I.here [Brit hɪə, Am hɪr]ADVWhen here is used to indicate the location of an object/point etc close to the speaker, it is generally translated by ici: come and sit here = viens t'asseoir ici. When the location is not so clearly defined, là is the usual translation: he's not here at the moment = il n'est pas là pour l'instant. Remember that voici is used to translate here is when the speaker is drawing attention to an object/a place/a person etc physically close to him or her. For examples and particular usages, see entry below.
I.there [Brit ðɛː, ðə, Am ðɛr]PRON(as impersonal subject)There is generally translated by là after prepositions: near there = près de là etc and when emphasizing the location of an object/point etc visible to the speaker: put them there = mettez-les là. Remember that voilà is used to draw attention to a visible place/object/person: there's my watch = voilà ma montre, whereas il y a is used for generalizations: there's a village nearby = il y a un village tout près. there when unstressed with verbs such as aller and être is translated by y: we went there last year = nous y sommes allés l'année dernière, but not where emphasis is made: it was there that we went last year = c'est là que nous sommes allés l'année dernière. For examples of the above and further uses of there see the entry below.