Lesson 7: French Basic Words and Expressions 2: Requesting, Thanking, Apologising.

Learn the basic Greeting words in French. If you want to start with something really simple or if you just want to to be speaking some basic French words to be polite with the French people on your journey to a French speaking country, then this lesson is for you. You may also see this lesson as a reminder of the words you had learned long, long time ago. Have fun !

1. Basic French Words: Requesting, Thanking, Apologising.

French English
1. s’il te plaît Please ! (informal, friendly)
2. s’il vous plaît Please ! (formal, polite)
3. Merci Thank You !
4. Merci beaucoup !   Thank You very much !
5. De rien ! (formal)  You’re welcome !
6. Il n’y a pas de quoi Don’t mention it ! (friendly)
7. Je vous en prie You’re welcome ! (polite)
8. Excusez-moi Excuse-me / Sorry ! (formal, polite)
9. Je suis désolé I’m sorry !
10. Désolé (I’m) sorry !

2. Notes

The same as in the previous lesson with Greetings.

3. Exercise

Click to show the explanation of the exercise
Type in the French translation of the sentence in English. If you are stuck or need a suggestion, look closely into the dialogue above. Some detail might have escaped your attention.
  The punctuation marks have already been added there for you. Don't add the punctuation mark ( " . ", " ? ", " ! ") at the end of the sentence as it won't validate your answer ! Sometimes you may be asked to add a comma ( " , ") inside a sentence.
  For the French characters, if you don't know how to type them on your keyboard, please use the virtual keyboard provided below the exercise. The French characters are necessary for the sentences to be correctly completed. Otherwise, your sentence won't be validated.
  Please, remember: this kind of exercise, that is reading the lesson first and then trying to retrieve it from your memory and / or helping yourself by looking back into the lesson is EXTRAORDINARILY efficient. You will be surprised how fast you will learn and how quickly you will actually build your own sentences.
1. please ! (informal, friendly)
2. please ! (formal, polite)
3. Thank You !
4. Thank You very much !
5. You're welcome !
! (formal)
6. Don't mention it ! (friendly)
7. You're welcome ! (polite)
8. Excuse-me / Sorry ! (formal, polite)

9. I'm sorry !
10.(I'm) sorry !

4. Homework

  1. Read all the words aloud 5 times. Read the words slowly, exaggerating the sounds with each word. Make a short break (5 seconds) after each reading.
  2. Learn the words by heart. (You need to hit 100 % in the translation exercise above without any help)
  3. Imagine in what situations could these words be used.

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