In this episode of the podcast, we focus on learning how to be polite in French and you’ll learn the phrases for “please,” “thank you,” and “you’re welcome.” Wondering how to how to say thank you in French? You’ll learn how with these French phrases in this week’s snack-sized lesson.

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In This Lesson, You Learned:

“Thank you” in French – merci / je vous remercie

“Please” in French – s’il te plaît / s’il vous plaît

“You’re welcome” in French – de rien

“Thanks a lot” in French – merci beaucoup

Featured Trade Secret:

In this episode, Shannon is also going to share a trade secret with you.

Yes! As you know, I love to travel. And for work, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to a lot of places. And while studying music in school, I even lived in France for a time. One of the things I learned while I lived there, which is unusual for here is a little bit about French etiquette. In an earlier episode, you learned bonjour is hello in French. And in France, when you enter a shop or café, you don’t try to walk in unnoticed like you would here in the US to avoid being approached. In fact, it’s rude if you don’t say bonjour when entering a shop or store or café in France.

And there’s a special thank you that’s slightly more formal that’s usually reserved for service workers — it’s merci bien. So when a waiter hands you a coffee, or a shopkeeper helps you find a clothing article in your size, you might use this thank you.

It’s also a way to say “no thanks” in French in other situations. Merci bien, mais non. Thank you, but no.

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