How to say please in French: S'il vous plaît

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S’il vous plaît

Learning French for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say please in French: S'il vous plaît
Say it out loud: “see voo play

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Some more helpful words in our French Courtesy/Questions category:

...the bathroom – La toilette  (leh twoi let)
come with me – Venez avec moi  (ven ay vek mwah)
do you speak english? – Parlez-vous anglais?  (pah lay voo ahn glay)
excuse me – Excusez moi  (excuse eh mwah)
excuse me (to get past) – Pardon  (pahr dohn)
good / bad – bon / mauvais  (boh / moo vay)
how do you say…? – Comment dit-on  (kuh mahn dee thahn)
how much is this? – Combien est-ce?  (comb bee in ess)
may I? (point at chair, door) – Puis je?  (peej)
maybe – Peut-être  (puh tet huh)
no problem – pas de problème  (pah deh prah blem)
please – S'il vous plaît  (see voo play)
sorry – pardon  (pahr doh)
thank you – Merci  (mehr see)
what is that? – Qu'est que c'est  (kehs kuh say)
where is… – Où est  (ooh est)
yes / no – Oui / non  (wee / no)
you are welcome – De rien  (deh ree anh)

And here’s how to say please in other languages!

Arabic–Arjuk / Men fadlak  (ar juk / men fad lak)
Chinese–Qǐng  (Ching)
Croatian–molim  (moe leem)
Czech–Prosim  (pro SEEM)
Finnish–kiitos  (kee eh tos)
French–S'il vous plaît  (see voo play)
German–bitte  (bit tuh)
Italian–Per favore  (pear fa vor reh)
Japanese–Onegai Shimasu  (Oh Neh Gai Shee Mass)
Korean–Butakhaeyo.  (Boo Taak Hae Yo.)
Polish–proszę  (pro' sheh)
Portuguese–Por Favor  (pohr fah vohr)
Russian–Pozhaluysta  (Pah zhah looy stah)
Spanish–por favor  (pore fah vore)
Swahili–tafadhali  (tah fah dah lee)
Thai–Chuai  (CHOO-ai)
Turkish–lütfen  (loot fahn)
Vietnamese–Làm Ơn  (Lam Uhn)

When communicating with people it's important you learn how to use courtesy phrases such as "please" (S'il vous plaît). This courtesy phrase can be used to show politeness or when requesting for something e.g. " "please" (S'il vous plaît) notify me when the next bus arrives" or " could you take me deeper into the forest next time "please" (S'il vous plaît)?" Get instant access to the French Language Set.

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