Quiz: Do You Know These Basic French Phrases?
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Do You Know These Basic French Phrases?
By: Zoe Samuel
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About This Quiz

The most widely spoken languages in the world, when you only count native speakers, are (in order): Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, English, Hindi, Arabic, Portuguese, Bengali, Russian, Japanese and Punjabi. The fact that French does not make the top ten is enormously annoying to a number of French folks. There are actually a mere (in global terms) 76 million people who speak French as a first language, which is only about 1.3% of the total population of our planet. So all those kids complaining about French class, assuming the never plan to move to France itself, might just have a point ...

Or do they? Nope. When you factor in two important points, suddenly the value of French soars. First, you include those who speak French as a second language, at which point it leaps to sixth place, with close to 300 million speakers. Second, you have to factor in places you're actually likely to go. If you're reading this, you're probably not going to spend a great deal of your life in places that you can't get by with English and Spanish, as there will be someone around who speaks at least one of them as a second language - and if you go anywhere else, it's very likely that French is going to be your best backup. Plus, it's just such a pretty language, so even if you never use it, you probably ought to know it anyway!

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What does the polite phrase "S’il vous plaît" mean?
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What might someone understand about your situation if you told them, "Nous sommes perdus"?
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What are you looking for if you say, "Je cherche un distributeur de billets"?
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What do you want someone to do if you say, "Pouvez-vous m’appeler un taxi"?
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What's going on if you say, "Nous sommes très pressés"?
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What do you want to know if you ask, "Quel temps va-t'il faire aujourd’hui"?
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What might you mean by the casual response, "Ça roule"?
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When are you greeting someone if you say, "Bon après-midi"?
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How might you wish someone good luck?
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What do you mean by, "Je ne comprends pas"?
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How do you want someone to modify their behavior if you say, "Est-ce que vous pourriez parler plus lentement"?
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Now for a nice simple one. What does, "Excusez-moi" mean?
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What would you be saying with, "Je suis désolée"?
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What did someone just say to you if you reply, "De rien"?
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What might you say to your sick friend with the words, "J'espère que tu iras mieux très vite"?
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What do you mean by, "Laissez-moi tranquille!"?
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What money question are you asking with, "Combien ça coûte"?
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What are you saying informally with, "Salut"?
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What reaction might you expect from saying, "Allons-y" to someone!
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How might you be understood if you say, "J’ai besoin d’aide"?
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What is meant by, "Comment vous appellez-vous?"
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What is conveyed by, "Félicitations!"?
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What vital phrase does Monty Python recommend we learn, that in French is, "Mon aéroglisseur est plein d'anguilles"?
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