French for Mister

French

THE French for Mister is Monsieur.

It is pronounced, roughly, muh-SYER.

You would use it as you would mister, in English, as a title of respect and courtesy. It is also equivalent to Sir.

In English, mister is always abbreviated Mr. (It looks strange and just plain wrong spelled out, doesn’t it?) And in French, monsieur can also abbreviated – to M.

To address more than one gentleman, you would need to use the plural – Messieurs. Messieurs is pronounced, roughly, may-SYER. (In French the final “s” is silent in most cases, but is pronounced when the word following begins with a vowel or an “h,” which is also silent in French. This is called liaison.)

The word monsieur is derived from the Middle French words for “my lord” – mon sieur. Middle French was spoken from approximately 1340 to 1611.

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Now you know the French for Mister.

Common French Phrases

French

WHEN you are learning how to speak French, it is helpful to know some basic words and sentences or questions to use right off the bat. Here are some common French phrases to add to your repertoire.

I don’t know.

Je ne sais pas.

I would like . . .

Je voudrais . . .

I need . . .

J’ai besoin de . . .

What does ______ mean?

Que veut dire _____ ?

Do you speak English?

Parlez- vous anglais?

I don’t understand.

Je ne comprends pas.

Excuse me

Excusez-moi

I’m sorry

Pardon

My name is . . .

Je m’appelle . . .

Pleased to meet you.

Enchanté.

How are you?

Comment allez vous?

Fine, thanks. And you?

Bien, merci. Et vous?

Please

S’il vous plaît

Thank you.

Merci.

You’re welcome.

De rien.

Goodbye.

Au revoir.

Hello in French

French

THE word for hello in French is bonjour.

Bonjour is pronounced bohn-zhoor.

Another way to say say hello in French is allô. Pronounced ah-low, you can use this French word to say hello when answering the phone.

Now you know how to say hello in French.

French Goodbye

French

IN French, goodbye is easy to say. You probably have heard the phrase many times before. But as we have many ways of saying farewell in English, so do the French.

French Goodbye

There are several ways to say goodbye in French. Which one you choose, depends on the person, the situation and even when you expect to meet again.

French goodbye

Au revoir (pronounced oh re vwah) is the standard way to say goodbye in French. It works with all people, in all situations. It’s literal translation is “to the (au) next time we see each other (revoir)”.

If you’re in a French shop, it would be polite to say goodbye to the owner/employees with the bit more formal Bonne journée. Pronounced bun zhor nay, it basically means Have a good day.

Bon soir (pronounced bohn swah) means Good evening. This phrase can also be used as a greeting.

To a coworker or anyone you know you will see again the next day, you could depart by saying A demain. Pronounced ah duh man, it means until tomorrow.

Lastly, when you don’t know when you will see the person again, you can bid that person Adieu (pronunced ah dyer). Like its Spanish counterpart, adiós, adieu means to go with God.

 

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