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Everyday French Phrases - Essential French

Learn some essential French phrases that you'll hear and use every day


Not all vocabulary is created equal. There are some French phrases that you will hear literally every day, multiple times a day, and odds are that you should be using them that often too. Here are five truly essential everyday French phrases for you to use every day - click the links for more detailed information and sound files.

ah bon
Ask for confirmation or acknowledge what someone said - and not just when it's good.

ça va
This handy little phrase can be a question, an answer, and more.

Use this to provide or request clarification.

il faut
It's often necessary to say "it's necessary."

il y a
Any time you'd say "there is" or "there are" in English, you need to say il y a in French.

More everyday French phrases
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   • Hello and Good-bye
   • Numbers
   • Please and thank you
   • Social niceties
   • Most common French phrases
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