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Les salutations !

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

The different way to say “Hi” according to the time of the day and the person (s).

 

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

 


Pronunciation

PRONUNCIATION   There is nothing worse than knowing the right word but once you pronounce it, people don’t understand you !! So let’s have a look at a few pronunciation rules. Once you know how to pronounce the word, your brain identifies it very rapidly when it hears it, so by…

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VOUS vs TU

VOUS or TU ??   How embarrassing not to know which one to use ? Is there a rule, how do the French know which one to use ?   You are speaking to an adult : If the person is a family member = TU If the person is not a family member…

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Grammar for Dummies Nous vs On

Nous / On    What’s the difference bewteen « nous » and « on » ? Is there any ? NOUS = ON In reality in 90% of the cases, they both mean « we » in English. When speaking, the French tend to use less and less the « nous » form as it is always longer to pronounce. Give…

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Devoir and its many facets

The verb « devoir » = to must, to have The verb “devoir” is an irregular verb with various meanings. Je dois Tu dois Il/elle doit Nous devons Vous devez Ils/ells doivent   1st meaning : the notion of debt in the literal and figurative meanings : Combien est-ce que je vous…

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