Provisions en Français

I was ringing groceries, provisions, the other day and had a fantastic little exchange en français.  To resume my French studies, left to decompose after high school, I started with learning how to say the various robot phrases that we, as caissiers and caissières, have to repeat to customers un mille times throughout the day.  I would try one phrase out on a French-speaking customer and then ask them how to say another phrase.  In this manner, my répertoire would grow with each transaction.

A French-speaking family was in my line and during her transaction, the daughter confirmed that they were speaking French. When the seniorly Mother came up to buy her groceries, she was speaking French to both her daughter in front of her and, coincidentally, the customer behind her.  Smoothly and non-chalantly, I slipped in my set of French phrases and nodded and smiled at her responses.  An adapted (and slightly embellished) version follows:


Moi: “Bounjour. Comment ça va aujourd’hui?”

Elle: “Bluh Blùh. Ça va?”

M: “Comme ci, comme ça.”

E: “Blûh Bluh.”

M: “Es que vous voulez des sac?”

E: “Non, bluh bluh blùh blûh bluh blùh bluh.”

M: “D’accord.”

“Bon. Le total est vingt-six, dix-neuf.”

“Sur trente, vingt?”

[Hmm hmmmm hmm… cha-ching zzzzpptt]

“Voici votre monnaie – quatre et un cent.”

“Et votre reçu.”

E: “Merci!”

M: “Merci beaucoup!”

E: “Blùh bluh blûh bluh bluh bluh!”

M: “A la prochaine!”


Uhn!!  French Week was so much fun that I extended it another week – Semaine de Française: Numéro Deux.



  1. ted said,

    August 19, 2009 at 3:59 am

    we oui!

  2. Brad B said,

    August 21, 2009 at 6:09 am

    I think bluh bluh needs an accent aigu. blúh blúh. ou peut-etre un accent circonflexe. blûh blûh.

  3. thedialect said,

    August 25, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    l’idée bien!

  4. Alysha Manke said,

    December 25, 2016 at 11:25 pm

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