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Les Salutations: Greetings in French

This month, we will not focus on a specific grammar point but on vocabulary!

We are going to look at greetings in French.

Here are the different ways to say “Hi” according to the time of the day and the person you are speaking to.

 

salut hi
bienvenue welcome
bonjour good day (greeting)
bonsoir good evening/night (greeting)
bonne journée good day (farewell)
bonne soirée good evening/night (farewell)
bonne nuit good night (farewell)
Comment allez-vous ? How are you? formal
Comment vas-tu ? How are you? informal
-bien -good
pas mal -not bad
ça va ? informal How’s it going? informal
-oui, ça va. informal it’s going good
-ça va pas. informal it’s not going too well
au revoir see you later
à bientôt see you soon
à tout à l’heure see you soon
s’il vous plaît Please
s’il te plaît informal
merci thank you
de rien you’re welcome
excusez-moi Excuse me (asking a question)
excuse-moi informal
pardonnez-moi Excuse me – bumping into someone, or moving through people
pardonne-moi informal
pardon
félicitations Congratulations
bonne chance Good luck
Monsieur Sir
Madame Madam
Mademoiselle Miss

 


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