How to Say Now in French
If you’d like to say “now” in French, you’d usually say “maintenant.” However, there are other phrases that would be more appropriate for specific contexts, such as “à présent” (now/presently) or “c’est le moment” (now [is the time]). There are also other phrases we have in English that contain now, and yet have a totally different phrasing in French. For instance, “now and then” in French would be “de temps en temps.”
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As a new learner, you may be tempted to wade into memorizing long lists of vocabulary words. But this is not an effective approach. Instead, you should focus first on learning just a few of the most commonly used phrases and French pronunciation. After all, the goal of learning a new language is not vocabulary acquisition. Rather, it’s to achieve a level of comfort and confidence needed to have conversations in French.
You can develop your French language skills and build your confidence by first learning some of these basic 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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After you are comfortable with the building blocks of French, you can move on to learning the longer phrases that make up the backbone of everyday conversations. Rosetta Stone’s brief and bite-sized, 10-minute lessons are built to help you do just that. The language lessons will guide you towards speaking French with comfort and confidence.
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