Can you translate these basic French phrases?
by Isadora Teich

Bonjour! While France is known as a magical place and Paris is recognized as the "City of Lights," French is often referred to as the "language of love." From a simple greeting to "I love you," can you translate these basic French phrases?

When it comes to native speakers, you won't find the French language very high on lists. At #18, there are approximately 75 million people whose first language is French. This might seem small when compared to the world's population of 7.442 billion people, but there are over 275 million people around the world who can speak it as their primary or secondary language. 

With this large number of people, the French language touches almost every continent around the world. You'd find French used in African countries such as Senegal and Cameroon, North American countries of Canada and Haiti, and the European countries of Switzerland, Belgium, and, obviously, France.

Although French might not be an official language everywhere, it has a far reach. Even in the United States, you'd find common French words that have been adopted into everyday language. You couldn't order food at a restaurant without a "menu." It would be hard to go on an interview without a "resume." 

While you might easily recognize these French words, how many basic French phrases can you recognize and translate? There's only one way to find out! Take a shot at this quiz and let's find out if we'll be telling you "Bon travail" or "Au revoir!"

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