Top 10 Phrases To Never Say in French

1.Don’t use “Tu” when you should use “Vous”

“Tu” is used for talking to children and friends and “vous” is for talking to adults in a formal setting.

2.Don’t use “Bonne nuit!” four “Good bye!”

It’s better to use “Au revoir!” which actually means “Good bye!”.

3.Don’t use “Garçon” or “Porteur”

Those two words mean “Boy” and “Porter” in English. A more polite alternative for calling a waiter or train/airport staff is to say “Monsieur” meaning “Sir”.

4.Don’t say “Je suis excité(e)” when you are excited

This literally means “I’m excited sexually”. You should better use “Je suis très heureux/se…” which means “I’m very happy…”.

5.Don’t say “Je suis chaud(e)/froid(e)” when you are hot or cold

“Je suis chaud/e” means that you are horny and “Je suis froid/e” means that you are frigid. So if you are feeling hot or cold you should say “J’ai chaud/e” or “J’ai froid/e”.

6.Don’t say “Je suis plein/e” when you are full

This actually means “I’m pregnant”. You should replace it by “J’ai trop/assez mangé” meaning “I ate enough/too much”.

7.Don’t use “de la glace” to request ice

“La glace” refers to “ice cream”. If u you want some “ice (cubes)” in your drink you should ask for “des glaçons”.

8.Don’t use “Je suis…ans” to tell your age

The french say “J’ai 30 ans” which literally means “I have 30 years”.

9.Don’t ask for change with “J’ai besoin de change”

Need change of a large bill? Then use “J’ai besoin de monnaie” or “J’ai besoin de faire de change”. Otherwise the listener will think u need a fresh set of clothes.

10.Using the verb “visiter” in reference to people

You can use it if you are doing some sightseeing, as it’s used for places and monuments. But referring to people you should use “Je vais voir” meaning “I’m going to see” or the expression to visit people “rendre visite à…”.

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