Parlez-vous francais?

What does Parlez-vous français ? mean? if you hear someone say that to you they are asking "Do you speak French?" After this free French lesson you’ll be able to say how much French you know, and manage a French conversation that is going too fast for you.
 
Most people are happy to speak more slowly in French when they know that you are learning – all you have to do is ask!

How to pronounce Parlez-vous francais ?

Here are some of the most basic French phrases to get you started. Further on in this lesson we will look at the pronunciation of these and more French phrases.
 

  • Parlez-vous français ? - Do you speak French? (polite form)
  • Est-ce que vous parlez français ? - (Is it that) you speak French? (very polite form)
  • Parlez plus lentement s'il vous plaît ! - Speak more slowly please!
  • Parlez-vous anglais ? - Do you speak English? (polite form)
  • Vous parlez français - You speak French (polite form)
  • Vous ne parlez pas français - You don’t speak French (polite form)
  • Vous parlez bien français - You speak French well
  • Vous parlez français couramment - You speak French fluently
  • Vous parlez mal le français - You speak French badly

Parlez-vous français ?

There are a couple of ways of asking "do you speak French?". We look at those here, and how you would say "You speak French" as a statement.
 

Hopefully you will hear...

And not...

Here is a short conversation about speaking French that may occur!

French Conversation

Claire
Est-ce que vous parlez français?
Paul:
Oui, un peu.
Claire
Est-ce que vous me comprenez?
Paul:
Oui, mais pouvez-vous parler un peu plus lentement?
Claire
Bien sûr. Ça va mieux?
Paul:
Oui merci.
Claire
Est-ce que vous parlez aussi verlan?
Paul:
Je ne sais pas. Qu’est-ce que c’est?
Claire
Hahaha!

English Translation

Claire
Do you speak French?
Paul:
Yes, a little.
Claire
Can you understand me?
Paul:
Yes, but can you speak a little more slowly?
Claire
Of course. Is that better?
Paul:
Yes, thank you.
Claire
Do you also speak slang?
Paul:
I don't know. What's that?
Claire
Hahaha!

So there you have the fundamentals of social interaction in French. After you accomplish that, you'll have a clear enough head to start thinking about what comes next.

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


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