La Politesse: French Phrases of Politeness

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When traveling in France, being polite is absolutely essential. Be sure you know how to say "please" and "thank you" at the very least. Click any link to hear that word pronounced.


Please + verb (for example, "please excuse me")

  • veuillez + infinitive (veuillez m'excuser)

Thank You

Thank you very much

Bless you! (thank you so much, thanks a million)

You're Welcome

It was my pleasure

Don't mention it

Excuse Me!

Pardon me, I beg your pardon

Excuse me

I'm sorry to disturb/bother you

I'm sorry



Enjoy your meal

Bless you

Sir, Mr.

Ma'am, Mrs.