When learning a new language, acquiring politeness and courtesy’s rules, is very important.
In France, from a very young age, children are taught to say “please” and “thank you” whenever they are asking something.
- please : s’il vous plaît सिल्वूप्लै (formal) / s’il te plaît सिल्तप्लै (informal)
- thank you : merci मैर्सी
- thank you very much : merci beaucoup मैर्सी बोकू
It’s very important to respect those courtesy rules if you don’t want to seem rude. For example when you enter a shop or when you are about to pay at the cash-counter, you should always greet the person who is about to serve you. If you are about to buy bread in a bakery you should say : “Bonjour Madame, une baguette, s’il vous plaît.” (“baguette” is this typical long French bread). When leaving don’t forget to say : “Merci, au revoir“.
If someone says “merci” to you, you can answer :
- je vous en prie (formal) / je t’en prie (informal) : you are welcome, my pleasure, etc.
- de rien (more casual) : you’re welcome, it’s nothing, etc.