With Euro 2016 kicking off later today, millions of fans will descend on France for a month long Summer of football. But how good is your French? We’ve put together a list of 7 phrases that will help you during your time in France…
1. Bonjour / Bonjour. S’il vous plait… (Hello / Hello, please…)
Probably the phrase you are most familiar with. You will either use “Bonjour” to greet somebody or use “Bonjour. S’il vous plait” if you are asking for something.
2. Parlez-vous anglais ? (Do you speak English?)
If you’re not confident mastering the French language, using this phrase could make communicating that little bit easier, as long as the other person has a good grasp of the English language.
3. Où est le stade de football (Where is the football stadium?)
This is a phrase I think a lot of visitors to France will need to use during Euro 2016, so don’t forget to write this one down.
4. Je cherche le bus/train/métro. Où est l’arrêt le plus près? (I am looking for the bus/train/subway. Where is the nearest stop?)
To get to the football stadiums, you will probably need to catch either a bus, train or subway and finding the nearest stop will be a lot quicker if you know how to ask to locate it.
5. Une bière s’il vous plaît / Deux bières s’il vous plait (One beer please / two beers please)
During a football tournament, beer is usually the drink of choice, so remember this one.
6. Merci (Thank You)
Another phrase you are probably very familiar with and will be another common phrase you use many a time during Euro 2016.
7. Au revoir (Goodbye)
Don’t forget to be polite! Saying Au revoir is a formal and polite way of saying goodbye.
Do you have any more French phrases which could be useful for Euro 2016? We would love to hear them. Remember, you can always use our Free Translation Tool, for any phrases you wish to know.
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