Languages › French Useful Phrases to Use in French Class Share Flipboard Email Print BSIP/UIG / Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated July 23, 2019 If you are a student of French, you should learn typical classroom requests and statements expressed as French words and phrases. The more you use French in context and hear it spoken, the more you will internalize it. After a while, it becomes natural, as though you've always known it. The younger you are, the easier it is to learn another language; the older you get, the more you need to practice. Essential Phrases to Use in French Class Pay close attention to how you say these words and phrases in French, particularly the vowels, which require you to open your mouth and elongate your lips much more than in English. If you say a French o, for instance, form your lips in the shape of an o; you'd be surprised how much this helps achieve a true French sound. Click on the links to hear how the words and phrases are pronounced. To make it easier to learn how to say the word or phrase in French, the meaning is given first in English, followed by the French translation: What? = Comment?I don't know. = Je ne sais pas.I don't understand. = Je ne comprends pas.I have a problem. = J'ai un problème.I have a question. = J'ai une question.What page? = Quelle page?I forgot my ___. = J'ai oublié mon/ma ___. May I borrow a ___? = Puis-je emprunter un/une ___ ?May I go to the bathroom? = Puis-je aller aux toilettes?I would like (to) ___. = Je voudrais ___.I need (to) ___. = J'ai besoin de ___. Essential Words to Use in French Class Sometimes you only need a single word to make your point clear in class. The examples show you how to say classroom words in French: Yes = ouiNo = non OK = d'accord Who = quiWhat = quoi When = quand Where = oùWhy = pourquoiHow = comment Translating Asking how to say words in French class will be easier with the following translations: How do you say ___ in French? = Comment dit-on ___ en français?What is ___ in French? = ___, c'est quoi en français?What does ___ mean? = Que veut dire ___ ?What is the English translation of this sentence? = Quelle est la traduction de cette phrase? Listening and Understanding You'll know how to ask for help in the classroom after you study the following questions and requests: Repeat, please. = Répétez, s'il vous plaît.One more time = Encore une foisSlower (Or: More slowly) = Plus lentementHow do you spell it? = Comment est-ce que cela s'écrit?Can you write it? = Pouvez-vous l'écrire?What's the difference between ___ and ___? = Quelle est la différence entre ___ et ___ ?Is this sentence correct? = Cette phrase est correcte? Resources and Tips In addition to classroom words and phrases, take the time to review essential French, greetings, terms of politeness, and additional words for school and supplies, as well as the most common French phrases and words. If you need more practice to feel comfortable using these expressions, try enlisting a friend or family member to help you: For instance, one of you could say the expression in English, while the other gives the translation in French.