Bon Jour, Merci, Parlez-vous anglais? The only three French words/phrases I’ve attempted to say. For the novice French language of you, like me, here is why Ia��m using these;
BonJour is Cheap calling plans Good Morning/Day
Merci is Thankyou
Parlez-vous anglais? is Do you speak English?
The language has been one of the most daunting things about visitingParis; however I am glad to see and know many shops have bi-lingual staff, including the Hotels, Shuttle bus driver and Restaurants. However, that is no excuse to not attempt to speak French, even if it is to ask, do you speak English?
Imagine how annoying it would be for someone asked you in French or another language a question? Would you be offended or less likely to assist them? But if they attempted to ask the question in English or ask if you speak their language, that would be polite.
My pronunciation is a little off – but they understand Ia��m not a local.