Before embarking on your next trip to Paris, it's a good idea to learn some very basic French travel words and expressions. Even if language isn't your strong suit, and you're certain you can get by with English, learning a few opening greetings and polite expressions in French will go far in easing your exchange with the locals, especially with those of an older generation who are less accustomed to English. And for those of you with a passion for learning foreign languages, spending a few hours poring over these French vocabulary and phrase worksheets will help you to bolster your French enough to feel confident navigating a variety of everyday situations in Paris and other francophone places.
Greetings and Polite Questions in French
The first step is to learn how to address people politely in French, which will often significantly improve the quality of your exchanges with Parisians. Learn more about
basic polite French words and expressions
Eating Out in Paris: Basic Vocabulary and Phrases
Food and dining in Paris is no joking matter, and unlike restaurants which are obviously tourist traps, serious establishments rarely have English-language menus. While most waitstaff at Paris restaurants and bistros speak at least basic English, why not enrich your understanding (and have more fun eating out in Paris) by studying some basic Paris restaurant vocabulary
Getting Around Paris
The Paris metro
can be a bit overwhelming on first use. Get acquainted with some of the signs you're likely to see around the metro, and learn basic words and expressions for getting around the city.
More: Basic Paris Metro Vocabulary in French
Expand Your French Travel Vocabulary Even Further
A respected authority on all things French, Laura K. Lawless over at About.com French Language has an excellent and thorough series of lessons on French travel vocabulary and expressions
, covering everything from renting a car to dealing with illness, asking for directions and interacting with shop personnel.