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French conversational phrases
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Greetings & Response

Ça va?
How's it going?
Ça va
OK
Ça ne va pas
Not going well
Ça va de soi
It goes without saying
Ça va mal finir
It's going to end badly
Ça te va bien!
That suits you!
Ça ne va pas, non?
What's wrong with you?

Conver­sat­ional Filler / Common interj­ection

Ça y est!
There we go! There it is! Finally! It's done! similar to voilà
C'est ça?
Is that it? Is that right?
C'est ça
That's it, that's right.
Bon
Good
Ah Bon?
Oh really?
Alors
So, then or while
Et alors
So?, So what?
Bien
Well...
Eh bien
So or well...
Ben oui
Well, yeah
Ben non
Well, no
Mais oui!
Absolu­tely!
Mais non!
Absolutely not
 

Useful transition

Ça m’est égal
Doesn’t matter to me / I don't care
Ce n’est pas grave /C’est pas grave
No big deal
Ça marche?
Does that work?
Ça marche
That works
Pas de problème
No problem / no worries
Ça ne fait rien / ça fait rien
Nevermind
C’est-­à-dire?
What do you mean
C’est-­à-dire
In other words
Franch­ement
Honestly
Quand même
Really, all the same, still
Enfin
Well, finally, afterall
Ça te dit? / Ça vous dit?
How does that sound?)
À cause de
because of (negative cause)
grâce à
thanks to (more positive cause)
en raison de
because of (neutral)
D‘ailleurs
Incide­ntally / by the way
En tout cas
in any case, anyhow or anyway
Tout à fait
exactly
Tout à façon
anyway
Et puis
And what’s more / and then
En fait
actually
Au fait
by the way
Je n’en sais rien / J'en sais rien
I don’t know anything about it / I have no idea
Ensuite
then
Finalement
After all, in the end
 

Checking if Someone or Something is Basically Cool

Ça va?
How’s it going?
Ça marche?
Does that work?
Ça te dit? / Ça vous dit?
How does that sound?

Being a Good Listener and Reassuring Presence

Ce n’est pas grave /C’est pas grave
No big deal / It doesn't matter
Pas de problème
No problem
Ça ne fait rien
Never mind
Ah bon?
Oh really?
C’est-­à-dire?
What do you mean?
C’est-­à-dire
In other words
Ne t'en fais pas
Don't worry!
Il n'y a pas de problème
Don't worry about it
T'inquiète pas! C'est pas grave.
Don't worry about it! It doesn't matter.

Getting from One Thought to the Next

Bon
Good
Alors
So, then, while
Bien
Well...
à cause de/grâce à/en raison de
Because of / thanks to / because of
d’ailleurs
Incide­ntally
en tout cas
Anyhow, anyway, in any case
et puis
And what’s more / and then

Words and Phrases You Can Drop Just About Anywhere

enfin
Well, finally, afterall
bon
good
franch­ement
Honest­ly/as long as you really mean it, of course!
alors
so, then, while

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