French is the lingua franca of the Pyrenees. About 50% of the hikers are French, and many other hikers are Europeans who speak French. Many hotel/hostel/campsite owners only communicate in French. But not to worry! Here is your list of basic French words to easily get through most situations.
|Alone, Together||Seul, Ensemble|
|For us||Pour nous|
|Breakfast, lunch, dinner||Petit déjeuner, déjeuner, diner|
|Bank card (credit card or debit card)||CB / carte bancaire|
|No payment by bank card (written on signs)||Pas de CB|
|(Paying by) bank card||(Payer par) carte bancaire|
|(Paying with) cash||(Payer en) espece / cash|
|A bed for one night||Un lit pour une nuit|
|Drinkable (water)||Eau potable / potable|
|Not drinkable (water)||Eau non potable / non potable|
|A trail that circles back||Boucle|
|To + from (indicating time or distance)||A/R ; Aller/Retour|
If you would like to know how to say anything specific, please send an email and we would be glad to help you.