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Useful French Phrases for Your Next Walking Holiday in France

useful french phrases on holiday with Sherpa Expeditions

 

When hiking in the French countryside on one of our grande randonnées (long distance trails), you may occasionally like to have a chat with the locals. Perhaps you like to learn a bit more about their culture and cuisine or you simply like to ask for a direction. This list of useful French phrases may come in handy on your next walking holiday in France – do not forget to work on your pronunciation though!

 

Should I go left / right / straight / or turnaround?.............  

Est-ce que je dois aller a gauche / a droite / tout droit / ou bien est-ce que je dois faire demi-tour?

How far is it until the next village?........................................


A combien est le prochain village?
Where can I find a toilet?..........................................................

sont les toilettes?


When was this castle built?.....................................................



Quand est-ce que ce château a été construit?

Can I enter this church / castle / cemetery / cathedral?...  

Est que l’on peut visiter cette église / ce château / ce cimetière / cette cathédrale?

I would like 1/2/3/4 entrance tickets.....................................


Je voudrais un / deux / trois / quatre tickets.

 

What is the best restaurant in town?....................................


Quel est le meilleur restaurant de la ville?

What is this dish called?............................................................

Comment s’appelle ce plat?

Of course you'd like to be prepared to understand the answer in French. So when you're in the Luberon, you may expect to hear ratatouille as the answer, in Ardeche perhaps crique or bombine (both potato-based) and in the Cevennes soup aux chataignes (chestnut soup). When in Dordogne you may prepare for a response like cassoulet (stew), in Tarn & Aveyron aligot (cheese & potatoes), and in the Loire your dessert may well be the famous tarte-tatin.


Where can I do some wine tasting?........................................


Est-ce qu'il y a une dégustation de vin dans les environs?

What time do you serve dinner?.............................................

A quelle heure servez-vous le diner?

I am a vegetarian / vegan.........................................................

Je suis végétarien / végétalien.

I am allergic to gluten / nuts / lactose...................................

Je suis allergique au gluten / aux noix / aux produits laitiers.


Where is the nearest supermarket?......................................



Où est le super marché le plus près?


I had a wonderful sleep.............................................................

 


Dormez bien. / Bonne nuit.

Good morning! / Good evening................................................

Bonjour! / Bonsoir. 

Thank you! / Excuse me / Sorry...............................................

Merci! / Excusez-moi / Pardon

We hope these French words proof useful on your next walking holiday to the beautiful European country and that they will help you find your way around. Have a look below the image (which shows a small group of hikers doing the TMB) to find some ideas for popular walking holidays in France – or contact our team of travel experts to discuss your queries.

 

Useful french words on walking holidays in France - Sherpa Expeditions

 

Popular walking holidays in France


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