French Lessons with our Mauritian Airbnb Host

On our trip to Mauritius, we roped our poor Airbnb host, Devina, into giving us some French lessons. Let’s just say that French is a tough nut to crack. 

French Lessons

Here is a useful guide to skip through the video (time – English  |  French (phonetic spelling):

  • 00:00 – Hello |  Bonjour (bohn-ZHOOR)
  • 00:20 – Goodbye  |  Au revoir (oh ruh-VWAHR)
  • 00:45 – How are you? (informal)  |  Comment ça va ? (kaw-mahng sah VAH)
  • 00:55 – Yes  |  Oui (WEE)
  • 00:59 – No  |  Non (NOHN)
  • 01:03 – Excuse me  |  Pardon (pahr-DOHN)
  • 01:09 – Please (formal)  |  S’il vous plaît (seel voo PLEH)
  • 01:21 – Thank you  |  Merci (merr-SEE)
  • 01:29 – My name is ______  |  Je m’appelle ______ (zhuh mah-PELL _____)
  • 01:47 – What is your name? (informal)  |  Comment t’appelles-tu? (kaw-mahng tah-pell TEW?)
  • 02:07 – I don’t understand  |  Je ne comprends pas (zhuh nuh KOHM-prahn pah)
  • 02:33 – Counting
    • 1 un/une (uhn)/(uun)
    • 2 deux (duh)
    • 3 trois (trwah)
    • 4 quatre (kahtr)
    • 5 cinq (sank)
    • 6 six (sees)
    • 7 sept (set)
    • 8 huit (weet)
    • 9 neuf (neuf)
    • 10 dix (deece)
  • 02:55 – Place Names
    • Curepipe
    • Grand Bassin
    • Beau Bassin
    • Mont Choisy
    • Quatre Bornes
    • Le Morne
    • Flic en Flac
    • Grand Gaube

Useful Links

If you are heading to Mauritius, be sure to check out Devina’s listing on Airbnb. She was an amazing Airbnb host and we left feeling like family.

Also check out these posts about Mauritius: