Simply French for Beginners - at a restaurant

There are sort of 4 stages to having a meal in a restaurant.

  1. Securing a table
  2. Menus, choosing, food and drinks
  3. Ordering your food and drinks
  4. Paying and leaving


1.     1. Entering a restaurant and securing a table – some ways to ask for a table

Je voudrais…. = I would like

Avez-vous….. = have you … ?

Est-ce que vous avez…. = Have you (literally, ”is it that you have….?”)

Je voudrais réserver…. = I would like to reserve….

Une table pour (number) personnes

S'il vous plait = please

Bon soir Monsieur, je voudrais une table pour deux personnes s'il vous plait.

Bon soir Monsieur, avez vous une table pour deux personnes s'il vous plait.

Bon soir Monsieur, je voudrais resérver une table pour deux personnes s'il vous plait.


What the restaurateur might say as you enter or in reply :

Qu'est-ce que vous voulez?

Mesdames et Monsieurs

Madame et Monsieur

C'est à manger? = is it to eat ?

Manger-vous Monseiur/Madame ? Are you going to be eating sir/madame ?

Voulez-vous manger?

French people sometimes greet strangers in a restaurant as they enter

They often exchange pleasantries as they leave also


2.    2.  Menus, choosing, food and drinks

Menu – “Le menu” is used now, or “la carte” for the best menu they have (à la carte)

(Look at menus)


3.3.3. Ordering your food and drinks

Voulez-vous qulequechose à boire?

Quelquechose à boire?

Vin blanc / Vin rouge / Vin rose – un verre, une bouteille

Biere / un pression – grand, petit, cinquante centilitres, vingt cinq centilitres, etc.

Brands such as « seize soixante quattre » 1664


Vous avez choisi? = You have chosen ? / Avez-vous choisi? = Have you chosen

Non, merci, cinq minutes s'il vous plait? = no thank you, 5 minutes please ?

Avez-vous un repas végétarien? = have you a vegetarian meal ?

Oui, merci. Je voudrais….

Comment voulez-vous que cuit? = How would you like that cooked?

Cuit? = cooked how?

Avec pommes frites? = with chips ? / Avec salade? = with salad ?


Terminé? = finished?

Avez-vous terminé? / Vous avez terminé? = have you finished?


4.   4. Paying and leaving

L'addition, s'il vous plait. = the bill please / L'addition, merci. = the bill thank you

« Service pas inclus » = service (not) included


Au revoir monsieur…..

Simply French for Beginners - Numbers


1 = Un

2 = deux

3 = trois

4 = quattre

5 = cinq

6 = six

7 = sept

8 = huit

9 = neuf

10 = dix

For 11-16 a rogue "z" gets into the word

Then we get closer to the English way of "seven-teen", "eight-teen", etc. But turned around the other way...”ten-seven”, “ten-eight”, “ten-nine”.

11 = onze

12 = douze

13 = treize

14 = quattorze

15 = quinze

16 = seize

17 = dix-sept

18 = dix-huit

19 = dix-neuf

20 = Vingt (pronounced “vangt”)


21 = Vingt et un

22 = Vingt deux

23 = Vingt trois

24 = Vingt quattre

25 = Vingt cinq

26 = Vingt six

27 = Vingt sept

28 = Vingt huit

29 = Vingt neuf

30 = Trente (pronounced “tront-uh”)

Quarante = 40,  Cinquante = 50,  Soixante = 60.

Then it goes haywire !

Soixante-dix = 70 (sixty-ten), quatre-vingts = 80 (4 twentys), quatre-vingts dix = 90 (four twentys-ten),

cent = 100.

Simply French for Beginners - Introductions



·         Bonjour = Good morning, hello (any time during the daytime)

·         Bon soir = Good evening, hello (evenings only)

·         Au revoir = goodbye

·         The French are very polite – they always say monsieur or madame. If in doubt, say it.

·         Bonjour Monsieur (pronounced "mers-yer"), Madame = Good morning sir, madam


·         In French you cannot say "I am Jon". They say “I call myself Jon”.

·         Je m'appelle Jon (Snell) = Literally "I myself call Jon"

·         Or in a more English way = “My name is Jon”, “I am Jon”


·         The question to ask someone’s name is “Comment vous appellez-vous?”

·         Literally = "How yourself call you"

·         Or in a more English way = “What's your name?”


Combining the three:

·         Bonjour Monsieur, je m'appelle Jeanette, comment vous appellez-vous?

·         Bonjour Madame, je m'appelle Jon.

·         Enchanté, Jon. (pleased to meet you Jon, like “enchanted, Jon”)


Where do you live/?

·         Oú habitez-vous? = Where do you live?

·         J'habite á Whitley Bay, en Angleterre = I live at Whitley Bay, in England


Where are you from?

·         D’oú êtes-vous? = Where are you from?

·         Je suis de Newcastle = I am from Newcastle


Other frequently used phrases:

·         Pardon = excuse-me (used to say sorry or to clear a path)

·         Excusez-moi = excuse me

·         Excusez-moi madame, excusez-moi monsieur

·         S’il vous plait = please

·         Merci (beaucoup) = thanks (very much)

·         Merci madame, merci monsieur


·         (je suis) désolé = (I am) sorry

Phone photography 1st session

Content to follow

Crafty Ideas: looking forward

We have lots of exciting new ventures coming up on Pass it on Skills in the first half of this year and we are coming up to our half birthday (which we should celebrate but Im not sure how! watch this space).


I have applied for our second Small Sparks grant (Whitley Bay Big Local) with the hope of being able to fund some of the one off events for example, a craft workshop in association with the BBC Get Creative events on 2nd April, Whitley Bay Carnival on 28th May and I'd love to mark the World Wide Knitting in Public day which is 18th June 2016. There is also least I forget World Book Night as well on the 23rd April.


In the next two weeks we have three new events Origami, (March 12th at Olives) Walk and Talk (March 20th) and Make up workshops (March 19th Birth and Baby centre). It has been fantastic being able to facilitate abd support these new ideas. Particularly meaningful to me is being able to coordinate a jewellery workshop (May 21st at Papercuts)  as the materials for this session have kindly been donated to the group by a member whose mother prior to her death had enjoyed practicing the skill of making jewellery. I am hoping that people will make a donation towards this event which we can then give to the Oncology Unit at North Tyneside General Hospital. 


We also launched our website which we couldn't have done without Jymn's tireless dedication - thank you Jymn and got our first press release published in The Whitley Bay Guardian. 


All in all its been an incredibly busy and exhilarating few weeks. 


Thank you to everyone for making Skills a success




If you want to join any of the events you can do so by joining the events through the Facebook page or you can send an email using the contact email on this webpage.

Crafty Ideas: looking for skilful solutions.

The first in what I hope will be a series of blogs about all things connected with Pass it on Skills. About what's happening now and plans for the future.

Pass it on Skills has grown at an extraordinary rate and has truly taken on its own momentum. This is because of its amazing members who give their time, passion, enthusisam and dedication to the group. It is a group very much founded from the roots up and that is the way I hope it will remain. I believe this is why the group has grown the way it has and why it has such a genuine feeling of community.

 After the success of the Pass it on Skills gathering in February 6th 2016 I feel it would be great to try to organise some more joint ventures between the  different pass it on groups. The Whitley Bay carnival in May seems to provide an ideal platform for this to happen in some shape or form. This is very much still a work in progress. Please let us know your ideas for any future ventures.

I very much hope Pass it on Skills will be successful in being awarded some additional grant money in the future in order that we can sustain the growth and flow of creativity during 2016

all the best for now jo

The Website

From a simple website, to a Content Management System, a few pages, to a repository for recipes, hints, tips  and the like. A blog system would be nice and can we add an events calendar? So far so good J.  I still have plans to add a photo gallery and I’m wondering what’s next in the we would like list.

 This website is a bit like the Group its about, its growing rapidly in various directions, more than a little unpredictable at times, but led by the members and their requests and skills. Its been built from within the ‘Skills group, with contributions coming from the various interest groups and the plan is that that will continue – in fact, now that its up and running, its hoped that the IT/Technology group will maintain and continue to develop it.

Our First Press Release

Press Release:  ‘Pass It On Skills’ Showcase Event

Date of submission:  Monday, 8th Feb 2016

Word Count:  287



Have you ever wanted to learn a new skill, or maybe pass on some of your own expertise to others?  A new project, based in North Tyneside coastal area,  aims to give you the opportunity to do just that.  The Pass It On Project was founded by Joanna Bates in October 2015, and has already seen the number of people interested in taking part in skill-sharing activities increase from a mere handful to several hundred members.  What started as a call-out to local people to come together to spread skills has grown in momentum and now sees many small groups meeting on a semi-regular and voluntary basis.


On Saturday, the Pass It On Project hosted its first showcase and celebration event at ‘Olives at the Station’ in Whitley Bay.  Funded by a Big Local Small Sparks grant, people were given the opportunity to share what their groups had been learning about.  Activities included Tai Chi, Charleston dancing, origami, an inter-generational ‘twiddle muff’ scheme, hum and strum, beginners’ crochet and a recorder ensemble, among many others.


Group founder, Joanna, said, ‘I was overwhelmed by the response to our first gathering on Saturday. There are some amazingly talented and generous people in our neighbourhood. Pass It On Skills is going from strength to strength and is based on bringing people in our community together, connecting, creating and collaborating and all for free.


If you are interested in finding out more about the Pass It On Skills Project, have something to share or want to find a new hobby and make new friends, you can join the Facebook group at

Http://, or go to


All of the groups are run on a voluntary basis, and are free to attend (though where necessary we may ask for a donation towards the venue hire).

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