This free audio lesson is all about how to say Thank you in French, Merci. Knowing how to be polite in French is essential for any French language learner. After today’s free French audio lesson you’ll be able to say Thank you in French, "excuse me", "sorry", and use other polite French expressions with confidence.
There are a few different ways to say Thanks in French! Listen carefully to the French pronunciation and practice saying the French salutations aloud – you’ll have these mastered in no time!
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Thanks a lot.
Thank you sir.
Saying Thanks often follows a request that used the word s'il te plait or s'il vous plait, two different ways of saying please depending on whether you know the other person or not.
S'il te plait
Please (when you know the person)
S'il vous plaît
Please (when you don't know the person)
Merci pour votre aide.
Thanks for your help. (formal)
Merci pour ton aide.
Thanks for your help.
Excusez-moi s'il vous plaît.
Excuse me please. (formal)
Excuse-moi s'il te plaît.
Excuse me please.
Je suis désolé(e).
I'm sorry about that.
C'est très gentil.
That is very kind
C'est très gentil de votre part.
How kind of you. (formal)
C'est très gentil de ta part.
How kind of you.
Whether you are travelling to a French speaking country or simply interacting with French people, acting in a courteous way will win you friends and gain you respect. French people tend to be more formal and place more emphasis on courtesy than you might be used to.
Use all of the French salutations above liberally, and you’ll find that people will treat you better! In fact, check out this lesson on the various ways to say Goodnight in French...
Marie-Claire Rivière and the Rocket French Team
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