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Foreign phrases you should know for your Monaco Grand Prix Yacht Charter

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Yachts docked in the marina next to the Monaco Grand Prix racetrack. At least 100 yachts in the photo

You are planning a Monaco Grand Prix yacht charter on one of the largest yachts in the world.  You speak English, but you’d like to be polite to the people of the area.

Here are some tips:

Monaco’s official language is French, so a few basic French phrases will be most helpful.

The people of Monaco also speak English and Italian, but they also speak Monegasque and Occitan (the southern French dialect) within their areas, although they are becoming more rare as the population changes.

Basic phrases to know:

English = hello
French =  bonjour

English = goodbye
French =  au revoir

English = please
French =  s’il vous plat

English = Thank you
French =  merci

English = you are welcome
French =  de rien

English = excuse me
French =  pardon

English = good morning
French =  bonjour

English = good night
French =  bonne nuit

English = Do you speak…?
French =  Parlez-vous…?
English = anglais
French  = francais

English = How are you ?
French =  Comment allez-vous?

English = yes
French = oui 

English = no
French = non
English = passport
French =  le passeport
English = post office
French =  la poste

English = bank
French =  la banque

English = postcard
French =  la carte postale

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Yacht Charter: How Do You Pronounce

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Black silhouette drawing of a man with bearded chin. He is facing the right side of the screen. His head is white, and it is filled with red letters, all jumbled. He is speaking, and letters are coming out of his mouth in jumbled form. They are funneling from his brain down to his mouth and out of it.

How do you pronounce…?

PRONUNCIATION OF DESTINATION NAMES

Prospective luxury yacht charter clients call to discuss possible itineraries for their vacations.  They ask us how to pronounce the names.  It’s understandable, as many destinations, especially in the Caribbean, trace their names and culture back hundreds of years.  The names come from European explorers and Conquistadors of the destinations, and the words have special meanings.

WHERE AM I GOING?

So you go to the Mediterranean, yet you question how to say the names of the cities there.   No worries. We clarify it all for you.

YACHT CHARTER DESTINATIONS WITH CHALLENGING NAMES

Here’s a short list of popular Caribbean and Mediterranean yacht charter destinations.  To the right of those names is their correct American English pronunciation. 

  • Cannes (France) – “CAN.”   Rhymes with MAN.  The “s” is silent.   Cannes does NOT  rhyme with “John” or “Lawn.”
  • Ibiza (Balearic Islands, Spain) –  “ee-BEE-za 

  • Antigua (Caribbean) – “an-TEE-ga”

  • Nevis (Caribbean) –  “NEE-vis”

  • Cay (as in, Cat Cay and Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas) – “key”

  • Marseilles (Mediterranean) – “mar-SAY
  • Versailles (Mediterranean) – “ver-SIGH

 

SUGGESTIONS, PLEASE!

In conclusion, can you think of any unique charter destinations with hard-to-pronounce names?  For instance, Basse-Terre in the Caribbean or the Dodacanese islands in Greece?

Please contact us at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ .  Let us know other names that you suggest that we clarify for yacht charter readers!  Thank you!  Danke!  Gracie!  Merci!

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