Imagine you’re traveling in Paris and you need to ask for directions in French… what’s the word for where in French? And how do you get there? This free online lesson will teach you some essential travel French so you can catch a train, find your hotel and navigate your way around the city.
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Here are some basic French phrases to get you started, including Where is...? :
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Pour aller à….
How do I get to….
Pour aller à la cathédrale s'il vous plaît ?
How do I get to the cathedral please?
Pour aller à l'hôtel s'il vous plaît ?
How do I get to the hotel please?
Où est... ?
Où est le bureau de change ?
Where is the currency exchange?
Où est la gare ?
Where is the train station?
C'est combien ?
C'est combien le billet ?
How much is the fare?
C'est combien pour aller là ?
How much is it to get there?
Bon voyage à tous !
Have a happy trip everyone!
Paris is the city of romance par excellence! Many such expressions made their way into accepted English conversation with the influence of artists and musicians, such as Cole Porter in the early 1900’s. Cole Porter’s love of Paris inspired many great songs, falling under the spell of the River Seine, of the “Boulevards”, the avenues, and enchanted by Paris’s Latin Quarter.
Here are some key words to help you find your way around in Paris.
The subway network
Le centre ville
The city centre or CBD
La banlieue Parisienne
Greater Paris suburbs
The districts (in Paris only)
City train networks
La rive droite
The right bank of the Seine
La rive gauche
The left bank of the Seine
Imagine wandering through one of Paris’ bustling “marchés aux puces”, street markets and finding originals of that bygone era! The most famous street markets are north of the city center, beyond Montmartre where many 19th and 20th century artists settled and where some are even buried.
Marie-Claire Rivière and the Rocket French Team
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