Directions in French

Ready to master directions in French? Today’s free audio lesson will give you the essential travel French you need to navigate your way around a French-speaking country.
I wish it were as simple as learning the word for 'where' in French and a few French road signs, but there’s a little more to it than that!
As you may have already guessed, asking for directions in French is relatively easy… but understanding the directions you are given may be a little more challenging.  But have no fear – just listen to the French pronunciation in the audio and practice saying the French words and phrases aloud, as you imagine yourself strolling around Paris or driving through Provence!

How to say Directions in French

Another more complete way of asking for directions is by saying…

Here’s a list of some places you might like to go to and places you may pass on the way to getting there.

Here are some words and phrases you might hear when asking for directions…

When someone gives you directions, they’ll tell you that you need to take such-and-such street; turn left, and then follow another street…

You'll want to be able to recognize these French words...

ESPECIALLY this one...

And my favorite, which is seen in many French towns, always manages to confuse foreigners (even more)… is Toutes directions (All directions)

It really means “anywhere other than town”!

You might want to ask whether it is far or not…

Well done, you have just finished today’s lesson. I hope you enjoyed it.

À bientôt!
Marie-Claire Rivière and the Rocket French Team


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