Being able to say hello in French sets you up to start a conversation in one of the 28 countries of the world where French is the official language. It's also the second most frequently taught language in the world after English. When you're stuck for that English-to-French translation, there are a few different ways to help you find the right words.

Open a word processing program such as Microsoft Word, highlight the word and right-click the highlight. Click the "Translate" option. Select "French" from the "To" drop-down menu and click the green arrow button to translate the word.

Type the word into a free online translation website, such as SDL's Free Translation service. Type in the word--for example, "cat"--and select "French" from the drop-down menu. Click the "Translate" button and the translation appears on the right side of the screen.

Look up the word in a French and English dictionary, such as "Merriam-Webster's French-English Dictionary," "Larousse Student Dictionary French-English," "Cassell's French & English Dictionary" or "Webster's French-English Dictionary."

Contact a member of the American Translators Association. The association website offers a searchable database of people who offer translation services. Within the website's search form, narrow the search to English to French language translation in your zip code, where applicable.