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When you work in a country far away from friends and family, it can be difficult and lonely. It’s important to know local customs, find your way around, and understand the money exchange. And if you don’t speak the language, it can be frustrating not being able to communicate well. Whether you’re just visiting for a short time or staying for a while, below are some phrases and words which will help Senegalese migrant workers feel more at home.
Greetings and Pleasantries
In order to make pleasant conversation, you’ll need to know a few of these short phrases. Learn to be courteous and say hello, goodbye, and more.
Salut! Hi!/Bye! (informal)
Comment allez-vous How are you? (formal or plural)
Ca va? How are you? (informal)
Excusez-moi Excuse me.
Merci Thank you.
De rien You’re welcome.
S’il vous plait Please.
Au revoir Good bye.
Je m’appelle… My name is…
Je suis de… I am from…
Je ne sais pas. I don’t know.
Requests and Other Common Questions
As you go through your day, you may have to ask a simple question. Whether you need help or just asking for directions, here are a few phrases to assist you.
Parlez-vous anglais? Do you speak English? (formal)
Tu parles anglais? Do you speak English? (informal)
Comment vous appelezvous? What is your name?
Qu’est-ce que vous avez dit? What did you say?
Qu sont les toilettes? Where are the bathrooms?
Combien coute-t-il? How much does it cost?
Ou est-ce que se trouve….? Where is…..?
…banque …the bank
…epicerie …the grocery store
…le restaurant …the restaurant
…le poste d’essence …the gas station
…l’hopital …the hospital
…la police …the police
…la pharmacie …drug store
Simple Statements and Phrases
Sometimes you want to talk as little as possible. Here a few ways to make your point without having to say a lot of words.
Parlez lentement Please speak slowly.
Je ne comprends pas I don’t understand.
Allons-y! Let’s go!
Ne t’en fais pas Don’t worry. (informal)
Ne vous en faites pas. Don’t worry. (formal)
Ce n’est pas grave. No problem.
En haut Up
Vers la bas Down
A gauche Left
A droite Right
Je t’aime I love you.
Whether you’re headed to a restaurant or going to a local bar after a long day of work, be sure to ask for what you want with these phrases.
Je voudrais… I would like…
…un verre de vin …a glass of wine
…une biere …a beer
…un menu …a menu
…une serviette …a napkin
…un verre d’eau …a glass of water
One of the best ways to learn a different language is to invest in a French to English dictionary. Look at it every day and memorize a few words or phrases. In the meantime, the list above will help you know what to say. Using an iPad or computer can also assist you in learning more about your new home and language. You can look things up easily and share with your recently acquired friends and co-workers.
Even though you will be making lots of friends in your new English-speaking territory, don’t forget about those back in your homeland. If you need to send them money you can do so quickly, easily, and securely through Sharemoney.com. Arrange for a cash pickup and in no time at all, your friends and family back home will have the money!
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