French for Travelers is a short, intensive course designed for students with little or no experience with the 

French language and culture.

The course consists of four lessons focused on: pronunciation, greetings, and basic vocabulary for money, time,

days of the week, numbers, making reservations, eating out, asking questions about basic needs, and asking 

for directions. 

Scenarios include: hotels; markets, and boutiques; train and bus stations; airports; and restaurants. 

The course is flexible and can easily be tailored to fit the needs of participants with specific vocabulary and 

travel scenarios (e.g. those taking biking or hiking vacations).

This course is not designed to teach you how to speak French. If you wish to learn to speak French, 

please consider enrolling in one of the French conversation classes specifically focused on language acquisition.

There is no textbook requirement for this course. 


Basic greetings and useful expressions


European Union currency

Days of the week

Months of the year

Practice online 

1. Alphabet, numbers, and greetings 

2. French greetings 

3. Numbers 11-100 

4. Days of the week 

5. Months of the year  



Stating the date

Indicating the time 

The French alphabet and spelling your name in French

Basic French language structure 

Subject pronouns: je, tu, il, elle, on, nous, vous, ils, elles

3 high-frequency verbs: avoir (to have), être (to be), aller (to go)

Basic negation using ne...pas (not)

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Practice online

1. French alphabet   

2. French alphabet  

3. Regular -er verbs here 

4. être here

5. aller here

6. avoir here

7. vouloir, pouvoir, and devoir here


1. Indicating the time listening practice

2. Irregular verbs "être, aller, avoir": pronunciation practice

3. Hotels, restaurants, open-air markets: info and 

    vocabulary to help you get around

4. Trains and the Paris Métro system 

Learn to Ride the Metro in Paris 

Consult or print a Paris Métro map

(Scroll down to the bottom of this page for additional 

useful websites.)

Tipping guidelines from David Lebovitz here

Restaurant vocabulary online here

Ordering coffee here 

Open-air market info here


General practice: greetings, names, alphabet, numbers, days of week, months, dates

Ordering in a restaurant, making reservations

Practice using the Paris Métro

Question words: pourquoi, quand, où, comment


Asking for directions: "S'il vous plaît, pour aller... / S'il vous plaît, je cherche..."        



For the train system in Paris, click here. Then click on the British flag for the English version.

Visiting Paris (English version of website)

The Paris Pass 

You Tube about the Paris Metro system / Using the Paris Metro system (in French) 

The French train system  

Interactive map: public transport for Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport

Driving in France: Wikitravel 

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