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French Phrases – When staying in a hotel, Buying property and looking for somewhere to stay

This page is dedicated to students and visitors to France looking for help, advice and links. Here are some useful phrases for French travellers and students.

On these pages we list useful words, phrases and other French related information for French travellers and students.

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Hotel

Can you tell me how to get to the hotel? – Pouvez vous me dire fait pour aller à l'hôtel?

I confirmed my booking – J'ai confirmé ma réservation

I reserved a room in the name of xxx – J'ai réservé un chambre au nom de xxx

I shall be leaving tomorrow – Je partirai demain

I would like a single / double room – Je voudrais une chambre pour une personne / deux personnes

My key, please – Ma clé, s'il vous plait

What time is breakfast / dinner? – Le petit déjeuner / le dîner est à quelle heure?

Looking for a place to stay

agences s'abst – no agencies

asc. (ascenseur) – elevator

Bns. (bains) – bathrooms

Bal. (balcon) – balcony

Boxe – parking space

calme – quiet street, building

carac. (caractère) – with character

caution – security deposit

chgs. (charges) – supplementary monthly fee in addition to rent

chb. (chambre) – bedroom

chambre de bonne – maid's room

Property / Reconstruction

French Property Renovation Glossary. www.french4u.com

The "French Property Buyer's Glossary" should also come in handy when dealing with estate agents, documentation and notaires.

acheteur – Purchaser / Buyer

acompte – Deposit

acier inox – stainless steel

acte Authentique – Deed of Sale

Bâti (past participle from verb bâtir) – to build

Bistre – blackish-brown

Boisseaux – flue liners

carreaux de terre cuite – terracotta tiles

chantier – usually building site / place where work is being done

châtaignier – chestnut

chauffage – heating

colle – adhesive

coller / répartir – fix / spread out

comble – loft

conducteurs de chaleur – heat conductors

conduit – flue

conduit de fumée – flue

déporter – bring

des tiges où sécher serviettes ou torchons – rails to dry towels or tea towels

écarté – separated from

émaillages – enamelling

emboîter – to fit

épaisseur – thickness

fabricant du poêle – stove manufacturer

faire office – to act as

installer / emboîter – install / to fit

isolation – insulation

isolé – insulated

l'étanchéité à l'air et à l'eau – air and water tightness

l'évacuation des fumées – expulsion of smokewood burning

Le Monage d'un poêle à bois – stove

la paroi – the side / wall (of the stove)

la peintre – the paint

le mur doit être isolé sur la surface d'encombrement du poêle – the wall which the stove covers

le plancher – the floor

le poêle ne peut donc y reposer directement – the stove cannot sit on it directly

les bois du chevêtre – roof timbers / joists

les côtés et l arrière – the sides and back

les éventuelles brûlures – possible burns

maçonné en pierres apparentes – built of exposed stone

mettre en place / centrer / ajuster – position / centre / adjust

on ne se brûle pas – one doesn't burn oneself

par rapport à – in relation to

plaque chauffante – hot plate

plaque en tôle – metal sheet

pousser – push

projeter – here mark With a plumb line, mark on the floor the centre of the flue where it goes in

propre – clean

redescendre / terminer / coller / visser – take down / finish off / fix / screw

s adosser – to be built against

s'écailler – to peel off

surélever / fixer – to raise / fix

système d'emboîtement astucieux – clever way of fitting together

visser – screw

Acte de Vente – Final sales agreement

Agent immobilier – Estate agent

Assurance décès – Life Assurance

Avocat – Solicitor

Barame des honorament – Scale of Fees

en Bonne état – In good condition

Calme – Quiet

Cession – Conveyance

Compromis/Promesse de vente – Preliminary sales agreement

Condition suspensive – Let-out clause

Contrat de réservation – Reservation contract

Cuisine aménegée – Fitted kitchen

Cuisine équipée – Equipped kitchen

Cuisine americaine – Open plan kitchen

en Deux (2) niveaux – 2 storey

Expertise – Valuation appraisal

Exposé Nord – North facing

Feuille de paie – Payslip

Frais de dossier – Mortgage arrangement fee

Frais de notaire – Notaire fees

Hypothèque – Legal charge (mortgage deed)

Juriste – Lawyer

Mandat de Vente – Contract to sell

Maison 4 pièces – 4 room house (plus kitchen and bathroom)

Multirisques Habitation – Buildings and contents insurance policy

Notaire – French notary (Solicitor/Lawyer)

Période d'anticipation – Pre-completion period

de Plain-pied – Single storey

Possesseur – Owner

Prêteur – Lender

Propriété – Property

Relevé de compte – Bank statement

a Rénover – In need of renovation

3, 4 pièces – 3 or 4 rooms (plus kitchen and bathroom)

TVA – VAT

Vendeur – Vendor

Vente en l'État Futur d'Achievement VEFA – Purchase of property not yet complete

How to read an advert

agences s'abst. – no agencies

asc. (ascenseur) – elevator

Bns. (bains) – bathrooms

Bal. (balcon) – balcony

Boxe – parking space

calme – quiet street, building

carac. (caractère) – with character

caution – security deposit

chgs. (charges) – supplementary monthly fee in addition to rent

chb. (chambre) – bedroom

chambre de bonne – maid's room

Common French Abbreviations

A/R aller-retour – round-trip

AV a vendre – for sale

Bande dessinée – = BD / comic strip

BP boîte postale – post office box

CB carte bancaire – bank card

CV curriculum vitae – resume

EDF Electricité de France – electric company of France

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Useful Outside links

learn French – Publishers of Audio Magazines on CD and cassette for intermediate-to-advanced speakers of French, Spanish, German, and Italian. www.champs-elysees.com

linguaphone French – Linguaphone. www.linguaphone.co.uk

la vie outre manche – Concorde French. "La Vie autres Manche". www.concordefrench.com

learning French – Alliance Francaise. Find a course throughout France. www.alliancefr.org

Babelfish. Useful internet translation service, we like this service provided. Babelfish.altavista.com

Reverso. This one worked well too. www.reverso.net

Free Translation. You might like to try this one as well. www.freetranslation.com

M-W. French to English. www.merriam-webster.com

Dictionary. English to French. www.dictionary.com

Pourre. French dictionary of colours. pourpre.com/chroma

French Linguistics. French-English translations. www.french-linguistics.co.uk/dictionary

French learning web – Lingo 24. www.lingo24.com

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