The ultimate list of French conversation starters and topics

Over the shoulder view of people at a dinner party, in deep discussion.

It’s finally happened: You’ve learned enough French that you can carry on at least a simple conversation with a French person! Félicitations !   But now that you can do it, you may be wondering how to go about it. Let’s look at some French conversation starters, as well as some strategies and phrases you’ll need …


12 common ways to say “welcome” in French

A welcome mat in a doorway reads "Bienvenue".

Bienvenue is the most common way of saying “welcome” in French but as with most common words and expressions, there are variations. And there’s also a totally different verb to express “to welcome”: accueillir. Let’s take a welcome dive into these words and more, starting with seven common ways to say “Welcome” in French. The simple …


All about “fuir”, a French verb you don’t need to avoid

A man runs in a field of tall grass or wheat. We see him in the middle ground,the wheat is all around us and at eye level nearly in the foreground.

There’s no need to run away from the French verb fuir! It may look a bit strange, but once you understand its basic meaning, it’s easy to use.  Let’s learn how to conjugate fuir, what it means, and how it differs from its cousin, the verb s’enfuir. Fuir conjugation Fuir is an irregular verb that’s conjugated with …


Voilà: What’s the meaning of the popular French word?

An overhead image of three girls pointing at the screen of a laptop computer on a coffee table in front of them. We can only see their legs, feet, and parts of their torsos, as well as their arms. We can see two of the girls are blonde. They are wearing jeans in different colors and sweaters or peasant blouses. The girl in the middle has jeans with large holes in the knees.

Voilà is a word you’ve probably heard at least a few times before, even in languages other than English. But maybe you’re wondering what exactly voilà means, and how to use it in French. Looking for an explanation of all things voilà?  Here it is! What does voilà mean? Voilà essentially means “here or there something/someone is”. By extension, …


The delicious guide to le goûter and snacking à la française

Two cookies, perhaps ginger snaps, sit on a black table. One is flat on the table while the other cookie is propped up against the first one.

In a country famous for its pastries and viennoiseries, not to mention cheese, bread, and other goodies, French people have quite the selection of things to snack on! But there’s a twist: In France, it’s usually a no-no for adults to eat between meals. On the other hand, French kids have their own special snack …