Like you, already speaking French makes it a LOT easier for me to understand things down there. I try to go at least once a year & do a lot of brushing up on basic vocab right before I go…but, like you, i pretty much lose any ability to use it once I’m out of the environment. There’s also a podcast that I download and listen to which has been really helpful to learn phrases and words. It’s /lessons Although i just googled it to make sure i had the address right and i see that there’s a podcast on learning vocab for a marital spat in prison…ha ha….let’s hope I don’t need THAT vocabulary.
Whether you are an aspiring Francophile (lover of French) or need to learn a few French phrases for a vacation in a French-speaking country, this page will teach you some of the most useful French words and phrases. You may want to memorize them all or pick just a few that seem to be most interesting and practical. Whatever your decision, taking some time to learn these common phrases will give you more choice and confidence when communicating with native French speakers, as well as classmates in your French class. The phrases in the table are accompanied with pronunciation guides and English translations. While studying the phrases below, it may be a good idea to occasionally consult your French-English dictionary and look up the definitions of individual words. You will discover that literal English translations are quiet different from the original French phrases. Dedicating a little extra time to word-by-word translations will help you to better memorize the phrases, achieve deeper understanding, and get some insight into how sentences are structured in French.