25 Essential French Expressions for Your Trip to France

A collection of 25 expressions you need to know for getting around in Europe's most visited country.
4.8 (2 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a
course's star rating by considering a number of different factors
such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the
likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
49 students enrolled
Take This Course
  • Lectures 30
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
    30 day money back guarantee!
    Available on iOS and Android
    Certificate of Completion
Wishlisted Wishlist

How taking a course works


Find online courses made by experts from around the world.


Take your courses with you and learn anywhere, anytime.


Learn and practice real-world skills and achieve your goals.

About This Course

Published 8/2014 English

Course Description

This course is for the first-timer headed to France or an experienced traveler who wants to brush up on the basics. It is comprised of a list of 25 expressions that are indispensable for communicating with the French, as well as pronunciation tips. Additionally, cultural insights are shared and explained in a clear and thorough manner.

The course itself caters to auditory and visual learners as each lecture is written out on a slide and explained orally. Quizzes are given at the end of each section to ensure understanding, and the student is also provided with vocabulary guides and links to articles that will encourage him think critically about his own culture as well as the French culture.

It will take about 2.5 hours to complete the lecture portion of this course, and an extra hour to complete the recommended reading given in the lists at the end of each section.

This course explains each expression carefully (each expression is a complete lecture) and sets the expression in context.

You should take this course if you are apprehensive about your upcoming trip to France! This course will give you basic conversational knowledge of the French language, a confidence boost, and a heads-up on cultural differences.

It would also benefit you if you have been to France before but want to really nail down the basic expressions needed for a return trip.

What are the requirements?

  • There are no required materials needed.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course, you will be able to correctly use 25 new expressions in your upcoming trip to France.
  • You will learn how to pronounce each expression correctly, how and when to use them, and the cultural context in which they are appropriate.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone going to France, whether it be a seasoned traveler or a first-timer, who would like some basic conversational knowledge of the French language.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.



Students are welcomed and given a brief overview of France.


Pronunciation tips include how to pronounce French vowel sounds, which consonants to pronounce (or which ones NOT to pronounce), the nasalized "N" sound, and the French "R" sound.


Students are given a few facts about the French language and about France itself.

Section 1: The Rules of Politeness

The importance of saying "Bonjour" is explained and students are also told how to greet someone properly.


The words "Enchanté" and "Au revoir" are explained.


Students are explained the importance of personal space, as well as when to use the expression "Excusez-moi."


Ordering at a café tips are shared.


The importance of gathering around the table for a meal is discussed.


Different ways of saying "Thank you" are discussed.


Students are explained that is it better to be up front and honest about admitting when one doesn't quite understand what was just said.


Comparisons and contrasts are made between "Bonne journée" and "Bonjour."

15 questions

This quiz will have 12 multiple choice questions over the rules of politeness.

Section 2: Getting Around

The above expression is discussed as well as the differences between saying "Vous" and "Tu."


The above expression is discussed as well as the words "S'il vous plaît."


Students are explained the significance of the word "toilettes," the importance of the acronym "WC" and what to say when one is looking for something.

C'est combien?

Students are explained how difficult it is to get (free) water throughout the day and how to go about making sure they are fully hydrated without having to play loads of money.


The French habit of enjoying long meals is explained in light of the above expression.


Students are explained the importance of saying "I need" and given appropriate ways to fill in the rest of the sentence.


The two meanings of this expression are told.


This expression is thoroughly explained and the 24-hour clock is discussed.


Students are advised to arrive at the train station well before the train is set to leave.


Strikes in France are discussed.

15 questions

This quiz will have 12 multiple choice questions over how to get around in France.

Section 3: Getting Personal

Suggestions of basic foods/drinks to try in France are made.

Je suis fatigué.

Students are advised how to quickly say "No" to those asking for money.


Lecture is on describing when one doesn't feel good, and what to do.


The FOUR different nuances of this expression are discussed!


Students are encouraged to closely examine the differences between how they do things at home and how things are done abroad. Additionally, everyday dressing tips are included.


France's motto is the bonus expression taught in this course. The notion of friendship is also closely dissected.

15 questions

This quiz will have 12 multiple choice questions over personal expressions in France.


Students are reminded that they must completely finish the course before leaving on their trip.

Students Who Viewed This Course Also Viewed

  • Loading
  • Loading
  • Loading

Instructor Biography

Mme Gabrielle Sweets, Bilingual French Instructor

I love the French language, culture, and people, and am excited to share a bit of that love with you, my students! French is a part of me at home here in the states, where many of my good friends are French expatriates. Traveling to France has also been a big part of my life, and I have spent over 4 years of my life living in French-speaking countries both in Europe and Africa.

The child of a French mother and American father, I grew up in a dual world of language and culture as my mother spoke only French to me while my father spoke only English. Growing up, the first 18 years of my life were characterized by frequent trips to France to visit family and friends.

I spent a semester abroad in college studying in Toulouse, France. A bit later, I lived for 2 years in French-speaking Niger (a West African country) where I served with an NGO. Upon my return to the states, I obtained a Master's Degree in French Literature from Indiana University. For years afterward, I taught on the university level and then on the high school level (both private and public). The public school where I was involved was an International Baccalaureate school and I am certified to teach French IB. I currently tutor French from my home in order to create an environment for my own children to absorb the French language. My husband and I speak English to each other, but my children and I only speak français to each other. I also only speak francais to our cat!

Ready to start learning?
Take This Course