French: 75 Core Words

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Use these core words to create your first simple sentences in French. Read the word, the translation and see the example sentences to see how the words are used. Have fun!

Hint: French uses feminine and masculine, requiring different articles (“the” = le/la/les) and word endings for adjectives. French also has a formal “you” (vous) and a less formal “you” (tu). Don’t forget that verbs are conjugated differently for I/you/we/they/he/she/you formal, but to keep it simple, we’ll just cover the verb endings for “I” (Je) here, in present form and give you the infinitive in ( ).

Social Words

yes - oui

no/not - non/ne (verb) pas

thank you - merci

please - s’il vous plaît

hello - bonjour