How to say what is that? in French: Qu'est que c'est

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Qu’est que c’est

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

To say what is that? in French: Qu'est que c'est
Say it out loud: “kehs kuh say

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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 what is that? in other languages!

Arabic–Ma Haza?  (ma ha za)
Chinese–Nà Shì Shénme?  (Na Shr Shuh Muh?)
Croatian–što je to?  (shtoe yay toe?)
Czech–co to je?  (so toy eh?)
Finnish–mikä tuo on?  (mi kah t uh oh on)
French–Qu'est que c'est  (kehs kuh say)
German–was ist das?  (vahst is dahs?)
Italian–che cos'è?  (chay koh say?)
Japanese–Are Ha Nandesuka?  (Ah Reh Wah Nahnn Dess Kah?)
Korean–Jeogeoneun Mwoyeyo?  (Jo Go Nun Mo Ae Yo?)
Polish–Co to jest?  (Tzo to yest?)
Portuguese–Que É Isso?  (kay eh ee-soo?)
Russian–chto eto takoe?  (shto etah tah koh ye?)
Spanish–¿qué es eso?  (kay ess essō?)
Swahili–nini hiyo  (nee nee hee yo)
Thai–Nan Arai?  (NAHN ah-rai?)
Turkish–bu ne?  (boo nay?)
Vietnamese–Cái Gì Vậy?  (Kay Yee Vuhy)

Dining? On Safari? See something strange? Then you want to ask "what is that?" (Qu'est que c'est) to your host or tour guide in French before deciding whether you want to engage or take a run! That is the fun part of experiencing other cultures. For more fun phrases, get instant access to the French Language Set.

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