Saying “Hello and Goodbye”
The first thing you should know in French is how to say “Hello”.
Like in English, there are different greetings for different times of the day. Here you can find out what to say when.
In France, it is polite to address someone you don’t know as “Monsieur” (Sir), “Madame” (Mrs) or “Mademoiselle” (which is now not legally used anymore – translated Miss).
Salut => this is how to say “Hello” to your friends. It can also mean “Good Bye” Here Les potes translates “Friends” in a more familiar way than “les amis”.
Coucou => this is how to say “Hello” to your closest friends. “Toi” translates “you“.
Bonjour => this is more polite and means “Good Day“.
Bonne journée => this is how you wish per se “Good day” to someone. It translates “Have a good day“.
Bonsoir => this is how you say “Good evening” to someone.
Bonne soirée => this is how you wish “Good evening” per se to someone. It translates “Have a good evening“. Here “Tout le monde” translates “everybody“.
“Au revoir” & “À bientôt” respectively mean “Good Bye” and “See you again“.
PS: Not putting the accents on the A and O is a spelling mistake that loads of frenchy french do.
Bonne nuit => you say it last thing at night.
Adieu => it’s a farewell greeting which is rarely used now except in romantic books and movies 😉
À demain => meaning “See you tomorrow!”
À tantôt => old version of “À bientôt“.
Hope you enjoyed your first French lesson!