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50 Must-know French Phrases for Hungry Visitors, Episode 161

50 Must-know French Phrases for Hungry Visitors


50 Must-know French Phrases for Hungry Visitors

Introduction

There are two things you need to do before coming to France:

  1. Get familiar with these sentences that are so often used by French waiters.
  2. Go on a diet before the trip because the food is going to be so good, you’ll want to eat a lot of it!

Listen to this episode a few times and get comfortable with French restaurant lingo. Once it’s de-mystified, you’ll start understanding a lot of what they’re saying to you, and you’ll get amazing food in France. Bon appétit !

Would you like to tour France with Annie and Elyse? Visit Addicted to France to choose an upcoming tour.

What You Will Learn About in this Episode with Timestamps

[00:00] This is join us in France episode 161

[00:37] Bonjour, I’m Annie and join us in France is the only travel show exclusively dedicated to helping you prepare your big trip to France. I was born and raised in France but I went to the UK and the US for college and then I lived in the US for 20 years of my life I have been back living in France for over a decade now. I didn’t work in the travel industry this podcast is something I created because I’m a bit of a geek and having lived far away from France for so long I was eager to rediscover my own country and it turns out that I also love to talk about France with other people!

[01:19] My occasional co-host and good friend Elyse has had the opposite life experience: she was born and raised in the US moved to France to complete colleg–she is an art historian–and she has been living in France and working in the travel industry for a long time.

Because Elyse is a professional tour guide we decided to organize a small group tours a few times a year I created a small business called Addicted to France, and you can read reviews about Addicted to France on Trip Advisor. To see what tours are available on what dates go to Addicted to France.

[02:00] On show you will also hear from different listeners who visited France and want to share how it went what they learned. They want to give you specific recommendations. They want people who are going after them to learn from their experience. I call those trip reports, but I could also have called them Travel Tips or Listener Insider Tips or Listener Trip Reviews. The point is you will get to hear candid reviews of other people’s vacation. You know they are not fake reviews because you can hear it straight from their mouth and we all help one another have a better vacation experience in France.

At the end of the show you will hear how you can contact me if that’s something you’d like to do. I’m not just looking for glowing reviews. I do ask people to bring up things that didn’t go as well as they had hoped.

[02:50] I’m adding a bonus episode this month because I messed up and released episode 160 early. I thought I was being so efficient by getting the episode ready early, and then it went out three days too soon because the scheduling on Libsyn, which I never use normally, is not as straightforward as I thought it would be. So I decided to add this short and fun episode so I don’t leave 10 days go by without a new show.

This one is like an extended French tip of the week episode where I’ll share with you 50 sentences that I think you’ll need at a French restaurants. You don’t need to memorize them, but at least if you can understand when people tell you these things, I think you’ll do much better. A lot of this is going to be in French and I’ll put some of these in the show notes, but the full printable list is going to be sent out as an extra to the email subscribers.

And, unless I messed up the schedule for that as well, this extra should go out next Wednesday.

If you’re interested in this episode you should also check out my list of best value restaurants in Paris on Join Us in France you will find it under http://joinusinfrance.com/ resource/restaurants

[04:13] Stay tuned after the interview to hear my thanks to listeners who support the show on https://Patrion.com/joinus, my personal updates, what’s happening around me, how to connect with me, and any news concerning the show. And now here’s the interview!

[04:30] So, now, here’s my 50 French restaurant phrases for a hungry visitors! Let’s face it one of the biggest reasons why people come to France is for the food, right? We will serve up some delicious canard. You have the most beautiful menus and prix fixe you’ve ever dreamed of. The pâtisserie will make your mouth water, and even at the end of that full meal you want the desert because it’s so delicious and so beautiful. And, well, the wine, you know if you’re not tipsy at some point in France that would be a little bit surprising. Anyway, I’m not saying you should memorize all the sentences to eat wonderfully well at French restaurants, but just the fact that you are willing to try some French will charm your waiter and will make them want to help you and also it will help you understand better. So, here you go:

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  1. [05:28] Voulez-vous manger en terrasse ou à l’intérieur ? Do you want to eat on the terrace or inside?
  2. [05:41] Est-ce que vous voulez quelque chose à boire pour commencer ? Would you like to order some drinks to start with?
  3. [05:53] Est-ce que vous avez choisi ? Have you chosen already?
  4. [06 :02] Que souhaitez-vous commander ? What would you like to order?
  5. [06’11] Voulez-vous un apéritif ? Would you like an aperitif?
  6. [06 :18] Est-ce-que vous prendrez un apéritif ? Would you like an aperitif?
  7. [06 :47] Est-ce que vous voulez commander ? Would you like to order?
  8. [06 :54] Est-ce que vous voulez voir la carte ? Do you want to see the menu?
  9. [07 :08] Voici la formule du jour. Here are the daily specials.
  10. [07 :27] Le menu d’aujourd’hui est écrit ici. The daily specials are written here.
  11. [07 :41] Souhaitez-vous un dessert ? Would you like some dessert?
  12. [04 :49] Voulez-vous un café ? Would you like some coffee?
  13. [07 :57] Est-ce-que vous prendrez un café ? Would you like some coffee?
  14. [08 :10] Est-ce-que vous prendrez un dessert ? Would you like some dessert?
  15. [08 :15] Un moment, s’il vous plaît. One moment, please.
  16. [08 :24] Je ne sais pas encore. I don’t know yet.
  17. [08 :33] Une grande carafe d’eau s’il vous plaît. A big pitcher of water please (this implies tap water).
  18. [09:00] Une grande bouteille d’eau minérale s’il vous plaît. A large bottle of mineral water please.
  19. [09 :19] Pouvons-nous commander s’il vous plaît ? Can we order please?
  20. [09:20] L’addition s’il vous plaît ! The bill please.
  21. [09 :28] Payez à la caisse s’il vous plaît. Pay at the cash register please.
  22. [10:00] Qu’est ce que vous me recommandez ? What can you recommend?
  23. [10:08] C’est quoi ça ? What is this?
  24. [10:33] Je ne comprends pas ceci, pouvez-vous expliquer s’il vous plait ? I don’t understand this, can you explain please ?
  25. [10:49] Avez-vous un menu enfant ? Do you have a children’s menu?
  26. [11:16] Je ne prendrai que le plat principal. I only want the main course.
  27. [12:44] Je suis végétarien, je ne mange ni viande ni poisson. I am a vegetarian, I don’t eat meat or fish.
  28. [13:11] Nous voulons payer séparément s’il vous plaît. We want to split the bill please.
  29. [13:38] Je voudrais réserver une table pour deux personnes pour demain soir s’il vous plaît. I’d like to reserve a table for two people tomorrow night please.
  30. [14:13] Vous commencez le service du soir à quelle heure ? What time do you start to serve in the evening?
  31. [14:23] Vous arrêtez de servir à quelle heure ? What time do you stop service?
  32. [14:47] Vous ouvrez à quelle heure s’il vous plaît ? What time do you open please?
  33. [14:54] Je vais prendre le menu à 18 euros. I will have the 18 euro menu special.
  34. [15:05] Comme entrée, je choisis For my starter I would like
  35. [15:14] Comme plat principal, je voudrais For the main course I would like
  36. [15:19] Comme dessert je voudrais For dessert I would like
  37. [15:27] Pour votre viande, vous souhaitez quelle cuisson ? How would you like your meat done?
  38. [15:42] Bleue s’il vous plaît. Very rare please.
  39. [15:53] Saignante s’il vous plaît. Rare please.
  40. [16:00] À point s’il vous plaît. Medium please.
  41. [16:11] Bien cuite s’il vous plaît. Well done please.
  42. [16:24] J’aime la viande bien cuite s’il vous plaît, je n’aime pas qu’il reste du rouge. I like my meat well done. I don’t like to see any pink.
  43. [17:06] Où sont les toilettes s’il vous plaît ? Where are the bathrooms please?
  44. [17:13]Pouvez-vous répéter plus lentement s’il vous plaît ? Could you repeat more slowly please?
  45. [17:24] Pouvez-vous expliquer en anglais s’il vous plaît ? Could you explain in English please?
  46. [17:36] Avez-vous un vin de la maison ? Do you have a house wine?
  47. [17:45] Vous avez des pichets de vin s’il vous plaît ? Do you serve wine pitchers please?
  48. [18:26] J’ai des allergies alimentaires. I have food allergies.
  49. [18:56]Un peu plus de pain s’il vous plaît ! Some more bread please.
  50. [19:17] S’il vous plaaaaaaaaaaît !!! Come-on, get over here!

Conclusion

Be your nice friendly selves and try a little French, those are the secrets to a great time of eating in France.

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Running the Paris Marathon, Episode 155

Running the Paris Marathon


Paris marathon, Calee Spinney and a friend in front of Notre Dame in Paris

Every big sports event has to start somewhere. The Paris Marathon got its start in 1896 and it was tiny then! It had 191 participants, none of them women. Things have changed so much since then. Today’s Paris Marathon takes as many as 50,000 runners, many of them women, including today’s guest, Calee Spinney who ran the 2017 edition comes on the show to tell us some of the things she wishes she knew before she ran it. If you’re thinking about running the Paris marathon in 2018, you’ve come to the right place! Advice about the event, and all of the other things you can do while in Paris!

Would you like to tour France with Annie and Elyse? Visit Addicted to France to choose an upcoming tour.

What You Will Learn About in this Episode

Full transcript below the fold.

  • 1’38 Congratulations on running the Paris marathon!
  • 2’30 When did you sign up? What did it involve?
  • 4’31 Why do you need a medical form?
  • 6′ Do you run through gorgeous parts of Paris?
  • 7’52 Was it well organized?
  • 8’30 How do it work on the ground?
  • 9′ Various extras you can buy at the Expo
  • 11′ Is the commercial activity surrounding the Paris marathon good value or rip off?
  • 12’30 Running on cobblestone is hard on the body
  • 12’50 What do you wish you knew before you went?
  • 15′ Food/water you can get along the route
  • 17′ The finishing shirt
  • 18′ What did you do besides running the Paris marathon?
  • 19′ Is Paris food good for marathon runners?
  • 21′ Was it your first time in Paris? Where did you stay?
  • 23′ How about safety surrounding the Paris marathon?
  • 24’30 Any recommendations you can share?
  • 26′ Meeting a super-friendly Parisien
  • 30′ Thanks and personal update

Conclusion

If Calee has inspired you to put on your sneakers and come to Paris to run the Paris marathon make sure to prepare your visit with one of the other episodes, such as the one on how to protect yourself from pickpockets in Paris or how to enjoy Paris on a budget. There is also a half-marathon in Paris, if that’s more your distance.

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How to Protect Yourself from Pickpockets in Paris, Episode 154

How to Protect Yourself from Pickpockets in Paris, Episode 154


how to protect yourself from pickpockets in paris

Introduction

On today’s episode Annie and Elyse discuss how to protect yourself from pickpockets in Paris. We give specific steps anybody can take that will make it less likely that you will be the victim of a pick pocket, but also also steps to mitigate the repercussions if you do get robbed. Let’s not fool ourselves, pickpockets and magicians and they use the same misdirection techniques as magicians. A lot of them are really good at what they do! So if it’s happened to you, don’t feel bad, just do everything you can so it doesn’t happen again.

The only way to make sure nothing bad ever happens is to stay home and do nothing, but we’re not going to do that are we?  So, listen to this episode and get some inspiration on how to protect yourself from pickpockets in Paris and go on your next trip full of confidence!

Would you like to tour France with Annie and Elyse? Visit Addicted to France to choose an upcoming tour.

What You Will Learn about in this Episode

Look below the fold for transcript and time stamps.

  • Remove as much as you can from your wallet or purse.
  • Don’t put anything in your back pocket.
  • Don’t put anything in pockets unless they zip or button.
  • Only take one credit card and a little bit of cash with you, the rest should stay at the hotel.
  • Don’t have your driver’s license on you.
  • Don’t carry your passport, only a photocopy.
  • Photocopy the front and back of your credit cards and keep them in a safe place just in case you need to call to cancel them.
  • Do not bring any checks to France, you can’t use them.
  • Notify your bank that you’ll be travelling abroad.
  • Don’t bring your work ID.
  • Bring a list of all the medications you take and bring enough drugs for your whole stay.
  • Only carry one day’s worth of medications on your person.
  • Women should carry a purse that they can have across their torso.
  • Cargo pants with buttoned pockets are good for men.
  • Loose clothing puts you at great risk to be pickpocketed.
  • Protect your phone, women should consider keeping it in their bra or in a zipped pocket.
  • Put different things in different purse pockets.
  • If you don’t live in a large city in the US you are not used to being on alert for theft.
  • Photographers need to consider using a holster system like the Peak Design Capture Pro  with its accompanying Clutch that Annie now owns and loves.

Conclusion

The only way to never have anything unpleasant happen to you is to stay home. But, if you’re listening to this podcast, you probably don’t want to do that. We agree with you! Paris isn’t any worse than any other big city when it comes to pickpockets, and as a matter of fact, the police that this stuff very seriously, but there are no guarantees.

In this episode we’ve shared some specific suggestions of things you can do to lessen the impact of a adverse pickpocket encounter. If it’s going to happen, at least let’s do things that will lessen the blow.

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