Everyday French Phrases - Essential French

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

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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.

c'est-à-dire
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.


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