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This 9th lesson teaches an important aspect in French which is the interrogative form also called questions. In addition, there is a list of vocabulary terms about misunderstanding and finally some commonly used phrases. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, Contact us from the page French Classes.


Being able to ask questions is what makes us curious beings, which in turns broadens our knowledge. It is no different when it comes to learning French. You will always be asking questions, and the following are some tools to help you in that quest.

The following are the 5 Ws + “how” commonly used adverbs to express the interrogative form. Most likely, whenever a question needs to be asked, one of them should be used. The table contains 3 columns (English, French, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Interrogative Form in French

Questions French Audio
How? comment ?
What? quoi ?
When? quand ?
Where? où?
Who? qui ?
Why? pourquoi ?

Now we will try to implement the adverbs above into full French sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

French Questions in a Sentence

Can I come? Puis-je venir?
Can I help you? Puis-je vous aider?
Can you help me? Pouvez-vous m’aider?
Do you know her? Vous la connaissez?
Do you speak English? Parlez-vous anglais?
How difficult is it? À quel point est-il difficile?
How far is this? C’est quelle distance?
How much is this? Il coûte combien?
How would you like to pay? Vous voudrez payer comment?
What is this called? Ça s’appelle comment ?
What is your name? Vous vous appelez comment?
What time is it? Quelle heure est-il?
When can we meet? Où est-ce que nous pouvons nous rencontrer?
Where do you live? Vous habitez où?
Who is knocking at the door? Qui frappe à la porte?
Why is it expensive? Pourquoi est-ce qu’il coûte cher ?


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Vocabulary List about Misunderstanding

There are times when you will not understand what a person said in French, or simply that you want them to repeat a word. The following are 24 expressions used to clear misunderstandings. Very essential to any conversation!

Misunderstanding in French

Misunderstanding French Audio
Can you repeat? Pouvez-vous répéter?
Can you speak slowly? Pouvez-vous parler doucement?
Did you understand what I said? M’avez-vous compris?
Don’t worry! Ne t’en fais pas!
Excuse me? (i.e. I beg your pardon?) Pardon?
How do you say “OK” in French? Comment dit-on “”OK”” en français?
I don’t know! Je ne sais pas!
I don’t understand! Je ne comprends pas!
I need to practice my French Je dois pratiquer mon français
Is that right? C’est juste?
Is that wrong? C’est faux?
Mistake Erreur / faute
My French is bad Mon français est mauvais
No problem! Pas de soucis!
Quickly vite / rapidement
Slowly lentement
Sorry (to apologize) Pardon
To speak parler
What does that word mean in English? Que veut dire ce mot en anglais?
What is this? Qu’est-ce que c’est?
What should I say? Qu’est-ce que je devrais dire?
What? Quoi?
What’s that called in French? Comment est-ce qu’on appelle ça en français?
Write it down please! Notez-le s’il vous plait!


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Daily Conversation in French

Finally, a list of some common phrases that you might come across from time to time. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our French Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in French

English French Audio
This Ce / cet / cette [nom] -ci
That Ce / cet / cette [nom] -là
Here ici
In The Morning Le matin
In the evening Le soir
At Night La nuit
Really! Vraiment!
Look! Regardez!
Hurry up! Depêchez-vous!

Fun Facts

Language Quote: The oldest written language was believed to be written in about 4500 BC.

Congratulations! You finished your 9th lesson in French about questions, and misunderstanding. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend French Lesson 10. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn French homepage.

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