Languages › French Essential French - L'Essentiel Learn basic French vocabulary and phrases Share Flipboard Email Print Smith Photographers/Blend Images/Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated April 02, 2017 Even if you're just going to France for a week, you should know some survival French - a few essential words and phrases that you'll use over and over. This is a somewhat miscellaneous list of the basics, so be sure to follow the links at the end for even more essential French like "hello" and "please."Je parle (un peu de) français I speak (a little) French.Parlez-vous anglais ? Do you speak English?Comment ? What?Je ne comprends pas. I don't understand.Que veut dire ___ ? What does ___ mean?Répétez, s'il vous plaît. Repeat, please.Plus lentement More slowlyEncore une fois One more timeComment dit-on ___ en français ? How do you say ___ in French?Je ne sais pas I don't knowJ'ai une question I have a questionJ'ai un problème I have a problemoui yesnon nosi yes (in reponse to a negative question)d'accord OKet andou orqui whoquoi what*quand whenoù wherepourquoi whycomment how*Be careful, there are several ways to say "what" in French. Practice Essential French Vocabulary Essential French quizCrossword puzzleWord seek More essential French 100 essential French wordsEssential French gesturesEssential French grammarEssential French phrasesEssential French verbsEssential French for travelersHow to say ___ in French For more in-depth study, check out French for Beginners.