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; afternoon : l'après-midi (''lap-RAY-mee-dee'')
 
; afternoon : l'après-midi (''lap-RAY-mee-dee'')
 
; evening : le soir (''luh SWA''), in the evening: dans la soirée (''don la SWA-ray'')
 
; evening : le soir (''luh SWA''), in the evening: dans la soirée (''don la SWA-ray'')
; night : le nuit (''luh NU-ee'')
+
; night : la nuit (''luh NU-ee'')
  
 
====Clock time====
 
====Clock time====
  
; one o'clock AM : one o'clock AM (''...'')
+
; one o'clock AM : une heure du matin (''...'')
; two o'clock AM : two o'clock AM (''...'')
+
; two o'clock AM : deux heures du matin (''...'')
; noon : noon (''...'')
+
; noon : midi (''...'')
; one o'clock PM : one o'clock PM (''...'')
+
; one o'clock PM : une heure (''...'')
; two o'clock PM : two o'clock PM (''...'')
+
; two o'clock PM : deux heures (''...'')
; midnight : midnight (''...'')
+
; midnight : minuit (''...'')
  
 
====Duration====
 
====Duration====
  
 
; _____ minute(s) : _____ minute(s) (''...'')
 
; _____ minute(s) : _____ minute(s) (''...'')
; _____ hour(s) : _____ hour(s) (''...'')
+
; _____ hour(s) : _____ heure(s) (''...'')
; _____ day(s) : _____ day(s) (''...'')
+
; _____ day(s) : _____ jour(s) (''...'')
; _____ week(s) : _____ week(s) (''...'')
+
; _____ week(s) : _____ semaine(s) (''...'')
; _____ month(s) : _____ month(s) (''...'')
+
; _____ month(s) : _____ mois (''...'')
; _____ year(s) : _____ year(s) (''...'')
+
; _____ year(s) : _____ année(s) (''...'')
  
 
====Days====
 
====Days====
  
; today : today (''...'')
+
; today : aujourd'hui (''...'')
; yesterday : yesterday (''...'')
+
; yesterday : hier (''...'')
; tomorrow : tomorrow (''...'')
+
; tomorrow : demain (''...'')
; this week : this week (''...'')
+
; this week : cette semaine (''...'')
; last week : last week (''...'')
+
; last week : la semaine dernière (''...'')
; next week : next week (''...'')
+
; next week : la semaine prochaine (''...'')
  
; Sunday : Sunday (''...'')
+
; Sunday : Dimanche (''...'')
; Monday : Monday (''...'')
+
; Monday : Lundi (''...'')
; Tuesday : Tuesday (''...'')
+
; Tuesday : Mardi (''...'')
; Wednesday : Wednesday (''...'')
+
; Wednesday : Mercredi (''...'')
; Thursday : Thursday (''...'')
+
; Thursday : Jeudi (''...'')
; Friday : Friday (''...'')
+
; Friday : Vendredi (''...'')
; Saturday : Saturday (''...'')
+
; Saturday : Samedi (''...'')
  
 
====Months====
 
====Months====
  
; January : January (''...'')
+
; January : Janvier (''...'')
; February : February (''...'')
+
; February : Février (''...'')
; March : March (''...'')
+
; March : Mars (''...'')
; April : April (''...'')
+
; April : Avril (''...'')
; May : May (''...'')
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; May : Mai (''...'')
; June : June (''...'')
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; June : Juin (''...'')
; July : July (''...'')
+
; July : Juillet (''...'')
; August : August (''...'')
+
; August : Août (''...'')
; September : September (''...'')
+
; September : Septembre (''...'')
; October : October (''...'')
+
; October : Octobre (''...'')
; November : November (''...'')
+
; November : Novembre (''...'')
; December : December (''...'')
+
; December : Décembre (''...'')
  
 
====Writing Time and Date====
 
====Writing Time and Date====
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===Colors===
 
===Colors===
; black : black (''...'')
+
; black : noir (''...'')
; white : white (''...'')
+
; white : blanc (''...'')
; gray : gray (''...'')
+
; gray : gris (''...'')
; red : red (''...'')
+
; red : rouge (''...'')
; blue : blue (''...'')
+
; blue : bleu (''...'')
; yellow : yellow (''...'')
+
; yellow : jaune (''...'')
; green : green (''...'')
+
; green : vert (''...'')
 
; orange : orange (''...'')
 
; orange : orange (''...'')
; purple : purple (''...'')
+
; purple : violet (''...'')
; brown : brown (''...'')
+
; brown : marron (''...'')
  
 
===Transportation===
 
===Transportation===
  
 
====Bus and Train====
 
====Bus and Train====
; How much is a ticket to _____? : How much is a ticket to _____? (''...'')
+
; How much is a ticket to _____? : Combien coûte le billet pour aller à _____? (''...'')
; One ticket to _____, please. : One ticket to _____, please. (''...'')
+
; One ticket to _____, please. : Un billet pour _____, je vous prie. (''...'')
; Where does this train/bus go? : Where does this train/bus go? (''...'')
+
; Where does this train/bus go? : Où va ce train/bus ? (''...'')
; Where is the train/bus to _____? : Where is the train/bus to _____? (''...'')
+
; Where is the train/bus to _____? : Où est le train/bus pour _____? (''...'')
; Does this train/bus stop in _____? : Does this train/bus stop in _____? (''...'')
+
; Does this train/bus stop in _____? : Ce train/bus s'arrête-t-il à _____? (''...'')
; When does the train/bus for _____ leave? : When does the train/bus for _____ leave? (''...'')
+
; When does the train/bus for _____ leave? : Quand le train/bus pour _____ part-il ? (''...'')
; When will this train/bus arrive in _____? : When will this bus arrive in _____? (''...'')
+
; When will this train/bus arrive in _____? : Quand ce train/bus arrivera-t-il à _____? (''...'')
  
 
====Directions====
 
====Directions====
; How do I get to _____ ? : How do I get to _____ ? (''...'')
+
; How do I get to _____ ? : Comment puis-je me rendre à _____ ? (''...'')
; ...the train station? : ...the train station? (''...'')
+
; ...the train station? : ...la gare ? (''...'')
; ...the bus station? : ...the bus station? (''...'')
+
; ...the bus station? : ...la gare routière ? (''...'')
; ...the airport? : ...the airport? (''...'')
+
; ...the airport? : ... l'aéroport ? (''...'')
; ...downtown? : ...downtown? (''...'')
+
; ...downtown? : ...en ville ? (''...'')
; ...the youth hostel? : ...the youth hostel? (''...'')
+
; ...the youth hostel? : ...l'auberge de jeunesse ? (''...'')
; ...the _____ hotel? : ...the _____ hotel? (''...'')
+
; ...the _____ hotel? : ...l'hôtel _____ ? (''...'')
; ...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate? : ...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate? (''...'')
+
; ...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate? : ...l'ambassade Américaine/Canadienne/Australienne/Anglaise ? (''...'')
; Where are there a lot of... : Where are there a lot of... (''...'')
+
; Where are there a lot of... : Où y'a-t-il des... (''...'')
; ...hotels? : ...hotels? (''...'')
+
; ...hotels? : ...hôtels? (''...'')
 
; ...restaurants? : ...restaurants? (''...'')
 
; ...restaurants? : ...restaurants? (''...'')
 
; ...bars? : ...bars? (''...'')
 
; ...bars? : ...bars? (''...'')
; ...sites to see? : ...sites to see? (''...'')
+
; ...sites to see? : ...sites à visiter ? (''...'')
; Can you show me on the map? : Can you show me on the map? (''...'')
+
; Can you show me on the map? : Pouvez-vous me montrer sur la carte ? (''...'')
; street : street (''...'')
+
; street : rue (''...'')
; Turn left. : Turn left. (''...'')
+
; Turn left. : Tournez à gauche. (''...'')
; Turn right. : Turn right. (''...'')
+
; Turn right. : Tournez à droite. (''...'')
; left : left (''...'')
+
; left : gauche (''...'')
; right : right (''...'')
+
; right : droite (''...'')
; straight ahead : straight ahead (''...'')
+
; straight ahead : en face (''...'')
; towards the _____ : towards the _____ (''...'')
+
; towards the _____ : vers le _____ (''...'')
; past the _____ : past the _____ (''...'')
+
; past the _____ : après le _____ (''...'')
; before the _____ : before the _____ (''...'')
+
; before the _____ : avant le _____ (''...'')
; Watch for the _____. : Watch for the _____. (''...'')
+
; Watch for the _____. : Repérez le _____. (''...'')
 
; intersection : intersection (''...'')
 
; intersection : intersection (''...'')
; north : north (''...'')
+
; north : nord (''...'')
; south : south (''...'')
+
; south : sud (''...'')
; east : east (''...'')
+
; east : est (''...'')
; west : west (''...'')
+
; west : ouest (''...'')
; uphill : uphill (''...'')
+
; uphill : au sommet de la colline (''...'')
; downhill : downhill (''...'')
+
; downhill : en bas de la colline (''...'')
  
 
====Taxi====
 
====Taxi====

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French is a Romance language originating in France but spoken in many other parts of the world: in Europe in Southern Belgium and Western Switzerland; in North America in Quebec, New Brunswick, other parts of Canada, and parts of Louisiana; in the former French colonies in North Africa and West Africa; in Haiti and Martinique in the Carribbean; in Guyana in South America; in Tahiti and numerous other islands in Oceania. It has long been the language of international diplomacy and communication, and although replaced largely by English since World War II, it remains de rigeur for educated people around the world to have some level of basic French ability.

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Pronunciation

Like English and unlike most other Romance languages, it is not phonetic. The same letter used in two different words can make two different sounds, and many letters are not pronounced at all. In general, it's not impossible to sound out words, but suffice it to say that many experienced non-native French speakers -- and some native speakers -- mispronounce words often.

One thing to note is that final consonants of a word are usually dropped: allez (go) is pronounced ahl-AY, not ahl-AYZ; tard (late) is pronounce tar, not tard. Also a final "e" is usually silent.

Vowels

Vowels in French can have accent marks; except for "e", this doesn't usually change the sound.

like "a" in "father"
like "uh" in "duh"
é 
like "ay" in "say"
ê 
like "ea" in "bread"
è 
like "a" in "cat"
like "ee" in "feed"
like "o" in "home", but rounder
like "oo" in "food"
like "ee" in "feed"

Consonants

like "b" in "bed"
like "k" in "kill" (before "a", "o", and "u"), like "s" in "sun" (before "e" and "i")
ç 
like "s" in "sun"
like "d" in "death"
like "f" in "fun"
like "g" in "go" (before "a", "o", and "u"), like "g" in "sabotage" (before "e" and "i" and at the end of words)
usually silent
like "g" in "sabotage"
like "k" in "kill"
like "l" in "like"
like "m" in "me"
like "n" in "nurse" (but see Diphthongs below)
like "p" in "push"
q(u) 
like "k" in "kill" (not like "qu" in "quick")
gutteral; kind of like coughing up a hairball
like "s" in "sun"; like "z" in "zero" (before "e" at the end of a word)
like "t" in "take"
like "v" in "value"
like "x" in "exit"
like "z" in "zero"

Diphthongs

ai 
like "i" in "fight", like "ay" in "hay" (at the end of a word)
ais 
like "ea" in "bread" (at the end of a word)
au 
like "ow" in "blow"
an 
nasal; kind of like "ang" in "Tang", but without the hard "g" at the end
eu 
like "ur" in "burp"
er 
like "ay" in "hay"
ez 
like "ay" in "hay"
en 
nasal; like "ung" in "hung", but without the hard "g" at the end
in 
nasal; like "ang" in "Tang", but without the hard "g" at the end
oi 
like "wa" in "walk"
ou 
like "oo" in "food"
on 
nasal; like "ong" in "long", but without the hard "g" at the end
ui 
like "wee" in "week"
un 
nasal; like "ung" in "hung", but without the hard "g" at the end
ch 
like "sh" in "bush"
ph 
like "f" in "fun"
tch 
like "ch" in "chew" (but kind of rare)

Phrase List

In French, there are several levels of politeness. But to keep things simple this phrasebook is limited to two levels -- formal and informal -- with complex rules about age and social rank that determine which level you use. In France and most of the rest of the world, formal speech is the default; in Canada, it's informal that's used more often. This phrasebook gives everything in the formal level of politeness, on the principle that your friends or peers will just laugh if you address them too formally (vouvoyer), but strangers and "superiors" will find it offensive if you address them too intimately (tutoyer).

Note you should try not to pronounce the "G" where "NG" is used in the prononciation hint.


Basics

Hello. 
Bonjour. (bahng-ZHOO)
Hello. (informal
Salut. (sah-LOO)
How are you? 
Comment allez-vous? (kuh-MAHNG tah-LAY VOO?)
Fine, thank you. 
Bien, merci. (bee-EHNG, mayr-SEE)
What is your name? 
Comment vous appelez-vous? (kuh-MAWNG vooz AH-puhll-ay VOO?)
My name is ______ . 
Je m'appelle ______ . (ZHUH mah-PEHLL _____)
Nice to meet you. 
Enchanté(e). (AHNG-chahng-TAY)
Please. 
S'il vous plaît. (SEELL voo PLAY)
Thank you. 
Merci. (mayr-SEE)
You're welcome. 
De rien. (duh ree-ENG)
Yes. 
Oui. (WEE)
No. 
Non. (NOHNG)
Excuse me. (getting attention
S'il vous plaît (SEELL voo PLAY)
Excuse me. (you're in my way
Pardon. (pah-DOHNG)
Excuse me. (begging pardon
Excusez moi. (ehkz-KYOOZ-ay mwah)
I'm sorry. 
Désolé(e). (day-zoh-LAY)
Goodbye 
Au revoir. (OH vwah)
Goodbye (informal
Salut. (sah-LOO)
I can't speak French [well]. 
Je ne parle pas [bien] Français. (ZHUH nuh PAHRL pah [bee-ENG] FRONG-say)
Do you speak English? 
Parlez-vous Anglais? (PAHR-lay VOOZ ong-LAY?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
Est-ce qu'il y a quelqu'un ici qui parle Anglais? (ess KEEL-ee-ah kel-KUHNG ee-SEE kee PAHRL ong-LAY?)
Help! 
Au secours ! (os-KOOR!)
Look out! 
Attention !! (ah-TAHNG-see-ahng)
Good morning. 
Bonjour. (bahng ZHOO)
Good evening. 
Bonsoir. (bahng SWAH)
Good night. 
Bonsoir. (bahng SWAH)
Good night (to sleep
Bonne nuit. (buhn NWEE)
I don't understand. 
Je ne comprends pas. (ZHUH nuh cahm-PRAHNG pah)
Where is the toilet? 
Où sont les toillettes ? (OOH sohng lay TWA-leht?)

Problems

Leave me alone. 
Ne me dérange pas. (nuh muh day-RONGZH PAH!)
Buzz off. 
Casse-toi !! (CASS TWA!!)
Don't touch me! 
Ne me touche pas ! (TOOSH PAS!!!)
I'll call the police. 
J'appelle la police. (ZHUH-pell la POHL-ees)
Police! 
Police! (POHL-ees)
Stop! Thief! 
Arretez ! Au voleur ! (AH-rayTAY ! OH vo-LUer!)
I need your help. 
L'assistance, s'il vous plaît? (la-SIS-tohns, SEEL voo PLAY?)
It's an emergency. 
C'est une urgence. (say toon ur-ZHANS)
I'm lost. 
Je suis perdu. (ZHUH swee perd-OO)
I lost my bag. 
J'ai perdu mon sac. (ZHAY payr-DOO mong sak)
I lost my wallet. 
J'ai perdu mon porte-monnaie. (ZHAY payr-DOO mong port-mong-AY)
I'm sick. 
J'ai mal. (ZHAY mal)
I've been injured. 
Je suis blessé. (zhuh swee bless-AY)
I need a doctor. 
J'ai besoin d'un médecin. (ZHAY bez WANG un MAYD-sang)
Can I use your phone? 
Je voudrais utiliser votre téléphone. (ZHUH voo-DRAY yoo-TILL-ee-ZAY vot tay-LAY-fong)

Numbers

un (ung)
deux (duh)
trois (twa)
quatre (kat)
cinq (sank)
six (seece)
sept (set)
huit (wheat)
neuf (nuf)
10 
dix (deece or dee)
11 
onze
12 
douze (dooz)
13 
treize (trayz)
14 
quatorze (kat-ORZ)
15 
quinze (cans)
16 
seize (sayz)
17 
dix-sept (dee-SET)
18 
dix-huit (dee-ZWEET)
19 
dix-neuf (dee-ZNUF)
20 
vingt (vang)
21 
vingt-et-un (vang-TAY-ung)
22 
vingt-deux (vang-DUH)
23 
vingt-trois (vang-TWA)
30 
trente (trongt)
40 
quarante (KAR-ongt)
50 
cinquante (SANK-ongt)
60 
soixante (SWA-songt)
70 
soixante-dix (SWA-songt-DEE) or septante (SET-ongt) in Belgium and Switzerland
80 
quatre-vingt (katrhu-VANG) or huitante (WEE-tongt) in Belgium and Switzerland (except Geneva)
90 
quatre-vingt-dix (katrhu-vang-DEE) or nonante (NONG-nongt) in Belgium and Switzerland
100 
cent (song)
200 
deux cent (duh song)
300 
trois cent (twa song)
1000 
mille (mil)
2000 
deux mille (duh mil)
1,000,000 
one million (...)
number _____ (train, bus, etc.
numéro _____ (new-MER-oh)
half 
demi (deh-MEE), moitié (mwah-tee-ay)
less 
moins (mwan)
more 
plus (ploos)

Time

now 
maintenant (magnt-NAHGT)
later 
plus tard (plu tar)
before 
avant (A-vang)
morning 
le matin (luh mat-TANG), in the morning: dans la matinée (don la mat-IN-ay)
afternoon 
l'après-midi (lap-RAY-mee-dee)
evening 
le soir (luh SWA), in the evening: dans la soirée (don la SWA-ray)
night 
la nuit (luh NU-ee)

Clock time

one o'clock AM 
une heure du matin (...)
two o'clock AM 
deux heures du matin (...)
noon 
midi (...)
one o'clock PM 
une heure (...)
two o'clock PM 
deux heures (...)
midnight 
minuit (...)

Duration

_____ minute(s) 
_____ minute(s) (...)
_____ hour(s) 
_____ heure(s) (...)
_____ day(s) 
_____ jour(s) (...)
_____ week(s) 
_____ semaine(s) (...)
_____ month(s) 
_____ mois (...)
_____ year(s) 
_____ année(s) (...)

Days

today 
aujourd'hui (...)
yesterday 
hier (...)
tomorrow 
demain (...)
this week 
cette semaine (...)
last week 
la semaine dernière (...)
next week 
la semaine prochaine (...)
Sunday 
Dimanche (...)
Monday 
Lundi (...)
Tuesday 
Mardi (...)
Wednesday 
Mercredi (...)
Thursday 
Jeudi (...)
Friday 
Vendredi (...)
Saturday 
Samedi (...)

Months

January 
Janvier (...)
February 
Février (...)
March 
Mars (...)
April 
Avril (...)
May 
Mai (...)
June 
Juin (...)
July 
Juillet (...)
August 
Août (...)
September 
Septembre (...)
October 
Octobre (...)
November 
Novembre (...)
December 
Décembre (...)

Writing Time and Date

Give some examples how to write clock times and dates if it differs from Enlish.

Colors

black 
noir (...)
white 
blanc (...)
gray 
gris (...)
red 
rouge (...)
blue 
bleu (...)
yellow 
jaune (...)
green 
vert (...)
orange 
orange (...)
purple 
violet (...)
brown 
marron (...)

Transportation

Bus and Train

How much is a ticket to _____? 
Combien coûte le billet pour aller à _____? (...)
One ticket to _____, please. 
Un billet pour _____, je vous prie. (...)
Where does this train/bus go? 
Où va ce train/bus ? (...)
Where is the train/bus to _____? 
Où est le train/bus pour _____? (...)
Does this train/bus stop in _____? 
Ce train/bus s'arrête-t-il à _____? (...)
When does the train/bus for _____ leave? 
Quand le train/bus pour _____ part-il ? (...)
When will this train/bus arrive in _____? 
Quand ce train/bus arrivera-t-il à _____? (...)

Directions

How do I get to _____ ? 
Comment puis-je me rendre à _____ ? (...)
...the train station? 
...la gare ? (...)
...the bus station? 
...la gare routière ? (...)
...the airport? 
... l'aéroport ? (...)
...downtown? 
...en ville ? (...)
...the youth hostel? 
...l'auberge de jeunesse ? (...)
...the _____ hotel? 
...l'hôtel _____ ? (...)
...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate? 
...l'ambassade Américaine/Canadienne/Australienne/Anglaise ? (...)
Where are there a lot of... 
Où y'a-t-il des... (...)
...hotels? 
...hôtels? (...)
...restaurants? 
...restaurants? (...)
...bars? 
...bars? (...)
...sites to see? 
...sites à visiter ? (...)
Can you show me on the map? 
Pouvez-vous me montrer sur la carte ? (...)
street 
rue (...)
Turn left. 
Tournez à gauche. (...)
Turn right. 
Tournez à droite. (...)
left 
gauche (...)
right 
droite (...)
straight ahead 
en face (...)
towards the _____ 
vers le _____ (...)
past the _____ 
après le _____ (...)
before the _____ 
avant le _____ (...)
Watch for the _____. 
Repérez le _____. (...)
intersection 
intersection (...)
north 
nord (...)
south 
sud (...)
east 
est (...)
west 
ouest (...)
uphill 
au sommet de la colline (...)
downhill 
en bas de la colline (...)

Taxi

Taxi! 
Taxi! (...)
Take me to _____, please. 
Take me to _____, please. (...)
How much does it cost to get to _____? 
How much does it cost to

get to _____? (...)

Take me there, please. 
Take me there, please. (...)

Lodging

Do you have any rooms available? 
Do you have any rooms available? (...)
How much is a room for one person/two people? 
How much is a room for one person/two people? (...)
Does the room come with... 
Does the room come with... (...)
...bedsheets? 
...bedsheets? (...)
...a bathroom? 
...a bathroom? (...)
...a telephone? 
...a telephone? (...)
...a TV? 
...a TV? (...)
May I see the room first? 
May I see the room first? (...)
Do you have anything quieter? 
Do you have anything quieter? (...)
...bigger? 
...bigger? (...)
...cleaner? 
...cleaner? (...)
...cheaper? 
...cheaper? (...)
OK, I'll take it. 
OK, I'll take it. (...)
I will stay for _____ night(s). 
I will stay for _____ night(s). (...)
Can you suggest another hotel? 
Can you suggest another hotel? (...)
Do you have a safe? 
Do you have a safe? (...)
...lockers? 
...lockers? (...)
Is breakfast/supper included? 
Is breakfast/supper included? (...)
What time is breakfast/supper? 
What time is breakfast/supper? (...)
Please clean my room. 
Please clean my room. (...)
Can you wake me at _____? | Can you wake me at _____? (...)
I want to check out. 
I want to check out. (...)

Money

Do you accept American/Australian/Canadian dollars? 
Do you accept American/Australian/Canadian dollars? (...)
Do you accept British pounds? 
Do you accept British pounds? (...)
Do you accept credit cards? 
Do you accept credit cards? (...)
Can you change money for me? 
Can you change money for me? (...)
Where can I get money changed? 
Where can I get money changed? (...)
Can you change a traveler's check for me? 
Can you change a traveler's check for me? (...)
Where can I get a traveler's check changed? 
Where can I get a traveler's check changed? (...)
What is the exchange rate? 
What is the exchange rate? (...)
Where is an automatic teller machine (ATM)? 
Where is an automatic teller machine (ATM)? (...)

Eating

A table for one person/two people, please. 
A table for one person/two people, please. (...)
Can I look at the menu, please? 
Can I look at the menu, please? (...)
Can I look in the kitchen? 
Can I look in the kitchen? (...)
Is there a house specialty? 
Is there a house specialty? (...)
Is there a local specialty? 
Is there a local specialty? (...)
I'm a vegetarian. 
I'm a vegetarian. (...)
I don't eat pork. 
I don't eat pork. (...)
I only eat kosher food. 
I only eat kosher food. (...)
Can you make it "lite", please? (less oil/butter/lard
Can you make it "lite", please? (...)
fixed-price meal 
fixed-price meal (...)
a la carte 
a la carte (...)
breakfast 
breakfast (...)
lunch 
lunch (...)
tea (meal
tea (...)
supper 
supper (...)
I want _____. 
I want _____. (...)
I want a dish containing _____. 
I want a dish containing _____. (...)
chicken 
chicken (...)
beef 
beef (...)
fish 
fish (...)
ham 
ham (...)
sausage 
sausage (...)
cheese 
cheese (...)
eggs 
eggs (...)
salad 
salad (...)
(fresh) vegetables 
(fresh) vegetables (...)
(fresh) fruit 
(fresh) fruit (...)
bread 
bread (...)
toast 
toast (...)
noodles 
noodles (...)
rice 
rice (...)
beans 
beans (...)
May I have a glass of _____? 
May I have a glass of _____? (...)
May I have a cup of _____? 
May I have a cup of _____? (...)
May I have a bottle of _____? 
May I have a bottle of _____? (...)
coffee 
coffee (...)
tea (drink
tea (...)
juice 
juice (...)
(bubbly) water 
water (...)
water 
water (...)
beer 
beer (...)
red/white wine 
red/white wine (...)
May I have some _____? 
May I have some _____? (...)
salt 
salt (...)
black pepper 
black pepper (...)
butter 
butter (...)
Excuse me, waiter? (getting attention of server)
Excuse me, waiter? (...)
I'm finished. 
I'm finished. (...)
It was delicious. 
It was delicious. (...)
Please clear the plates. 
Please clear the plates. (...)
The check, please. 
The check, please. (...)

Bars

Do you serve alcohol? 
Do you serve alcohol? (...)
Is there table service? 
Is there table service? (...)
A beer/two beers, please. 
A beer/two beers, please. (...)
A glass of red/white wine, please. 
A glass of red/white wine, please. (...)
A pint, please. 
A pint, please. (...)
A bottle, please. 
A bottle, please. (...)
_____ (hard liquor) and _____ (mixer), please. 
_____ and _____, please. (...)
whiskey 
whiskey (...)
vodka 
vodka (...)
rum 
rum (...)
water 
water (...)
club soda 
club soda (...)
tonic water 
tonic water (...)
orange juice 
orange juice (...)
Coke (soda
Coke (...)
Do you have any bar snacks? 
Do you have any bar snacks? (...)
One more, please. 
One more, please. (...)
Another round, please. 
Another round, please. (...)
When is closing time? 
When is closing time? (...)

Shopping

Do you have this in my size? 
Do you have this in my size? (...)
How much is this? 
How much is this? (...)
That's too expensive. 
That's too expensive. (...)
Would you take _____? 
Would you take _____? (...)
expensive 
expensive (...)
cheap 
cheap (...)
I can't afford it. 
I can't afford it. (...)
I don't want it. 
I don't want it. (...)
You're cheating me. 
You're cheating me. (...)
I'm not interested. 
I'm not interested. (..)
OK, I'll take it. 
OK, I'll take it. (...)
Can I have a bag? 
Can I have a bag? (...)
Do you ship (overseas)? 
Do you ship (overseas)? (...)
I need... 
I need... (...)
...toothpaste. 
...toothpaste. (...)
...a toothbrush. 
...a toothbrush. (...)
...tampons. 
...tampons. (...)
...soap. 
...soap. (...)
...shampoo. 
...shampoo. (...)
...pain reliever. (e.g., aspirin or ibuprofen
...pain reliever. (...)
...cold medicine. 
...cold medicine. (...)
...stomach medicine. 
...stomach medicine. (...)
...a razor. 
...a razor. (...)
...an umbrella. 
...an umbrella. (...)
...sunblock lotion. 
...sunblock lotion. (...)
...a postcard. 
...a postcard. (...)
...postage stamps. 
...postage stamps. (...)
...batteries. 
...batteries. (...)
...writing paper. 
...writing paper. (...)
...a pen. 
...a pen. (...)
...English-language books. 
...English-language books. (...)
...English-language magazines. 
...English-language magazines. (...)
...an English-language newspaper. 
...an English-language newspaper. (...)
...an English-English dictionary. 
...an English-English dictionary. (...)

Driving

I want to rent a car. 
I want to rent a car. (...)
Can I get insurance? 
Can I get insurance? (...)
stop (on a street sign
stop (...)
one way 
one way (...)
yield 
yield (...)
no parking 
no parking (...)
speed limit 
speed limit (...)
gas (petrol) station 
gas station (...)
petrol 
petrol (...)
diesel 
diesel (...)

Authority

I haven't done anything wrong. 
I haven't done anything wrong. (...)
It was a misunderstanding. 
It was a misunderstanding. (...)
Where are you taking me? 
Where are you taking me? (...)
Am I under arrest? 
Am I under arrest? (...)
I am an American/Australian/British/Canadian citizen. 
I am an American/Australian/British/Canadian citizen. (...)
I want to talk to the American/Australian/British/Canadian embassy/consulate. 
I need to talk to the American/Australian/British/Canadian embassy/consulate. (...)
I want to talk to a lawyer. 
I want to talk to a lawyer. (...)
Can I just pay a fine now? 
Can I just pay a fine now? (...)

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