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.