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).

SAYING HELLO

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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”.

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Coucou => this is how to say “Hello” to your closest friends. “Toi” translates “you“.

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Bonjour => this is more polite and means “Good Day“.

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Bonne journée => this is how you wish per se “Good day” to someone. It translates “Have a good day“.

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Bonsoir => this is how you say “Good evening” to someone.

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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“.


SAYING GOODBYE

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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.

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Bonne nuit => you say it last thing at night.

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Adieu => it’s a farewell greeting which is rarely used now except in romantic books and movies 😉

OTHERS

À demain => meaning “See you tomorrow!

À tantôt => old version of “À bientôt“.

Hope you enjoyed your first French lesson!

Frenchychic

xoxo

About frenchychic

Born and raised in Paris, I am a Marketing and Sales professional. And now, I am a blogger! I used to be Australian, German and French (Parisian) and now a Londoner lady since February 2010. I love everything about France: the food, the wine, the fragrances, the designers, the music and our attitude, energy & character. My blog is not all about cosmetics nor fashion, is about what is happening in the world in a French perspective: how do we think? What do we think? Why do we thing like this? And what do we French think about YOU strangers from all over the world! It was my passion for arts, culture, international events & news, fashion that drove me into creating La French Attitude and I love every minute of it and I hope you too! Enjoy! Sté xxx

Posted on May 26, 2017, in Mind your French and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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