctionne pas.
The bill, pleasel’addition, s’il vous plaît.
How much is it?C’est combien?
I’m allergic to…Je suis allergique à….
BreakfastPetit déjeuner
A BeerUne bière
Red/white wineVin rouge/blanc
Still/fizzy waterEau naturelle/gazeuse
Orange juiceJus d’orange
The Match 
Kick offLe coup d’envoi
The teamL’équipe
LinesmanLe juge de touche/arbitre assistant
A yellow/red cardUn carton jaune/rouge
The coachL’entraîneur
The captainLe capitaine
Half-timeLa mi-temps
GoalUn but
MidfielderLe milieu de terrain
DefenderLe défenseur
GoalkeeperLe gardien de but
Free-kickUn coup-franc
RussiaLa Russie
SlovakiaLa Slovaquie
Wales/WelshLe Pays de Galles/Gallois

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