If you want to say “love” in French, you would say “l’amour.” Want to tell someone you love them instead? Then you’d generally say, “Je t’aime.” It’s ideal for significant others, family, or anyone you can address informally. Less common is saying, “Je vous aime.” That you’d use when expressing love for two or more people or when confessing your love for someone highly respected—such as a celebrity.
When expressing love for a thing, you would say, “Je l’adore.” or “J’adore ça.” The former is for when there’s a clear object of affection, like your favorite shirt or something you have right in front of you. The latter is for more abstract objects, like the idea of loving candy or traveling.
To build towards fluency in French, you should start your French lessons with the basics of common words and pronunciations. Then you can scale naturally towards a more complex understanding of the French language. That’s why Rosetta Stone’s French language program has an immersive approach that introduces words alongside both visual and audio cues. This will help you learn vocabulary in the context of true-to-life conversations. First, the bite-sized lessons are grouped into units that highlight common French conversational phrases you will need for everyday interactions. Then, they are coupled with practical review that helps learners gain confidence in their French language skills.
Learning French Phrases
Your approach to learning French will most likely depend on your objectives. Many language learners who are at the beginning of their journey pick up common words and phrases and attempt to replicate the famous French accent, learning to say words like au revoir, baguette, and amour. Other French learners may be coming back to acquire more language skills, building on exposure to the language in their academic careers. Whatever your objectives might be in learning French, you should carefully consider using a language-learning program built with your specific goals in mind.
One of the notable aspects of the French language is its je ne sais quoi, which is a somewhat indefinable quality that makes the French accent sound so very alluring. And yet what may seem at first to be a mysterious element of the French language’s appeal is actually just a nuance of French pronunciation. Some French pronunciations can be tricky to learn because they are much more nasal sounding than pronunciations in other languages. That’s why it’s so important to learn first learn correct French pronunciation , starting with the sounds of the letters of the alphabet.
You can build your confidence by first learning and pronouncing some of the most common French words and phrases:
- Bonjour = Hello, Good morning
- Au revoir = Goodbye
- Oui = Yes
- Non = No
- Merci = Thank you
- Merci beaucoup = Thank you very much
- Fille = Girl
- Garçon = Boy
- Femme = Woman
- Homme = Man
- Amour = Love
- Français = French
- S’il vous plaît = Please
- Bonsoir = Good evening
- Bonne Nuit = Good night
- Excusez-moi = Excuse me
- De Rien = You’re welcome (casual, informal way)
- Je vous en prie = You’re welcome (formal)
- Temps = Time
- Jour = Day
And here are more common French phrases:
- Je suis désolé(e) = I’m sorry
- Comment vous appelez-vous? = What is your name?
- Parlez-vous anglais? = Do you speak English?
- Je m’appelle = My name is
- Comment allez-vous? = How are you doing?
- Quelle heure est-il? = What time is it?
- Pouvez-vous m’aider? = Can you help me?
- Combien ça coûte? = How much is this?
- Je t’aime = I love you
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Download a unit and knock it out on the train or a flight. Select a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in while you wait in line or for your ride to show up. And explore dynamic features, like Seek and Speak, where you can point at an object in the real world and get a translation .
The best part? You don’t have to choose between app or desktop. Both come with your subscription and sync, so you can switch between devices seamlessly.