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French Language

Most Common French Phrases

Learn some of the most common French phrases
By Laura K. Lawless, About.com Guide Take a look at this list to learn some of the most useful and common French phrases. Only the most common translation(s) are provided here, so please click the links for more detailed information about each phrase. cause de1 because of, due to ah bon (?)2 oh really? I see la fois3 at the same time la limite4 at most, in a pinch la rigueur5 or even, if need be la une6 front page news la vtre !7 cheers! allons-y !8 let's go! mon avis9 in my opinion peine10 hardly peu prs11 about, approximately, nearly a priori12 at first glance, in principle tes souhaits13 bless you au cas o14 just in case au contraire15 on the contrary au fait16 by the way au fur et mesure17 as, while au lieu de18 instead of, rather than avoir l'air (de)19 to look (like)

bien dans sa peau20 content, comfortable, at ease with oneself bien entendu21 of course, obviously bien sr22 of course blague part23 seriously, all kidding aside Bon anniversaire !24 Happy birthday! Bon apptit !25 Enjoy your meal! Bon dbarras !26 Good riddance! bon march27 inexpensive, cheap un bon rapport qualit-prix28 good value

a m'est gal29 it's all the same to me a ne fait rien30 never mind, it doesn't matter a va (?)31 how's it going?, I'm fine a vaut le coup32 it's worth it c'est33 it is c'est--dire34 that is, i.e., I mean c'est parti35 here we go, and we're off c'est pas vrai !36 no way! ce n'est pas grave37 it doesn't matter, no problem ce n'est pas terrible38 it's not that great un coup de fil39 phone call un coup d'il40 glance, quick look

d'ailleurs41 moreover, might I add dis donc / dites donc42 wow, by the way du coup43 as a result du jour au lendemain44 overnight du tout45 not/none at all

en effet46 indeed, that's right en fait47 in fact enfin48 well, I mean en retard49 late entre chien et loup50 at dusk, twilight et j'en passe51 and that's not all et patati et patata52 and so on and so forth tre en train de53 to be ___ing

faire cadeau54 to give (something), to let off easily faire le pont55 to make it a long weekend fais gaffe56 watch out, be careful fais voir57 let me see figure-toi58 guess what, get this 'fin59 well, I mean

grce 60 thanks to

il est61 it is il faut62 it's necessary il y a63 there is, there are il y a quelque chose qui cloche64 something's amiss

J'arrive !65 I'm on my way! j'en passe et des meilleures66 and that's not all j'en peux plus67 I can't take (it) any more je n'en reviens pas68 I can't believe it je n'y suis pour rien69 it's got nothing to do with me je t'aime70 I love you

mtro, boulot, dodo71 the rat race

n'importe quoi72 whatever

oh l l73 oh dear, oh no on ne sait jamais74 you never know on peut se tutoyer ?75 can we use tu? On y va ?76 Shall we go? Ready?

par contre77 whereas, on the other hand

par exemple78 for example, such as; oh my, well really! pas du tout79 not at all pas mal80 not bad, quite a bit pas terrible81 not that great, nothing special plus a change...82 the more things change...

quand mme83 anyway, really, finally quand on parle du loup84 speak of the devil

revenons nos moutons85 let's get back to the subject at hand rien voir86 nothing to do with

sans blague87 seriously, all kidding aside si ce n'est pas indiscret88 if it's not too personal a question si tu veux89 if you will

tant mieux90 it's just as well, even better tant pis91 oh well, too bad, tough tout coup92 all of a sudden tout fait93 absolutely, exactly tout l'heure94 in a moment, a moment ago tout de suite95 right away, immediately tout d'un coup96 all at once tu connais la musique97 you know the routine tu m'tonnes98 tell me something I don't know tu te rends compte ?99 can you imagine?

valoir le coup100 to be worth it Vive la France !101 Long live France! voil102 there is, that's it

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